Kathleen Steinka
Kathleen Steinka
  • February 12, 1932 - March 2, 2017
  • New Hampshire

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Kathleen (Kay) W. Steinka, 85, of 17 Longwood Dr., N. Swanzey died on March 2nd after battling a viral infection, Alzheimer's disease and many broken bones due to advanced stages of Osteoporosis.

Kay Lived her whole life in the Keene area. Born in Keene on February 12, 1932, to Elinor and Roger Stone of Fitzwilliam. Kay grew up in Fitzwilliam and attended Keene, High School.

In 1952, she married Frederick H. Steinka and moved to North Swanzey where they raised their son Bradford. She worked at Central Screw Co. and N.H. Finance Co. before starting at Keene Cooperative Bank where she worked for 25 yrs. - retiring in 1992.

She was a member of the Ashuelot Chapter of the DAR.

She was an accomplished seamstress who also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, needle point, and quilting. Upon retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her husband as a member of the Keene Pops choir and was an avid flower gardener.

Kay had a terrific singing voice and her family took pride at Fenway park when she sang the Star-Spangled banner from the stands and heads would turn to listen to her voice.

Kay cherished being outdoors. She enjoyed the family vacations spent camping, traveling, and the many years of competitive archery with her son.

She is survived and will be missed by, her husband of 64 years, Frederick (N. Swanzey), son Bradford and his wife Lisa (Franklin, Ma) and her grandson Jeffrey (Los Angeles, California).

She is also survived by her sister Barbara (Stone) Batchelder (Albquerque, NM) and her step sister Elizabeth Hogan (Michigan) as well as several nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro St., Keene, N.H. at 11am-12, March 11, 2016. In Lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 (www.alz.org) would be appreciated.

Following the service from 12-3pm, friends and family are invited to celebrate Kay's life at Papagallos Restaurant, 9 Monadnock Hwy, N. Swanzey, N.H. where we will remember Kay through pictures and stories.