Kathleen Tara Hamilton, 27, of Metuchen, NJ passed away after a long battle against addiction on April 12, 2019 in Delray Beach, Florida.
Katie was born in Manhattan, and moved with our family to Metuchen in 1992. Katie attended Saint Francis Cathedral School, Edgar Middle School, Metuchen High School and after a transfer graduated from Union Catholic High School in 2010. She briefly attended the University of West Virginia, and left after becoming pregnant with her daughter Emily Claire. She also completed some coursework at Middlesex County College.
Katie played T-ball and softball in the Metuchen Little League, CYO Basketball, and Rec Soccer. She was a faithful Altar Server at Saint Francis Cathedral, where she also sang in the Youth and Junior Choirs. She was a Girl Scout and received the Bronze Award. She loved to dance and act and sing; she performed in plays at Edgar Middle School, and, along with her late brother Kevin, was in plays at “Kids in the Park”.
Katie was very involved in pro-life activities, volunteering at the Life Choices Research Center in Metuchen and active in the pro-life club at Union Catholic. She lived this value when faced with pregnancy at a young age.
Our Katie was one of the most courageous people you could know. Her story is difficult, but necessary to tell to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription pain medications. Following a car accident in 2013, she was prescribed pain medications that began her battle with addiction. She was in various treatment and sober living programs these past years, and like so many afflicted with this terrible disease, her recovery was a series of terrible suffering and small but hard-fought victories. She experienced horrific domestic violence, which after great effort and the help of the Metuchen Police Department, we were able to rescue her from. In 2018, her sober living home was destroyed by the hurricane in Wilmington, NC, and she came home for a few days while we tried to figure out next steps. She had been clean for over 6 months, and sadly relapsed and almost died. Tragically her brother Kevin had also tried the opiates and died from a fentanyl overdose last September. Following Kevin’s funeral, Katie entered a treatment program in Florida, where she was doing unbelievably well. We visited her twice, and just in March, had a wonderful visit with her. We cried together, laughed together, and left there with the hope and happiness that our beloved Katie was back with us for good. She had a great job where she was loved and supported by her manager and co-workers, a beautiful home by the beach and her job, and we continued to stay in touch with her. Financial considerations apparently forced her to move out of her sober living home, unbeknownst to us. She relapsed and died of an overdose one day after moving out. Addiction is a relentless and powerful disease. Our Katie was a woman of great courage, always loving her daughter Emily and all of us, and willing to fight, to rebuild her life, and to overcome her disease. She helped so many in NA, in her work, and always brought a smile and laughter with her. We know she is with her brother and her family in heaven - and look forward to the day when we can all be home together. Despite what we see or experience in this life, we know that God is always victorious, and that victory of love is for each and every one of us. If God could love Katie more than we do, then all will truly be well.
Katie is predeceased by her brother Kevin, her maternal grandparents, John and Kathleen Grogan, her paternal grandfather, Raymond Hamilton, her uncle Michael Grogan, and her uncle Christopher Grogan.
She is survived by her beautiful daughter Emily Claire, her parents, Kenneth and Nancy Hamilton, her sister, Annie, her grandmother Eugenie Hamilton of The Bronx, New York, her aunts and uncles Robert and Kathleen Cardone of Freehold, New Jersey, Christopher and Veronica Hamilton of Randolph, New Jersey, John and Kathy Grogan of Valemount, British Columbia, Grace Tenaglia of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and cousins Jessica, Peter, Stephanie, Nina, Patrick, Lisa, Michael, Dan, Theresa, and Christine.
We will all love and miss our beautiful Katie. She was a person of great courage and perseverance, a daughter and mother who truly loved each of us and of whom we were and will always be proud - something we never tired of telling her. We will be forever grateful to everyone who helped us and Katie in her recovery: our many friends in the Metuchen and St. Francis Cathedral communities, the Metuchen Police Department, Katie’s NA and our Nar-Anon support communities, and all who have prayed for her and for us over this long struggle. Please continue to pray for Katie, for Kevin, and for our family.
In lieu of flowers, an education fund for Katie’s daughter Emily has been established. Checks may be made payable to Emily Crincoli c/o Nancy Hamilton and mailed to Costello Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen, New Jersey 08840.
In addition, a GoFundMe (Katie’s Gift to Emily) has been set up. Please use this link:
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