The Life of Katherine D. McKay

 Katherine D. (nee DeCarlo) McKay, 81, formerly of Lower Merion, died October 2, 2021 at her home at Lima Estate in Media. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she was a graduate of John Bartram High School and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. from Temple University. She served as Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Land Title Institute, retiring in 2005. With her sense of humor and welcoming presence, she and her late husband Daniel created a loving home where their sons' friends would often visit on their own. Their ability to share stories and listen when others spoke drew people to them.


Beloved wife of Daniel, who died in 2016, Survivors include her sons, David (Kim) McKay, and Keith (Lori) McKay; her brother, Robert (Linda) DeCarlo and 4 grandchildren: Oliver, Joshua, Lauren and Sara.


Funeral service will be 11 am on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Toppitzer Funeral Home at Arlington Cemetery, 2900 State Rd Drexel Hill.

 Visitation: begins at 10:30 am

Interment: Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, PA 19026



Service livestream:      

 Contributions Unite for Her (an organization supporting women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer):


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Katherine was a brilliant writer of memos and reports.  She was so good at it you actually wanted to read every word because she always threw in something subtly funny, right in the middle of a brilliant or important point.  Katherine, you were a treasure and I was honored to work with you and call you a friend.  Rest In Peace.  Anne Anastasi 

Posted by Anne A on 10/07/2021

Made us all smile

Katherine was so good at not taking herself (or anyone else for that matter) too seriously. I always stopped at the Wayne office when visiting my aunt at Camilla Hall. Going down the steps to that tiny office, I knew I'd be greeted by a smile from a very busy woman, who always made time for all of us.

Posted by Fran K on 10/07/2021

Beloved mentor, colleague and friend

Katherine was a beloved mentor, colleague and friend. She gave of herself fully to everyone in her life.  We are all so fortunate to have been in her presence.  I will sorely miss her unparalleled wit, wisdom and kindness.  Rest in peace, Katherine.

Posted by Pamela C on 10/08/2021

Wonderful person

We met Katherine through Rosemary Augustine who asked her if she would edit my book. A memoir of a 60 + year love story and raucous army life. She agreed contact was by flash drive, email and telephone, we never met.  I wanted to meet this intelligent woman with a sense of humor so my wife and I called and visited Katherine at her home. Intending to only stay awhile and not impose upon her, our meeting lasted for hours.  We left feeling we were lifelong friends.  Bless her and may she now rest in peace. 

Posted by Vincent G on 10/10/2021