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Catheryn Hamilton Kenagy


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Catheryn Hamilton Kenagy Obituary
Catheryn Hamilton Kenagy, late of Rydal Park Presbyterian Home, died April 6, 2014 at the age of 100. Catheryn was born January 2, 1914 in the Bridesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia, to Irwin Hamilton and Katherine Christine Wimmersberger. Irwin's parents had immigrated from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, around 1875; Katherine's father had come from Markgroningen Germany in 1867 and her mother was native-born. Her life was the classic American Dream, a rise from humble surroundings to an accomplished and fulfilling career with her beloved husband William. Catheryn was only 16 when her father's untimely death made work a necessity. Her formal education thus interrupted, she made self-learning a lifetime habit and became quite well-informed. She bought the Encyclopedia Britannica with the stated intention of reading it cover-to-cover. She met William Lloyd Kenagy at the time of her father's funeral and was always fond of recalling the circumstances: he was a boarder at the funeral home whom she had observed- but not formally met - many time on a work-bound trolley. They married in March 19, 1932 and thereafter she devoted herself to "domestic engineering" (her term). He spent most of his life in the employ of Simonds Abrasive Company in Philadelphia but they lived a few years in Perth Amboy, NJ, where the first two children were born. They were: Joyce (3/26/33), wife of William A. Heineman Jr, and Llyod Neil (7/27/34), husband of Esther Brotzman. The family then returned and stayed in the Philadelphia area and had a third child, Donald Allan (11/18/41), husband of Carol Evelyn Sleeth. They lived thereafter at 770 Fetters Mill Road, Huntingdon Valley. Catheryn belonged to the Presbyterian Church and Women's Club there. They traveled extensively. She was preceded in death by her husband William, daughter Joyce, sister Lillian Hamilton Montgomery and half-brother Karl Heckman. She is survived by her two sons and wives and devoted son-in-law plus 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. No services are planned.
Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Apr. 10, 2014
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