Rest in Peace, Kathy

Kathy and Marty.
Kathy and Marty.

CAREGIVING: Kathy passed away Wednesday afternoon, October 14, 2015, at about 3:00.

I believe she passed away happy. I wet her tongue with some of her favorite Chardonnay and put on a DVD of Gone With the Wind, her favorite movie. She stopped responding. I know she did her best and I did my best. Her hospice nurse was very sad and knew it would happen soon. Kathy was a fighter.

This is the obituary I am working on with the help of my brother John. It is hard to condense a life into a few paragraphs. I want to thank everyone for all their support over the years. It meant and continues to mean a lot to me. I will write more about her last days soon.


Kathy Ann Lehndorff, Hampden MA

Kathy Ann (Snyder) Lehndorff died Oct. 14, 2015, of complications from Huntington’s Disease at home in Hampden MA.

She was born in Hudson, Michigan on September 16, 1947. She attended Hillsdale High School, Hillsdale, MI and Fort Myers High School, Fort Myers, FL. She graduated with a degree in education from the University of Florida. Kathy later pursued a career in fine arts and graphic design. Her artwork was exhibited locally at Forbes Library, Babson College, and Springfield College. She was also a member of the Scantic Artists group. She and Peter H. Lehndorff were married in 1977. They also lived in Plymouth, MA, Boulder and Denver, Colorado before settling in Hampden, MA. Together they operated Lehndorff Graphic Design and were active in Basset rescue.

She was predeceased by her father, Claude E. Snyder of Bradenton, FL, and mother, Martha (Lohse) Snyder of Fort Myers, FL. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Peter H. Lehndorff; her sisters, Rebecca Buchanan of Dallas, NC, Trisha Zendel of Sante Fe, NM, Mary Linne of Fort Myers, FL, LouAnn Biolchini of Grass Valley, CA, Lisa Miles of McKinleyville, CA and her brother Ted Snyder of Harrisburg, PA.

A public celebration of Kathy’s life will be scheduled for a future date. Donations in Kathy’s name may be made to the Huntington’s Disease Program Fund at UConn Health Center or New England Basset Hound Rescue.

UConn: http://psychiatry.uchc.edu/pdfs/support_huntingtons.pdf

Basset: http://newenglandbassethoundrescue.org/

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  4 comments for “Rest in Peace, Kathy

  1. Sharon Thomason
    October 15, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, Peter. Even when we know it’s coming, and our loved one will no longer suffer, it’s hard to say goodbye. You were a good, faithful, loving husband to Kathy. I hope you find peace and comfort in knowing that you did your best and in remembering all the good, happy moments of the past 38 years.

  2. Dan Russell
    October 15, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    My sincerest condolences, Peter.

    I greatly admire the love and care you lavished on her. My best to you.

  3. Kari Butler
    October 16, 2015 at 11:55 am

    What a lovely tribute to your wife. I was able to find the link to it from my childhood friend’s Facebook posting, Anita Neeper.
    So admirable of you to share your rawness in the aftermath of such a tragic loss. I wish you peace.

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