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NORTH CREEK, N.Y. -- Kathleen “Kay” Helen Arsenault, 88, of North Creek passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, 2008.

Her courageous spirit and passion for living life to the fullest served her well throughout her final years. It is with the same dignity and grace that Kathleen lived life that she entered into death.

Born on Dec. 18, 1919, in Staten Island, she was the beloved daughter of the late Patrick J. and Mary (Melton) Murray. Kay loved to talk of her wonderful childhood with her many Irish cousins.

Kay was a graduate of Spencer Business School in New York City.

Kay vacationed in the Adirondacks as a teenager and met the love of her life, Art Arsenault, at a square dance on Loon Lake in Chestertown. They were married for 23 years and lived in North Creek.

After her husband’s death at age 47, Kay stayed in the family home to raise their six children and involved herself in community fund-raising activities. Kay also continued to operate the family vacation cabins at Loon Lake. This lake compound remains the gathering place today for four generations of her surviving family.

Kay loved participating in senior citizen activities in North Creek and was loved by all for her Irish wit and charm. In the past three years her failing eyesight created many challenges in her life, but Kay used strong Catholic faith to bring her strength.

Kay is survived by her six children; Patricia Plaster and her husband, Keith of Brentwood, N.H., Thomas Arsenault and his wife, Ardell of Pittsfield, Mass., Gene Arsenault and his wife, Ann of Johnsburg, Marylou Young and her husband, Phil of Shaftsbury, Vt., Bud Arsenault and his wife, Karen of Pittsfield, Mass., and Sherry Gray and her husband, Hunter of Ogden, Utah.

Kay is also survived by one brother, John Murray of Staten Island as well as 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Friends may call on Kay’s family from 5 to 8 pm Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Alexander Funeral Home Inc, 4479 State Route 28, North River.

A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate her life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at St. James Catholic Church in North Creek.

Rite of committal will take place in the St. James Cemetery, North Creek in the spring.

A reception will follow the funeral services at Tannery Pond Community Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Town of Johnsburg Public Library or the Johnsburg Rescue Squad, North Creek, NY 12853.

Please visit www.alexanderfuneralhomes.com for online guest book, condolences and directions.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 7, 2008
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