Kathleen M. Gutknecht, 89, of West Scranton, died Wednesday at home after an illness. She was the widow of the late Francis Gutknecht, who died in 1968.
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Born in Scranton, daughter of the late William and Florence Goman Murray, she was a 1943 graduate of Scranton Central High School and a member of St. John Neumann Parish, and retired from the A&P food store chain.
Kathleen was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who loved life and was always ready to help family and friends. She loved to read, needlepoint, paint, sew and most of all, go out for dinner after a day of shopping and have a martini.
She is survived by two children, Michael Gutknecht and wife, Susan, Lake Ariel; and a daughter, Linda Gulbin and husband, Vincent, Scranton; five grandchildren, Michelle Gilchrist and husband, Donald; Karen Thomas and husband, Eric; Stephen Loss Jr., Sara Gulbin and partner, Rachael; and Holly Gulbin; several great-grandchildren; a sister in-law and friend, Vera Murray, Florida; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, William, Paul and Robert Murray.
Kathleen's family is truly grateful for the compassionate and exceptional care she received from Dr. Richard Weinberger's staff and the staff at Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
The funeral will be Monday at 8:45 a.m. from the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 262 Railroad Ave., West Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 at Nativity of Our Lord Church at St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., Scranton. Inurnment will be private at St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow.
A viewing for family and friends will be Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Condolences: www.chomkofuneralhome.com.
Edward J Chomko Funeral Home
254-268 Railroad Ave Scranton, PA 18505
Published in Scranton Times on June 27, 2014