Kathryn Dyck, who taught voice at Mansfield University from 1967-1987, died on June 2, 2014 at Wilson Hospital in Johnson City, NY. At Mansfield, she conducted the Festival Chorus and taught many students how to perform and appreciate choral and vocal music. She specialized in teaching vocal diction in many languages and also gave numerous vocal recitals and sang and acted in musicals and plays. Kathryn was born in Kutztown, PA, on October 21, 1921, the only child of Lulu (Humbert) Kline and Daniel S. Kline. She graduated from Kutztown State Teacher's College in 1943, Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ) in 1947, and received a master's in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. She became a youth minister and choir director for the Evangelical and Reformed Church, and took part in the ecumenical movement, including the founding of the World Council of Churches in Amsterdam in 1948. In 1949, she married Henry Dyck, of Manitoba, Canada. With her husband, she taught at Bemidji State College in Minnesota, moving to Mansfield with her family in 1967. Kathryn directed church choirs for many years in Minnesota and at the First Baptist Church in Mansfield. After her retirement, she was a major presence in her grandchildren's lives and enjoyed gardening, travel, and research on the Commedia del'Arte, the tradition which produced such diverse genres as comic opera and Punch and Judy puppet shows. For the last 11 years she has lived on an organic farm near Bainbridge, NY. She is survived by a son, John Dyck of Herndon, VA; two daughters, Kathy Mellander of Moose, WY and Elizabeth Dyck of Bainbridge, NY; her son-in-law, Edwin Mellander and daughter-in-law Beth Hardesty; five grandchildren, Karl Mellander, Sarah Bierhaus, Daniel Hardesty-Dyck, Nathan Hardesty-Dyck, and Will Hardesty-Dyck; and one great-grandchild, Helen Bierhaus. Her husband, Henry, died in 1973. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 at the First Baptist Church in Mansfield, PA.
Published in Star-Gazette on June 8, 2014
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