It is late 1977 and the eighth graders at St. Catherine of Siena are enjoying a school dance. Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young” is a popular song that year, but for one student it has a much deeper meaning. Kathleen Pfeiffer’s younger brother Gerry is battling brain cancer that would take his life the following year at age 11.
“That’s what people were saying to me,” Pfeiffer said Tuesday. “It had happened very suddenly, and I and my siblings, were trying to make sense of it. Even now, the questions linger.”