Kerrie Elizabeth (Rogers) Massaro – 49 years old from West Hartford, CT, died peacefully on November 1st, 2021. Kerrie fought breast cancer with incredible strength, courage and determination. An incredibly dedicated mother of two amazing daughters, the best wife, a loyal daughter and granddaughter, a protective and loving sister, Kerrie always loved being with her family and friends. As an adult, Kerrie was a lifelong educator, trainer, and natural leader. She loved being a member of the Conard Physical Education & Health Staff. She worked with an incredible group in the sports department; she loved being a Conard Chieftain. She was passionate about football, but her favorite pastime was helping young people learn, grow, and build their confidence to help them develop life skills that they can use for all aspects of their lives. Kerrie had a particular passion and love for women’s sports and promoting gender equality. She coached Conard Girls Soccer for 16 years, including 6 years as a varsity head coach. It was more than just coaching to win (which she loved), it was about being a team, a family where they kept improving to increase success. Kerrie has found great joy and satisfaction in being a trainer / consultant at Spirit Sports Camp and coaching Unified Sports. Kerrie has touched countless lives and helped so many young people grow with confidence, love, and respect for themselves and for others. Kerrie was the most incredible mom and made sure her daughters were always top priority. She couldn’t spend enough time with her girls. It was a pure pleasure to see them grow and develop into outstanding young women who are strong, independent, loving people. She was always their main supporter in everything they did; be it football, lacrosse, choir, musicals and more. She was married to her best friend and had a unique special relationship. As life presented them with various challenges, their relationship only got stronger. A loving trust and a bond that can never be broken. Kerrie has amazing sisters whose love for one another and their families cannot be described. Kerrie was vehemently protective of her family and would always be there when life got difficult to support and help them in any way possible. We have and are surrounded by a great family of aunts, uncles and cousins who help everyone slowly heal. Kerrie grew up in Franklin, MA in a fun-loving home on 610 Oak Street. 610 was a home full of family and a multitude of friends who were welcomed with open arms. This home will always have a special place in our family hearts. Kerrie has always been a very good athlete. As a young girl she was a gymnast and as she got older she discovered her passion for soccer. Kerrie was a very good player for the Franklin Panthers and eventually became captain of the team. Kerrie developed and maintained lifelong friendships with a great group of her Franklin friends, especially her dear friend Tracie. Kerrie continued playing at Mitchell College, where she met her husband and made other lifelong friends – Damato, BA, Maureen and Beth along with many others. She also had a great career in college football, joining the All-New England Team. Kerrie received her associate degree in physical education and athletic training from Mitchell. Kerrie then went to SUNY Cortland and did her bachelor’s degree in physical education and physical education. This was followed by a visit to Springfield College and her Masters degree. Kerrie studied all her life and eventually graduated as an Administrator (Masters in Educational Leadership from CCSU). Kerrie and her husband decided to settle in West Hartford and start their family. Kerrie loved this city and everything it had to offer from the start. She was introduced to Conard by our close family friends, the Moffos, and she quickly became a proud Conard Chieftain. We were lucky enough to make good friends with our first house on Westgate Street (Vargas, Gionfriddos, Lori and Jodi). After outgrowing our house, we moved to Spring Lane, where we made some of our best friends, affectionately known as the WeHa crew, with whom we grew very close. The first family we met and became close to were the Ledwiths, and a special family friendship came about through a bond with Kerrie and Tara. Tara has helped Kerrie and our family through the most difficult time and we are forever grateful. Kerrie was athletic in everything she played and her competitive spirit was contagious. The countless memories Kerrie made with her teammates were the foundation of becoming the great teacher and trainer her entire life. Kerrie believed that team sports taught you many life lessons. When she wasn’t exercising, she enjoyed exercising with her family – especially the U.S. women’s soccer team, the UCONN women’s basketball team, the New England Patriots (or the team that Tom Brady always plays on), and the Yankees. (Kerrie’s side of the family will eventually forgive her husband for making her a Yankees fan). Our family had a great appreciation for team sports and used them to bond and grow closer together. Kerrie touched so many lives and only her family and friends. This is a great loss to her daughters – we ask that you support them now and in the future as we find our healing path. Kerrie’s memory and legacy will live on through her students, players, and families. God bless Kerrie and thank you for all you’ve given us – missed but never forgotten. Kerrie leaves behind her husband Matt Massaro and their two daughters Kathleen Massaro and Lauren Massaro. Sisters Alicia Traverse, Terese Busker-Lopez and Erin Rogers-Prouty and all their wonderful children. Brother-in-law Rocco Massaro and Joey Massaro and their children, mother-in-law Kathy Massaro and all her cousins. She is reunited with her loving mother Ann E. Mateuszczyk-Rogers (Mama), Papa, Ma and Aunt Nene, Uncle Paul, Uncle Neil and her father-in-law Rocco Massaro. Finally, we would like to thank all of our families, friends and colleagues who supported us in our most difficult time. Special thanks to “Kerrie’s Team” of professionals who have treated and helped Kerrie by all means: Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute (Dr. Defusco, Annie and all of their great contributors), Dana Farber, Connecticut Natural Health , Lexington Natural Health Center, Alane, Avinoam and Jenn. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring her memory by either donating to the Coach Massaro Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will benefit a senior female soccer player. You can use this link https://gofund.me/43b72257 or send checks to Conard High School c / o Coach Massaro Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and we will ask that this money be donated to triple negative breast cancer research. This type of cancer continues to be a healing challenge for too many people, and we want to help put an end to this disease. You can donate to the following link to BCRF https://give.bcrf.org/fundraiser/3575014. The Christian funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford. The funeral will be private. Friends can call Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, Monday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For online condolences, please visit: www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com
Published by Hartford Courant on November 4, 2021.