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Tracey B. (Brown) Katz
August 5, 2023
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Katz, Tracey B. (nee: Brown) of Philadelphia, PA, passed away suddenly in her home on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at the age of 67.
She was born on November 26, 1955, to Morton S. and Clarabel M. Brown (nee: Marter) of Burlington Township, NJ. She was a graduate of Burlington Township High School, Class of 1974, and received her BA in Art History from La Salle College in 1978. Until her retirement in 2019, she worked at such places as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 7-Eleven, CVS, Rhawnhurst Elementary School, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau.
Tracey was a voracious reader, loved writing and receiving “snail mail” letters, and frequented art and history museums of all subjects, especially J.A.M. Whistler. She was a collector of penguins and otters. She was a devoted fan of Bruce Springsteen and saw him in concert over 200 times. But she will be most remembered for her incredible memory and sense of humor, her encyclopedic repertoire of jokes that brought joy to so many of her family members, coworkers, and friends, and her special relationship with her son, for whom she was always bursting with pride. She spent her final years in a brave battle against ovarian cancer that she did not let limit or define her. To the end, she was happy and loved.
Tracey is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Michael J. Katz, her son Dr. Spencer R. Katz and his partner Dr. Zeynep C. Koç, stepson Michael J. Katz, sisters Allison J. (Keith) Münch (nee: Brown) and Dr. Valerie I. Brown, niece Karen S. (Joseph) Carino (nee: Münch), and great-nephew Mason Carino.
Viewings for Tracey to celebrate her life will be held at the PAGE FUNERAL HOME, 302 E. Union St., Burlington on Friday, August 11, from 6-8pm and Saturday, August 12, from 10-11am. A funeral service will begin at 11am, burial will be private.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111, or the Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.