Kathryn Schenck, 96
Kathryn Minnie (Thompson) Schenck, of Westminster, Mass., and Wilton died in West Hartford at the age of 96 on April 27, 2013. Born June 2, 1916 in Port Jefferson, Long Island, N.Y., she was the daughter of Ada Maud (Strong) Thompson and Frank Thompson and the wife for 61 years of Philip Knight Schenck who predeceased her in 2004.
She attended public schools in Wilton, The Thomas School in Rowayton, the Katharine Gibbs School IN New York City, and Columbia University IN New York City. A writer and correspondent for Horse and Horseman Magazine, of New York City and The Chronicle of the Horse, Middleburg, Va., she was a life-long lover of horses and dogs, particularly terriers. A former member of the Fairfield County Hunt Club of Westport, she enjoyed fox hunting in her younger years and rode to hounds with the Fairfield County Hounds, the Goldens Bridge Hounds of North Salem, N.Y. and the Ox Ridge Hunt of Darien during the 1920s and 30s.
She worked in the wing fabrication section of Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, building the Navy F-4U Corsair and was an active member of the Connecticut Defense Council’s Aircraft Warning Service (Spotter 86A) in Wilton during the early years of World War II. She married her husband, Lt. Philip K. Schenck, of Wilton, who was stationed with the U. S. Army at Fort Reno, Okla. in August of 1943.
A strong equestrian competitor, she excelled at the sport, winning numerous championships throughout New England and the Northeast. She continued to ride for pleasure until well into her 80s and then drove a pony to cart and sleigh for several years. A life-long Episcopalian, she was continuously active in church affairs in whatever parish her family attended.
A tirelessly supportive working mother of three sons she was active in most of their activities including scouting, school sports, their hobbies, and other community activities including the American Red Cross and local Parent Teacher Organizations.
She is survived by two of her three sons Philip K. Schenck, Jr. of Avon, Conn. and his wife Maryalice Widness, and Frank and Susan Schenck of Aurora, Ohio; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Michael Schenck his wife Vilma and son Eli of Malden, Mass., Lynn Schenck McCloe and her two children, Adelaine and Ian McCloe of Dorset, Vt., and M.S. Ann Schenck stationed with the United States Air Force in Turkey. Her second son Stephen E. S. Schenck of Flatgap, Ky. predeceased her in November 2009.
Funeral services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Church Bell Restoration Fund, St. James Episcopal Church, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032. The Carmon Funeral Home of Avon is caring for the arrangements. For condolences, please visit carmonfuneralhome.com.
A memorial service at St. James Episcopal Church in Farmington will be held in the fall of 2013 upon the return of Mrs. Schenck’s granddaughter Ann from her assignment in Turkey with the Air Force. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Wilton.