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Kathleen J. Tillis
  • November 15, 1963
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  • December 03, 2011

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Kathleen J. Tillis, 48, of Lake Mary died Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Florida Hospital South.  Kathy was born November 15, 1963 in Huntington, NY to the late Kathleen and Gerard LoRusso.  She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Nursing Degree.  Kathy is survived by her fiancé, Robert Hoogland and sister, Tracy Thomas.   A memorial mass will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church, Apopka.  Time and dates are pending at this time.

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  1. 07 Sep 2014
    Stella says:
    We were friends for a very long time and I am sorry we lost touch. I miss our fun weekends at the beach. Take care my friend,RIP

  2. 15 Nov 2012
    your loving daughter says:
    Happy Birthday!!!! Love you always!!!!!

  3. 22 Dec 2011
    tracy ford says:
    To my dearest sis kathi
    I love and miss you so much. You are finally at peace with the lord and are no longer suffering. Kathi you were always there for me no matter what. Growing up as sisters up until now we weren't just sisters we were best friends. Countless nights we stayed up togeher either on the phone or in your room laughing,talking,and just enjoying life. You were the best sister, mother, grandmother,daughter,aunt,great aunt,wife,and best friend anyone ever had in their life. I am truly going to miss your beauty,voice,smile,smell,touch,and sense of humor. Katie,joey,and christopher she loved you very much and wanted the best for you all. Andy and joey thanks you for doing your best and giving all your love to my sister. Kathi I can't wait until the day we see each other again. I know you have a beautiful crown with so many jewels on it in heaven. You had the biggest heart and opened it to many. I love you kathi give mom,dad,and mary a kiss for me. For those who loved and knew my sister kathi knows what she wanted in life. In that was to be a very succesful woman in which she was, beautiful in which she was, and to be loved by her family and friends who meant the most to her. I love you sister you may finally reast in peace.

    Love your sis tracy (doodle bug)

  4. 22 Dec 2011
    courtney ford says:
    Aunt kathi I love you very much and miss you I will never forget all the times I stayed at ur house and the fun we had and stayed up all night laughing and christmas we spents last year at my house and I will never forget u always say that I'm going to be the next nancy grace and u always wanted me to live with u I can imagine how beautiful you look as an angel in heaven with nanny papa and aunt mary thanks for everything you have done for me and you will be dearly missed

    Love: your niece courtney

  5. 22 Dec 2011
    Amanda Turner says:
    Though it has been many years since we'd seen each other Kathi was like a second mom growing up with Katie. She was always the "cool mom" that everyone wanted to be around and I'll always remember all the good times. Throughout the years I know there has been many struggles but now rest in peace! Katie you are in my thoughts and I'm here if you need me.

  6. 21 Dec 2011
    Lourdes Lendoiro says:
    Just one more person that passed through your life. You came into our lives through my brother....you did LOVE your Katy-Pooh and she loved you....I Hope that happiness envelopes you in HEAVEN, where we will all be free of pain and we will all be together again. Godspeed and May the Lord and angels care for you forever.

  7. 21 Dec 2011
    Stephanie Dye says:
    I remember Kathi well, back when Katie was a teenager and Joey was just a toddler. The woman I remember loved her kids fiercely and protected them like a momma bear. She was full of energy and spoke her mind and you always knew where you stood with her. I lost touch with the family over the years, but I know what a great person Katie has become and Kathi had a lot to do with that. Katie, Joey and Joey, I am truly sorry for the pain and loss you are all going through now and I hope and pray that you all find the strength and peace to get through this extremely difficult time.

  8. 21 Dec 2011
    Danny Snider says:
    As stated by others here, Kathi was by far one of the most giving and unselfish people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. Like many of Katie's friends, she was a second mom to me. She always had fun with us and lifted our spirits when we were down and she congratulated us when we accomplished something but at the same time she spoke the truth and always told us how it was even if it wasn't what we wanted to hear and for that we all loved her. I haven't seen or talked to her in a few years but that can't diminish the impact that she had on my life as well as many others. I just hope that everybody remembers her for the wonderful human being she was. She truly will be missed.

