Catherine Matthews – Shelburne

Catherine “Kay” (Kaufmann) Matthews, age 96, died gracefully, with family, in Wake Robin, Shelburne, on Sept. 16, 2013. Catherine was born March 16, 1917, to Otto Kaufmann and Frances Fox Kaufmann in East Orange, N.J., and grew up in South Orange. She attended Cornell and was a member of Alpha Xi Delta. On Oct. 3, 1942, she married John Carstens Matthews, Princeton grad, ensign and later lieutenant (E) USNR and project engineer with Schering-Plough his entire career. They lived in East Orange until settling in Caldwell in 1954 with daughters, Barbara, Jane and Lynne. In her years in Caldwell, Kay was an avid and loyal volunteer. She survived Scouts, worked at American Field Service in Manhattan and found family with Erma Rostad and the devoted crew at West Essex VNA and Hospice Thrift Shop. Kay and John retired to Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell as original residents. John died in 2002. Kay moved to Wake Robin in 2008. Kay played and loved a good game of bridge! She earned and fostered friendships for life. Daughters and partners, Barbara Lawrence and Bud Lawrence of Charlotte, Jane Matthews and Jonathan Bailey of Tenants Harbor, Maine, Lynne Matthews and Elizabeth Curtiss of Burlington and AFS daughter, Wipada Cheewawat and family in Chiang Mai, Thailand, survive her; as do her grandchildren, Felix Lawrence, wife, Patricia Dorado and son, Nicolas of Hermosillo, Mexico, Eva Lawrence, husband, Carlos Pacheco and daughter, Freyja of Portland, Maine, and Tessa Lawrence and husband, Tim Boesenberg of Burlington. Nieces and nephews remain very dear. John; her brother, Otto Kaufmann Jr.; and a host of dear friends and relatives predeceased Kay. There will be a Circle of Remembrance at Wake Robin on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm. She was part of the lively community at Crane’s Mill, and later grateful for the loving and thoughtful care from Wake Robin staff. Gifts in memory may be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, HDSA.org.

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