Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Kati's mom

I just got this from Maryellen. Kate Wood Gardner's mom passed away on Monday. Here is the obituary:

Kathleen E. Smith Wood
Kathleen E. Wood, 73, of Wilkes-Barre passed away Monday at her home in the loving care of family and friends.

She was born Sept. 16, 1934, in Kingston to Kathleen E. O'Malley Smith and Joseph A. Smith.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. Wood, on Jan. 16, 2001.

Kathleen, a life resident of the Wyoming Valley, is remembered as a mother with a passion for family life. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also cherished her frequent gatherings with lifelong friends known as the "lunch bunch."

A graduate of St. Ann's Academy and College Misericordia, she taught in Metuchen, N.J., served as choir director of St. Aloysius in Wilkes-Barre, director of community services for Catholic Youth Services, director of donor relations for the American Red Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and, until retirement, worked as a real estate agent in the greater Wyoming Valley area.

She is survived by her aunt, Alice O'Malley, 94, Kingston; sisters, Liz Smith Kearney and Ann Smith, both of Kingston; children, Kati Wood Gardner, 49, and husband, Tom, Boulder, Colo.; Ned Wood, 48, and wife, Gina, Kingston; Liza Wood Sproat, 47, and husband, Mike, Ardmore; Joe Wood, 46, Kingston; Molly Wood Kanor, 44, and husband, Tom, Forty Fort; Patrick Wood, 42, and wife, Liz, Crystal Lake, Ill.; Anne Wood Hewitt, 39, and husband, Jason, Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Kathleen, Helen and Ava Gardner; Madeleine and Elizabeth Wood; Owen Sproat; Joey and Matthew Kanor; Kelly, Michael, Nevin, Christopher and Mary Catherine Wood; and Emily Hewitt.

A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston.

Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Friends may call Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home, 420 Wyoming Ave., Kingston.


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