Kathryn Minnie (Thompson) Schenck, of Westminster, Massachusetts and Wilton, Connecticut died in West Hartford, Connecticut at the age of 96, on April 27, 2013. Born June 2, 1916, in Port Jefferson, Long Island, New York, 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 Katherine Gibbs School, New York City, and Columbia University, New York City. A writer and correspondent for Horse and Horseman Magazine, of New York City and The Chronicle of the Horse, Middleburg, Virginia she was a lifelong 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 Golden's Bridge Hounds of North Salem, New York and the Ox Ridge Hunt of Darien during the 1920's and 30's. 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, Oklahoma 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 80's and then drove a pony to cart and sleigh for several years. A lifelong 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 various activities including Scouting, school sports, their hobbies, and also various 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, 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, Massachusetts, Lynn Schenck McCloe and her two children, Adelaine and Ian McCloe of Dorset, Vermont, and M.S. Ann Schenck stationed with the United States Air Force in Turkey. Her second son Stephen E. S. Schenck of Flatgap, Kentucky predeceased her in November 2009. Funeral services will be private and at the discretion of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Church Bell Restoration Fund, St. James Episcopal Church, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington, Connecticut 06032. The Carmon Funeral Home of Avon is caring for the arrangements. For condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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