In Memory of Catherine M. Shuttleworth

May 2, 1949 - June 12, 2024

Resided in Utica, NY


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Catherine Michaele Shuttleworth, 75, of Utica, passed away on June 12, 2024, with her family by her side after a long illness.

She was born May 2, 1949, in Utica, daughter of Mary “Molly” (Clonan) and George “Joe” Kennerknecht.

Cathy graduated from Utica Catholic Academy. Afterwards, as a single mother of four Cathy went on to receive her LPN at Utica School of Practical Nursing, graduating Valedictorian of her class. She later furthered her education at St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing, receiving her RN degree.

Working for many decades in nursing, primarily at St. Elizabeth’s as a cardio-thoracic nurse. Cathy spent many years saving countless lives and educating many in her field.

Cathy was known for her sense of humor, infectious laugh and undying devotion to her family. If one was sick or hurt or in trouble, Cathy was always there without being asked, every day, without hesitation. She loved ceramics, fencing, crocheting, chatting with friends, and everything purple.

Catherine is survived by her children, Karen and Bill “Cos” Costner of Greece, NY, Debi and Marek Rzonca of Clifton Park, NY, Kim and Tony Fortino of Celina, TN, and Eric and Kelly Shuttleworth of Utica, NY ; grandchildren, Gabrielle, Marek, Caitlin, Brittany, Sabrina, Sophie, Jacob, Adam, Renee, Ethan, Evan, and her very first great grandchild due to arrive in September ; siblings Eric and Kamleh Kennerknecht, Shelly and Chuck Delmonte, and Lisa Kennerknecht ; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents Mary “Molly” and George “Joe” Kennerknecht ; brothers Scott and Andy Kennerknecht ; and her very best friend Nancy Dukes.

The family would like to thank the staff at Sitrin for the care and kindness they gave to Cathy over the past years.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, friends may want to consider a donation to The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration.

Online messages of sympathy may be left at

Arrangements are in the care of Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services, New Hartford.

“To the world she was our mother, to us she was our world”