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LAWLER, KATHERINE (KAY) Katherine (Kay) Lawler, widow of Frederic C. Lawler Sr., died Sunday, November 17, in Hartford Hospital following a short illness. Kay was born November 12th, 1917, the daughter of Katherine Beisler Kohler and Bernard Kohler. She leaves a daughter, Janet Lawler of Westbrook and two sons, Frederic C. Lawler Jr. and longtime partner, Cyndi Preble of Guilford, and Thomas Lawler of Madison. Kay is also survived by her beloved granddaughter, Heather Portereiko, her husband Dr. Joseph Portereiko and their daughter Mila Rose of South Glastonbury as well as three sisters, Eva Etzel, Francis Daly and Dodie Cummings, and a sister-in-law Jane Kohler. She was predeceased by her brother, the late Bernard (Brud) Kohler. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Kay grew up in Morris Cove, on the Eastern shore of New Haven. She attended Nathan Hale Grammar school, Fair Haven Jr. High and Hillhouse High School, where she met her husband, and graduated from the Stone Business School in New Haven. After their marriage, Kay and Fred moved to Guilford where their three children were born. The family then moved to the Annex in New Haven, then to Wallingford. During this time she was employed by Yale University of Nursing as a Secretary. In 1983 Kay retired to Westbrook to be near the seashore again. Kay was a longtime volunteer in Old Saybrook and Westbrook in Senior activities, a member of the Estuary Counsel Board of Directors in Old Saybrook, and a member and past president of the Westbrook Senior Clubs. Kay enjoyed swimming, reading and music. She especially enjoyed singing with the Sweet Adeline’s as a member for over 30 years. A private service for immediate family members will be held at Swan Funeral Home in Clinton at 9:30, followed by an 11:00 Mass at St. Mark Catholic Church in Westbrook, open to friends and family. Burial will be at All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Westbrook Public Library or Gladeview Health Care and Rehabilitation in Old Saybrook. Please visit www.swanfh.com for condolences and tributes.

Published in The New Haven Register on Nov. 19, 2013
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