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September 18, 2006

on September 18, 2006

Lisa and Grandma

This just says it all.  Of course, she wrote much of it before hand, but still… <sniff>

Sept. 16, 2006 Kathleen M. E (nee O’N ) of Yonkers died on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006. She was born in NYC on 11/14/1907 to the late Frank and Mary McDonnell O’N. Kathleen was a graduate of the College of Mt. St. Vincent (BA 1929, MA ‘31) and was long affiliated with the College as her class’ coordinator and fund-raiser. She also studied at Columbia University, Fordham and Hunter Colleges. For the last twenty years, Kathleen was a member of LRIC (Learning in Retirement at Iona College.) She served the City of Yonkers as a family case worker in the early 1930s and then taught at Gorton High School until 1940. She was married in 1941 to Peter C. E, an attorney who clerked for NY State Supreme Court Justices. He predeceased her in 1966. Kathleen taught for many years in the NYC Public School System, retiring in 1970, when she returned to Yonkers.Mrs. E was a competitive swimmer with the Women Swimming Association in NYC in the 1920s, where she trialed for the 1928 US Olympic Team. She knew and competed with some of America’s greatest swimmers, including Gertrude Ederle, Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe. At the urging of her son Joseph, she began competitive swimming in her 70s and holds several world and national masters swimming records. In 1985, she was inducted into the Yonkers Sports Hall of Fame. She competed in the 1988 Senior Olympics in Brisbane, Australia.

Kathleen was extremely active in social and civic organizations, including the Knight of Columbus Columbiettes, the Yonkers Chaminade Club, Hudson River Museum Auxiliary, St. Joseph Medical Center Auxiliary, the Senior Citizens and Women’s Club of Bronxville. She was an active parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish in Mt. Vernon, and served in its Altar Rosary Society and Outreach Ministry.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Louise D and sons Joseph (Josephine,) Peter Jr (Carol) and Edward (Nancy.) In addition, she leaves an extended family, including ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren who were the joy of her senior years! She stayed busy knitting blankets and throws for them, and was forever printing pictures and making birthday cards on her computer. Until the end she was enjoying bridge games and dominoes with area friends.

She will be waked from Flower Funeral Home, 714 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers NY on Monday, Sept. 18 at 2-4 and 7-9PM. The funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Sept. 19 at St. Mary Church, 23 S. High St., Mt. Vernon, NY at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the College of Mt. St. Vincent, 6301 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471.


7 responses to “September 18, 2006

  1. unknown says:

    wow,what a full life

  2. Kailahana says:

    Sounds like she enjoyed her life, and that others enjoyed her life, too. A great legacy.

  3. Netty says:

    I agree, I hope I can have such a great legacy when I pass on. That is a beautiful picture too. I think I would have loved being around her, and we could have swam together! Hmm, maybe not, she may have kicked my butt!
    Much love to you ;o)

  4. Kell says:

    {{{{{{{{{{{Lisa}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} I see where you get all your life and energy from. Sounds like a real great role model. So sorry.

  5. Mali May says:

    Sorry for your loss, Lisa. Sounds like the world lost another beautiful, vivacious soul and a positive influence of the lives of many. Amazing what some people manage to do with their lives.

  6. EM says:

    She was an awesome woman who made me laugh a lot in the few times I was fortunate enough to meet her and kept everyone on their toes. She'll be deeply missed and well remembered.

    Ar dheis dé go raibh a hanam.

  7. Tina says:

    ((((((Lisa))))))) I am sorry for your loss. Your grandmother sounds like a wondeerful woman, full of life and energy. What an incredible chance to come across a soul like that in your lifetime. Brightest of Blessings to you dear, as you remember the positive times.

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