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Catherine Sessa, 97, Of Stamford, First Woman Bank VP In Conn.

STAMFORD, Conn. - Catherine (Kay) Sessa, a lifelong resident of Stamford, May 1. She was 97.

Sessa was born in Stamford Nov. 20, 1915, daughter of Michael and Margaret (Sabia) Claps. She graduated from Stamford High School. After graduation, she began a career in banking that spanned over 40 years. She worked her way from an entry level position at the Italian Loan to become the first woman vice president in the banking industry in the State of Connecticut, a position she held in the Atlantic National Bank on Bedford Street. She held the position of corporate secretary for the Bank. She completed her banking career with State National Bank in Stamford.

Sessa volunteered for the Red Cross and was a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. She received an award for her volunteer services from the Bone Marrow Foundation. She and her husband served as foster parents in the Fresh Air Children's program.

Sessa is survived by sister, Batiste Claps (Alfred) Giuliani; brothers-in-law, Wesley T. Sessa and Robert Sessa; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred Sessa; siblings, Angelina Lovello, Louis M. Claps, Anna Claps, Nettie Sessa and Elizabeth Claps.

Calling hours will be Monday, May 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lacerenza Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8 Schuyler Ave., Stamford. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Ave., Stamford by Fathers Nicholas Pavia and Richard Futie. Entombment will follow at St. John's Cemetery in Darien.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Kay's memory can be made to Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902 or VITAS Innovative Hospice Care , 99 Hawley Lane, Suite 1204, Stratford, CT 06614.

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