Catherine S. Senita

Catherine Sgro Senita of Newport News passed away on August 29, 2023, after a short illness. She was born in Barnesboro, PA, over 100 years ago to Frank and Antonia (Spadaro) Sgro.

She began her professional career at Penn State, assisting law professors in publishing their books, a job she always said was her favorite and most challenging job. After marrying John and moving to Newport News, she started as a bookkeeper for Firestone Insurance, retiring as Vice President over 30 years later. Catherine achieved her insurance license in 1979 and maintained it until it expired two days after she reached 100. She was active in the Peninsula and Virginia Association of Insurance Women and thrived in mentoring women into the profession. Catherine received their Insurance Woman of the Year Award in 1989. She continued to work in the trade until she was 95.

Catherine had a passion for bridge and was a member of the Peninsula Bridge Center and continued to enjoy playing with her neighbors after moving to The Chesapeake. She and John were members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel for over 60 years, and she was an active member of the Ladies of Carmel and a sponsor for the RICA Program. Catherine enjoyed scrabble, bingo, and bridge and never missed a tennis match on TV…. but mostly enjoyed visits from her extended family and friends. She will be remembered for her amazing smile and never-ending kindness.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 56 years, John Senita, brother Peter, and sisters Frances and Dominica.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Robert Bradshaw, sisters Beatrice McMullen and Mary Gaul, and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received from 11:00 until noon on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 100 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601. The funeral mass will begin at noon. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School, 52 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601, or online via

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  1. Christine A Pimblett

    I fondly remember Mrs. Senita’s warm, genuine smile, her kindness, and her dedication to family and friends. She was ever present at Pimblett gatherings, both happy and sad occasions. 100 years well lived. A role model for all of us.

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