LORRAINE KEMPENICH KAHN Beloved widow of Walter S. Kahn, mother of daughters Kathleen Kahn Mahon MD, and Nancy Kahn Hartington, and grandson William Brian Jennings Mahon, died on May 25, 2013. She was born in Alameda, New Mexico, a suburb of Albuquerque, on July 25, 1927, to a family who came to New Mexico in the 1870's. She moved to Santa Fe with her family during the 1930's, when her parents came to work with her Uncle Julius and Aunt Elsie Gans in their store on the Plaza. She attended Louisiana State University, then came back to Santa Fe. She worked with her parents when they founded Kemp's Gifts and Curios. She loved Fiesta and Indian Market, and her family hasn't missed and Indian Market in ninety years. She was one of the founders of Temple Beth Shalom and of Temple Beit Tikva. Lorraine must have greeted thousands of folks from all over the world over the forty years she worked behind the counters at Kahn's Shoe Store on the Plaza. She is survived by Kathy Kahn Mahon and her son-in-law William Mahon, Nancy Kahn Hartington and her son-in-law Artie Hartington, her grandson William B. Mahon, her brother Al Kempenich and wife Marlyn Kempenich, nephews Mike Kahn, Robert Kahn, Steve Kahn, Robert Kempenich, and niece Janice Kempenich. Services will be held at Congregation Beit Tikva, 2230 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. The family wishes to thank Maggie Johnson for her many years of dedicated care to Lorraine and Walter Kahn. In addition, many thanks to Ambercare Hospice and Egis Senior Services for their compassion and care. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, Temple Beit Tikva or the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900