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Albuquerque Journal - August 20, 2004
Kathryn "Kitty" Smith, our beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 16, 2004. She is preceded in death by her parents, Sophia and Roy Landwehr; and a brother, Roy Jr. She is survived by her beloved husband of 22 years, Michael Smith; in addition to her three sons, Tony, Jim and Bob; her daughter-in-law, Carol; grandchildren, Alissa Kreuch, Tony Kreuch, Jr., Tal Kreuch, Patrick Kreuch, and Alex Kreuch; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Joanne Landwehr; brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Dee Riley; sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Jim Harrigan; sister, Judy Moxey; sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Michael Quinn; sister, Sr. Judith Ann; and many nephews and nieces. Kitty will always be remembered as a caring and compassionate person who bore her chronic illnesses with dignity and strength. She had a love of life and an unquenchable thirst for learning. After raising her three sons, Kitty returned to college and obtain!
ed a Bachelor's Degree, with Honors, in Communicative Disorders from the University of New Mexico in 1979. She was an avid reader who, later in life, made the decision to re-read as many of the classic literary works as she could, and in so doing gained a new appreciation for these works. She was a wonderful homemaker, and she also was employed for several years as a bookkeeper in the accountancy and healthcare fields, and as a secretary. Kitty had many and varied talents. She raised African Violets for many years and was a member and judge of the African Violet Club, winning awards for her flowers that are too numerous to count. She frequently won awards at the New Mexico State Fair for her afghans and her jam. She also was on the Board of Directors and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity for several years. The family would like to thank Kitty's many friends for their kindness, prayers and support. In celebration of her life a Rosary was recited Thursday, August 19, 2004, a!
t 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE and a Mass will
be celebrated on Friday, August 20, 2004, 10:30 a.m. at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church, 8901 Candelaria Rd. NE. Cremation will follow. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
Kathryn Landwehr Smith is the descendant of Landwehrs who originally settled in Spencer County Indiana about 1848. They had earlier lived in Hamilton County
Ohio outside Cincinnati after immigrating from Germany.
Later, members of the family moved on to Sedgwick County Kansas and from there spread all over the US. My grandmother, Katherine Landwehr Matzek, is a
descendant of this same family and I have a considerable amount of information on them.
I am aware of another group of Landwehrs in Illinois but have not been able to establish ties with that family. Landwehr is a fairly common German surname.
Eileen Matzek Davis
Mike and Sharon Tomecek wrote:
> my maternal grnadmother's name was MAry Landwehr. She
> was originally from Rockford, IL. She was born in the
> late 1800's.
> I wonder if there is a relationship with Roy Landwehr.
> thanks for bringing this to my attn