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Rita Catherine Guglielmo

Rita Catherine Guglielmo

Rita Catherine Guglielmo was known as Katie to her friends and family. Katie grew up in Hawaii but moved several times because her father was in the military. They lived overseas in Germany and Puerto Rico and many years later Katie's parents retired in Tampa, Florida. Katie graduated summa cum laude for both of her Master's Degrees, one in Psychology and one in early child education. She worked in the school system for a time but an opportunity arose that Katie could not pass up.

Katie's grandmother taught her to play the piano and although Katie was quite accomplished in her schooling, her passion for music and entertainment swayed her career choice. Katie was approached to play piano on a cruise ship and over the next 30 years, toured the world performing on board all the great ocean liners. Her audiences included an extreme list of "who's who" throughout the years and she always "dressed for the show". Yet, Katie didn't spend much money on herself and recognized that she was living a life that so many weren't able to even conceive. She began saving her money and making gifts to causes that were dear to her heart, which included homeless individuals and families in St. Petersburg. Katie believed that "everyone needs to pay it forward".

Katie passed away August, 2018. Just a few months before she was to appear on America's Got Talent. Katie would light up a room and lived life exactly as she wanted but made certain to make the arrangements necessary to continue her giving to our neighbors in need. And we are so grateful she did. Thanks to Katie, our homeless families will have new beds and mattresses, which has been a great need for the past year.

Our Family Residence opened in 2013 and provides housing to over 100 families every year. Katie is paying it forward and improving the lives of our homeless families as they transition into independent living. Thank you Katie.


If you have any questions about how to make a charitable RMD, please contact:

Sheree Wysocki
Donor Development Officer
sheree.wysocki@stpetersburgfreeclinic.org
727-821-1200 ext. 123

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