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Kathleen Sargent
  • July 16, 1949
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  • August 11, 2022

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Kathleen Donnell Sargent, 73, of Winter Springs, FL, died peacefully under hospice care for pneumonia, August 11, 2022, at Advent Health – Altamonte Springs.

She was born July 16, 1949, in Montour Falls, NY, to Michael and Jeanne (Smith) Donnell. Kathy graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1967 and earned degrees from Alfred State University, A.S, 1972, University of Rochester, B.A. Psychology, B.A. Sociology, 1976 and University of Central Florida, M.Ed. Elementary Education 1985. During her high school and college years, she was an athlete and received varsity letters in tennis. 

She was married to John Sargent, July 1972, at the Alfred State University campus church. They had two sons (twins), Andrew John Sargent, and Brian Michael Sargent in 1979.

In 1972, Kathy was employed by Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY, as an associate in International Marketing. In 1979, the warm weather and sunning skies of Florida beckoned, and she and spouse settled in Winter Springs, FL, where they remained for 43 years. After raising her boys until school age, she was employed at Eastbrook Elementary and later Heathrow Elementary school, Lake Mary, Seminole County, FL, where she taught for 30 years. Kathy was determined to teach her students how to develop a thirst for knowledge and be lifetime learners. She was awarded Teacher of the Year, Heathrow Elementary in 2001.

Being a teacher gave her the opportunity to enjoy vacations during the summer with her Sons and Siblings (6), in her childhood hometown of Watkins Glen, on the shores of Seneca Lake in the finger lakes region of central NY. They would rent a lake cabin and enjoyed swimming, fishing, and picnics with family.


She is survived by her husband, John Sargent (Winter Springs, FL), sons, Andrew (Caitlin) Sargent (Jacksonville, FL), Brian (Kimberly) Sargent (Orlando, FL), grandchildren, Caroline, Lily and Aiden and siblings, Linda (Lee) Bradley, Newington, CT, Michael (Susan) Donnell, Hilton Head, SC, Timothy (Laurie) Donnell, Pittsford, NY,  Carol (Robert) Tully, Deerfield Beach, FL, Barbara Donnell (John Doolittle), Watkins Glen, NY, and Mary Donnell (Eric Herminghausen), East Burke, VT.

Services will be private, Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, at a date TBD.

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  1. Zenobia Craig lit a candle:
    18 Sep 2022
    Lit since September 18, 2022 at 9:54:30 PM

  2. Loriann Kaas says:
    05 Sep 2022
    I am saddened to hear the news of Kathy’s passing. She was a wonderful mentor and grade partner to me at Heathrow Elementary. It was evident Kathy had a passion for the teaching profession and instilled a love of learning to her third grade students. I was blessed to have known her and for my son to of had her as his teacher.
    Rest In Peace, Mrs. Sargent.

  3. Kathleen Dinger says:
    02 Sep 2022
    Kathy was quite an amazing teacher , friend and person. I was so surprised to learn of her passing. I was on the 3rd grade team with her. We shared the same name and a passion for our faith. Prayers for her family! May she Rest In Peace.
    Kathy Dinger

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    28 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 28, 2022 at 8:52:22 PM

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  7. Christine Harding says:
    24 Aug 2022
    Kathy was an incredible educator. She gave her heart and had dedication and passion for her career. She was a teammate of mine in both third and fifth grade. She will be missed. Sendin prayers to her family.

  8. Judy Segall lit a candle:
    19 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 19, 2022 at 8:24:51 AM

  9. Judy Segall says:
    19 Aug 2022
    Kathy was a good friend while I was at Heathrow. I learned a lot from her. I was sad to her of her passing. My love goes out to the family.

  10. Gail Sargent posted an image:
    18 Aug 2022
    John and Kathy at Brian and Kim's wedding
    John and Kathy at Brian and Kim's wedding

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