Cathy Kimelewski

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Cathy Kimelewski, 65, of Larksville, passed away surrounded with the love of her daughter and husband on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, after a short but fierce battle with AML leukemia.

Cathy was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, on Jan. 6, 1953, to William and the late Anita Gloggler Henninger. Though Cathy moved many places as an "Air Force brat," her most cherished childhood times were the summers she spent in Germany with her Oma (Grandma).

Cathy finished her high school education in Germany, before relocating to Dallas in 1973 after the Agnes Flood. Cathy quickly met her husband, Ralph Kimelewski, and married on Sept. 28, 1974, just recently celebrating their 43rd wedding anniversary.

Cathy spent her career working with children. She was a crossing guard for the Wyoming Valley West School District and worked in various school cafeterias in Wyoming Valley West and West Side Career and Technology Center. All of her "kids" referred to her as "Momma C."

Cathy's favorite pastime was spending time with her daughter, most commonly known as "her Honey." On their many shopping adventures, movie and lunch dates, day trips to Atlantic City or outings to Ray's Place, they were always together. Cathy was Mary Kay's biggest fan, and would do anything to help "her Honey" accomplish her goals. Cathy was so very proud of her "Mary Kay," and loved finding special treats on QVC or HSN, so "her Honey" was always prepared for any situation. She loved her "Mary Kay," and she loved taking care of her home and family - cooking, cleaning, gardening and doing the laundry (especially ironing).

In addition to her mother and grandmother, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, William and Catherine Henninger, and her cherished brother, Billy Henninger.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph, Larksville; son, Allen, Lovelton; her loving daughter, Mary Kay, Larksville; grandchildren, Austin and Ally; father, William Henninger, Summerville, S.C.; brother, Hans, Summerville, S.C.; and brother, Steven, Summerville, S.C.

Additionally, she leaves behind many dear friends, colleagues, and extended family. She will be missed by many, but most especially by her daughter. Mary Kay was devoted to her mother and spent every moment with her, both in the hospital and at home, until the very end. Her "honey" finds solace in "I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go," Genesis 28:15.

The family would like to thank the all the doctors, physician assistants, nurses, aides, physical therapists and respiratory therapists in the ICU and BP8 in Geisinger Danville. In addition, they would like to thank all of the nurses at the Henry Cancer Center in Geisinger Wyoming Valley.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center, 1000 E. Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Feb. 13, 2018