2016-06-29 / Obituaries

Kathryn Wygant

Kathryn (Kay) Elizabeth Kurtz Wygant passed away in Pearland, TX from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on June 23, 2016.

Kay was born June 28, 1930, to Esther Bennett and Karl Kurtz of Shandaken. She was the second of five children who included Clarence, Kenneth, Robert, and Fred.

Given the early passing of her father, and being the only daughter, Kay was involved in the raising and nurturing of her brothers. This resulted in strong lifelong bonds between the Kurtz siblings and even as adults the siblings would return almost weekly to the family homestead in Shandaken for a weekend dinner. All neighbors and friends were also welcome at the dinner table. She was predeceased by all siblings but Fred (Annemarie) Kurtz of Hurley.

She attended schools in Shandaken and Fleischmanns and attended college at SUNY Delhi where she studied nutrition and diet.

At Delhi, Kay met and later married Frederick Covert Wygant on April 2, 1948. Together they had three sons, all surviving: Fred (Patricia Stokem) of Tucson AZ, Glenn (Barbara Hardy) of Clarence NY and Karl (Terry Fisher) of Pearland, TX. Kay is also survived by grandchildren Lindsay (Benjamin Daigneau), Melissa (Kwame Johnson), Melissa (Oliver Pycroft), Ali Wygant, Adam Wygant, and Teja Wygant. Also surviving are great-granddaughters Tessa, June and Isadora. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Kay previously worked for St. Luke’s Hospital and New York Telephone. She was fond of children, enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and collecting antique glass. She was a long time member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Newburgh where she attended services and volunteered.

Visitation will be held at Brooks Funeral Home on Friday, July 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p. m. A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 9 at Brooks Funeral Home, with entombment following in Cedar Hill Mausoleum, Newburgh.

In lieu of flowers the family recommends donations payable to the Town of Shandaken for a memorial bench in Glenbrook Park (C/O Parks Dept., PO Box 134, Shandaken NY 12480, attention Marty).

To send a personal condolence, please visit www.Brooksfh.com or call 845 561-8300.

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