  9. 21 Dec 2011
    Alicia Lendoiro says:
    I was your sister in law many years ago. You shared your beautiful baby girl, Katie, with us and she was truly the JOY of our family. I am so sorry that life seperated us. I wish we could have stayed in touch. I wish we could have met Joey. I pray to God that your pain is gone and that you will forever be in HIS grace. You will be missed Kathy. You were a beautiful woman.
    May you forever rest in peace.

  10. 21 Dec 2011
    Chris Turner says:
    I am so sorry to hear of this loss. As a childhood friend of her daughter, you were such a big part of all of our lives growing up and many memories. My prayers are with Katie, the Joeys and your family in this time.

  11. 21 Dec 2011
    Andy says:
    My love and prayers will always be with you. Godspeed honey! Love always Me!

  12. 21 Dec 2011
    Daughter says:
    I just want to add to the respect of those who are still here and love her very much that she leaves behind a son Joey Tillis, a grandson Chritopehr Simmons, many nieces and nephews who all loved her very much, 2 brothers Joe and Russell, 3 sisters Tracey, Dawn,& Dorothy. and many friends who were there while she struggled, and myself her daughter Katoe Thompson. I jsut wanted to correct one of the many untrue statements that were made through this obituary. she also did not graduate from the university of phoenix but was a very successful nurse. she was not engaged to Mr. Robert Hoogland either he was her lawyer and handled and helped her finances throught the years he was a friend to her and we all hope his intentions were true as she did love and trust him very much. I just thought it was important to make her obituary about her and list the truth so she can be remembered correctly. We all loved and will continue to love you very much. all the angels you worshipped and loved for so long have finally found you. You are now at peace finally....

  13. 21 Dec 2011
    Katie Thompson says:
    I am her daughter that her lawyer not her fiance forgot to mention in her obituary. she was one of the most loving people in the world who unfortunatly had a very rough life that anyone would havea tough time recovering from. My brother (yes she had a son too and a beautiful grandson) Joey are glad you are now at peace. I hope you can now find the happiness you were always looking for. I will never forgive those that wouldnt share your last days with us and I know you would never forgive them for how they are treating us now. Whats most important now is that yu are finally at peace and i cant wait for the day i get to be with you once again while you are smiling with a clear mind and not in pain with a clouded sense of reality. as you are now looking down at us i hope you can now see all we tried to do for you and that it was all because we loved you sooo much. RIP mom. your forever loving daughter.

  14. 18 Dec 2011
    Fadia Skaff says:
    Kathi I were more than friends, but like sisters. I am her best friend, blood donor, and volunteer caregiver. I am not her biological sister as stated in the obituary. Kathi, you sacrificed your life for your two children, Joey and Katy. You were loving and caring and thoughtful friend. You encouraged me to go to nursing school, you got your wish. You wanted me to be at your beside when passed away; you got your wish. Kathy, I know you are safe in Jesus hands, free of harm and suffering; no more medication,no more hospital stay. no more doctors. "Flight high my angel, you are free"; I didn't loose you, you are in my heart and soul". You will be missed! LOVE FADIA.
    Gary, Nick and Justin

  15. 16 Dec 2011
    KAYE TILLIS-SIMERLY says:
    KATHI YOU NEVER KNEW HOW MUCH YOU WERE LOVED. YOU HAD SUCH A HARD TIME WITH LIFE. YOU HAVE TWO BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN WHO ARE ALSO HAVING A HARD TIME WITH LIFE. KATY AND JOEY TILLIS. I KNOW WITH ALL OF MY HEART THAT YOU LOVED THEM. YOU STRESSED SO MANY TIMES TO ME THAT YOU WANTED NOTHING BUT THE BEST FOR THEM. MAY YOU BE AT REST FOREVER IN OUR FATHERS ARMS.LOVE YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW. I WILL ALWAYS KEEP YOU IN MY HEART.

  16. 09 Dec 2011
    Cindy Matheny says:
    I am so shocked. Kathi and I were close friends for years; had a parting of the ways a few years back when I was moving away from Sanford and she had some issues. She would give everything she had to help someone else. Kathi loved her children, her friends, and I will never forget how she took in me, my kid, my mom, my cats and dog, my mom's and my birds, during the hurricanes of '04. But that was Kathi, over and over, I can't say enough how good she was to her friends. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Katie, Joey, Joey, I am so sorry.

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