TALBERT--Kathleen Aletha, May 20, 1950-July 8, 2010 of New York City and Bethel, NY. Born in East Hampton, CT, she graduated from the Hartford Art School as a sculpture major in 1972. She utilized her art background as she expanded her career in the food and wine industry. After such varied stints as running her own bakery, working at Windows on the World and Hilton International, and Food and Wines from France, she founded Talbert Communications and built it into a respected PR firm with clients in wine and spirits, lifestyle, and entertainment. She leaves her partner of 27 years, Ruth Halligan; her sister, Lee of Austin, TX; a brother, Resden of Columbus, Ohio and a sister LuAnn, of Hartford, CT. A special thanks to people who have supported Kathleen and TalbertComm during this last year: Rachel, Amy, Liz, Michelle, Ana, Lacey, Erica, Ella and Avi. Thanks to Dr. Paula Klein and the team at St. Vincents Cancer Center for their compassion and care. Friends and family will gather on Wednesday, July 14, at Reddens Funeral Home, 325 West 14th Street, New York City, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm to share stories. No flowers. Donations in Kathleen's memory may be made to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, 354 West. Lancaster Avenue, Suite 224, Haverford, PA 19041.

Published in The New York Times on July 11, 2010