Kathryn Joosten Dies at 72

Emmy winner Kathryn Joosten died of lung cancer Saturday. She was 72.

The actress, best known for her role on Desperate Housewives as plucky neighbor Karen McCluskey and as The West Wing’s secretary Mrs. Landingham, was surrounded by family and friends in Westlake Village, Calif., at the time of her death.

Desperate Housewives Finale Proves Classically Desperate

Desperate Housewives is over. For longtime fans of the ABC comedy-drama, the two-hour finale flew by.

The first half concluded the preposterous murder trial against Bree (Marcia Cross). It was sad to see Bree led off to the death chamber manacled and in an unflattering orange jumper. Am I kidding? As narrator Mary Alice would say: Yesssssss

Kathryn Joosten Recovering from Lung Surgery

Emmy Award-winning Desperate Housewives actress Kathryn Joosten, 69, underwent surgery Monday morning in Los Angeles to remove a cancerous growth on her lung, PEOPLE has learned.

According to Joosten’s rep, the actress’s doctors believe the cancer was well contained – and that the surgery was a complete success.

“She’s doing great,” her rep says. “She’ll be in the hospital recovering for a few days. And she’ll need to go in for proactive CAT Scans every few months. But there will be no [need for] chemo, no radiation.”

Desperate Housewives' Kathryn Joosten Has Lung Cancer

Kathryn Joosten, a two-time Emmy winner for her role as feisty neighbor Mrs. McCluskey on Desperate Housewives, has lung cancer – and she plans to do everything she can to fight it.

“I’ve got a little hang-up here,” Joosten tells PEOPLE exclusively of the diagnosis she received less than a week ago, “but we’re going to handle it and move forward. I’m doing great.”