August 23, 1921 – December 29, 2012
Kathleen Marie (Kossack) Porter, age 91, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012, at the Eastern Star Masonic Home.
Born in McGregor, Iowa, on August 23, 1921, Kathleen was the only daughter of Paul and Jesse Ellen Kossack.
She graduated with a teaching certificate from Iowa State Teachers College in June 1941 and taught kindergarten in southeast Iowa.
On January 13, 1943, she married John Richard Porter, a World War II Navy pilot.
The couple returned to Iowa in 1945, where John’s career with the Iowa Farm Bureau led them to live in several different communities.
In 1960, John and Kathleen moved to New York living in Ithaca, Fayetteville, Fabius, and Otisco Lake.
In later years, Kathleen split her time between Cape Vincent, New York and Azalea Trace in Pensacola, Florida, before moving to Boone.
During her life, she raised a family of six children, was a homemaker, loved to travel and was an active member of the Methodist Church in the many places she lived.
She loved to play cards of all kinds and was known as the family “queen of double solitaire”.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Jesse Ellen Kossack, brothers Robert and Russell (both in infancy), husband John, grandson Scott Porter, and son-in-law Stephen Charles.
She is survived by her son James (Elizabeth) Porter of Daphne, Alabama, daughters JoAnn Mulcahy of Boone, Iowa, Patricia (Chauncey) Johnstone of Wilton, Connecticut, Paula (Don) Patrick of Midland, Michigan, Mary Lee of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Peggy Charles of Marcellus, New York.
She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in Upstate New York in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in honor of her granddaughter.
Arrangements are being handled by Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall in Boone and Gray’s Funeral Home in Skaneateles, New York.Information provided by: Schroeder Memorial Chapel, Inc. 1006 6th Street Boone, IA 50036 www.schroedermemorialchapel.com