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Visitation: 7:00-9:00 PM Saturday September 16, 2017 Whitley's Funeral Home
Service: 5:00 PM Sunday September 17, 2107 St. James the Greater Catholic Church Concord, NC
Interment: Later Date St. Jame's Catholic Church Cemetery
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Andrea Elizabeth Kubatek Palo, 61, of Concord passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at her home after a battle with cancer.

A funeral mass will be held at 5:00 PM Sunday, September 17 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church with Fr. Jerome Chavarria C.Ss.R. and Fr. Vang Con Tran C.Ss.R. officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at the church cemetery. Her family will receive friends at Whitley’s Funeral Home from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Saturday, September 16 and then she will lie in state at the church from 4:00 to 5:00 PM Sunday prior to the mass.

Andrea was born March 12, 1956 in Medina NY, a daughter of the late Stanley R. and Catherine Campana Kubatek. As a young adult, Andrea was the first licensed female barber in the state of New York, working at Arto’s Barber Shop in Vestal, New York; where she met her husband, Bob. She moved to this area with her husband in 1979 and volunteered in the public schools and was a substitute teacher. Andrea earned her A.S. in Business Computer Programing and then went on to be a licensed paralegal, working several years for Huber Engineered Woods. She then followed her heart for disadvantaged youth by becoming elected to and serving on the Cabarrus County School Board, finally becoming Director of Communities In Schools and serving there until her health forced her to retire. Andrea was a woman of strong faith and a very active member of St. James the Greater Catholic Church, where she directed the contemporary choir in the 5:00 PM mass until she could no longer stand. Her children remember Andrea as an amazing cook, always making delicious meals for the family or others in need. She never met a stranger and was selfless to a fault. Her passion for children in need and her kindness to others will always be her defining legacy. She will be dearly missed.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 39 years, Robert Palo of the home, her sons, Robby Palo (Catherine) of Tampa FL, Adam Palo (Aleshia) of Raleigh, 2 granddaughters, Tara and Adalina, her sister, Judith Waszak and nieces, Nicole James of Kannapolis and Stephanie Waszak of NY.

Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 880 Fawn Cir SW, Concord, NC 28025
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From: Sharon Cox
"I met Andrea in the Republican Women's club several years ago. She was always passionate, loved God, family, people and her church. She was always friendly and smiling. Definitely Andrea was one of the best people I ever had the pleasure to know. So very sorry for your loss."
From: Cecilia Rouse
"Andrea was a true bright light in the world. Such a caring and compassionate lady who loved her family and friends fiercely. She will be greatly missed. Prayers of comfort and healing for her husband, sons, grand-daughters and other family."
From: Gloria and Fred Fierch
"So sorry about Andrea, Our condolences to all of you, she was a beautiful person! She loved life and her family! Very proud to have her as a cousin! She will be greatly missed."
From: Ann Burr
"Andrea was a light in this dark world. Her smile was contagious and her passion for Christ, family and children was relentless. I am so thankful that our paths crossed. She will be greatly missed."
From: Katie Kennedy Slench
"My Mother and Andrea's mother were such good friends that my parents were Andrea's Godmother and Andrea's parents were my Godparents. Andrea and I were dear childhood friends and we have kept in touch through Facebook. I know that her strong faith propelled her straight to heaven and she danced right through the pearly gates into the waiting arms of her parents! Such a lovely image. God bless her family as they adjust to life without her ravaged body but may her love and treasured memories offer them comfort."
From: Joannie and Vic Kyslinger
"Our thoughts and prayers comfort Andrea's husband,sons,grand-daughters and all other family members. What an awesome and wonderful lady full of life so caring of others. She left a very positive impression with all! I will always remember your smile Andrea and what a beautiful lady you are. Concord and the whole world has lost a real warrior on this earth. Rest in peace my friend rest in peace."
From: Katie (Niman) Kohoutek
"Bob, Robby, and Adam, my heart goes out to you in this incredibly sad time. I take comfort in knowing Andrea is no longer in pain and is rejoicing in heaven. I will always remember Andrea as my band Mom, bringing me my first taste of coffee ice cream after I got my wisdom teeth out, our trips to the cabin, and fireworks in our back yard. I will remember her incredible strength and love forever. Love, Katie"
From: R.Starnes
"The moment that you died our hearts were torn in two,one side filled with heartache the other died with you. I often lie awake at night when the world is fast asleep,and take a walk down memory lane with tears upon my cheek. Remembering you is easy,I do it everyday,but missing you is heartache that will never go away. I hold you tightly within my heart and there you will remain.Until that joyus day arrives,that we will meet again."
From: Vicky Slusser
"My prayers for the Palo family. Andrea's love for The Lord was only matched by the love for her family. Bob, the boys and her granddaughters were her life and she fought the battle for them. We were fast friends and I know she protected my heart this past year. "Girl", you will be missed, and "no, I don't want to" 'check out your bag'! You always knew how to make me laugh, when I wanted to cry. You were loved!"
From: Sandy Coyle
"I have known Andrea for many years from St.James The greater. I have known Andrea for many years from Saint James the greater church.Andrea always had a smile and a heart filled with so much love.She loved her family and her church and gave unconditionly to all she met on her life,s pathways. She will be greatly missed by all she encounted in her journey of life.May god bless her family."
From: Robert T. Williams
"Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."
From: Susan Osada and Augustine Thompson
"Andrea was one of the sweetest persons I have ever known. She was instrumental in guiding and teaching and helping my son through his first communion preparation. She was such a fighter and had a wonderful sense of grace and humor through it all. I wish we had more time. May her soul forever rest in peace and may we meet again with Christ. My prayers and thoughts and love to her husband and family."
From: Russ and Linda Olson
"Andrea was a kind, caring, and compassionate women who served our Lord and community in a selfless manner. We mourn her passing."
From: sharon perez-sweatt
"so sorry for your loss andrea sang ave maria at my daugters funeral ill never forget that sweet voice i have missed her on sunday afternoon mass and will miss her so much more god bless the family"
From: Ann Burr
"Andrea will truly be missed. I am so thankful that our paths crossed at Cabarrus County Schools. She truly valued the work of teachers and wanted the best for all students. I will forever remember her as an inspirational person with a smile that could light up a room. Job very well done, Andrea!"
From: Michael Palo
"Our family has lost one of the kindest, generous, and delightful people we have ever known. Her smile, good cheer, and sense of humour were unforgettable, and anyone who came to know her was a better person afterwards. There are no words to express our sorrow. She has been taken from us long before she had been able to fulfil her most ardent desires. She sought to make the World a better place. Our deepest condolences go to her husband and my brother, Robert, and their wonderful sons Robert and Adam. I write these words on behalf of my wife, Martine, and our daughters, Michelle and Nicole. May you rest in peace with the angels, Andrea. God bless you!"
From: Cherie Gauthier
"Andrea was a special lady, I feel honored to have known her and she will always hold a special place in my heart. My thoughts are with her whole family."
From: Betsey Kennedy
"As Andrea's godmother, it doesn't surprise me that she was an amazing woman as she was a darling little girl. When we exchanged notes at Christmas and birthdays, she always told me about her great family and sent pictures. Thank you Bob, Robby, Adam and her granddaughters for loving her and being there for her these last years."
From: Suzzette schiffiano
"Andrea, you were love in motion. I will never forget. Bob and family, I will pray for peace to soon replace the heartache."
From: Danita Rickard
"I met Andrea when she was elected to the Board of Education. We shared a love for students and teachers, music, and our faith. She was both passionate and compassionate. I regret I didn't know she was ill, or would have reached out. My deepest sympathy to her family and those who loved her."
From: Bill Morgan
"My deepest sympathy to the Palo family. You are in my thoughts and prayers,"
From: Jim Brock
"I am so sorry to hear of Andrea's passing. She was a friend of my late wife, Janet, and I. Andrea was always so kind and she will be missed. My condolences to the Palo family. May God bless you and be your strength during this difficult time."
From: Rob Johnson
"My thoughts and prayers are with Andrea's family to be comforted by treasured memories and the amazing powers of the human and Holy Spirit. She was a kind and thoughtful person for which I am grateful to have been enriched through her friendship. Pease be with you faithful servant ... well done."
From: Tammy Adams
"Remembering the first time we met at RCCC, You always had a smile and laugh that could brighten any room! I will miss you my friend!"