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ALETHEA KUNHARDT WALKER Alethea "Thea" Kunhardt Walker, 84, passed away as she lived her life, peacefully and with grace, on May 4, 2012, at her home, attended by her daughter and granddaughter. Born to Kingsley and Marion Kunhardt in New York City on November 15, 1927, Thea developed passions for the needle arts and world travel at an early age. Thea attended The Greenwich Academy and Westover School, becoming a devoted alumna and trustee of Westover School. After graduating from Finch College with a degree in clothing design and marketing, Thea traveled post-war Europe with Eve Turner. Upon her return, she worked in New York City for custom designer Madame Eve Garnet. In 1950, Thea married Harry Webster Walker, II, who became her favorite dancing partner for 60 years and the father of her four children. Together, they lived in 29 places around the world, but her favorite home was always So Paulo, Brasil. A true world traveler, Thea visited 120 countries and always claimed her favorite trip was trekking with elephants in Thailand. She lovingly instilled her passion for international travel in her family, and formed strong bonds with each of her grandchildren while taking them individually on adventures around the world to places such as Egypt, Greece, Brasil, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Australia, Turkey, Austria, Spain, Portugal, and England. Thea was a master needle artist and member of the Embroiderer's Guild of America. She handed down her skills in sewing, knitting and needlepoint to her children and grandchildren, including her sons. Throughout her life , she volunteered and supported charities which protected and served children and their families. She is survived by her daughter Antoinette Hamner (George), H. Webster Walker III (Ellen), and Gilford Walker; grandchildren Virginia Hamner (Bret), Chip Hamner (Meredith), Katherine Hamner Cooper (Jon), Emily Gruber (Eric), Jane Walker Blake (Tommy), Camp Walker, Holly Walker, Maude Walker, Henry Walker, and Sam Walker; beloved great-grandsons Henry Atticus, Tobin Alexander, and greatgranddaughter Abigail Kunhardt who "Grammy" lovingly dubbed "Giggles." Also, her sister Zella Kunhardt Crawford. She was predeceased by her husband Harry W. Walker and her beloved daughter Alethea Walker Overholser. Memorial arrangements will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Westover School, P.O. Box 847, Middlebury, CT, 06762-0847, Senior Resource Association of Indian River County, VNA Hospice, or Planned Parenthood. Paid Obituary

Published in the TC Palm on May 8, 2012
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