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Harriet McDowell Wettick Kudlo Obituary
Harriet McDowell Wettick Kudlo TOWN OF ULSTER- Harriet McDowell Wettick Kudlo sprung into the world on Oct. 11, 1939 in Sharon, Pa. Her parents, R. Stanton Wettick and Katharine Bucholz Wettick, quickly noted her sunny disposition, so much so that her dad nicknamed her Happy! Harriet’s enthusiasm for life and people drew her in many directions. She led the cheerleading team in high school where it is generally believed (or at least her family thinks it) that her athletic exuberance directly contributed to undefeated Sharon Tigers championships in both football and basketball! Harriet’s other early passion was the theater. First in high school, then at Grove City College, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Drama, she used her perceptive insight to take the lead in numerous productions. After marriage and the birth of her first two children, Katharine and Richard, she continued this pursuit expertly enacting memorable performances in works such as such Gaslight and Come Back Little Sheba at the local playhouse. After moving to New York state and a second marriage, Harriet had two more children, Phillip and Adam, and discovered that she could combine her love of children and her dramatic creativity in a new pursuit, teaching. She worked for several years at Head Start, earned her Master’s Degree in Education at SUNY New Paltz, and then began a 25 year career at Mill Road School in Red Hook. Harriet was a beloved kindergarten teacher and was rarely able to walk down the streets of Red Hook without being surrounded by the paparazzi (i.e. former students and parents). Harriet was a contributing member of the Old Dutch Reformed Church in Kingston, where she attended weekly services and assisted in organizing the Sunday school curriculum. Harriet will be deeply missed by her daughter Katharine Molnar; her son, Richard Molnar and his wife Carol; her son, Phillip Kudlo and his wife Jennifer; her son, Adam Kudlo; her brother, Tony Wettick and his wife Nancy; and her sister, Elizabeth Huston and her husband John. Memorial Services will be held at the Old Dutch Reformed Church, located at 272 Wall Street in Kingston, at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014. Visiting hours with her family will be held immediately following the service, at approximately 12 p.m. at Bethany Hall, located in the rear of Old Dutch Church. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to www.clearwater.org (the organization created by legendary musician Pete Seeger to restore the Hudson River to its natural state), in memory of Harriet Wettick Kudlo. Arrangements are under the guidance of the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc., 27 Smith Avenue. www.jvleahyfh.com
Published in the Daily Freeman on May 28, 2014
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