Kathleen Schwestka, a retired secretary with the Bell Telephone Company in New Jersey and a 28-year resident of Sag Harbor, died at Southampton Hospital last Thursday. She was 83.
A funeral Mass was said at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sag Harbor yesterday, followed by burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Peter Devaraj officiated.
Kathleen Reichart was born on Dec. 12, 1927, in Southampton, the daughter of Emil Reichart and the former Kathryn Killoran. She attended St. Andrew’s School, Pierson High School, and Rider College in Trenton, N.J. Her husband, John Schwestka, predeceased her.
From 1947 to 1983, Mrs. Schwestka lived in New Jersey, where she worked for New Jersey Bell as a medical secretary. She moved to Sag Harbor in 1983, where she was a member of the Telephone Pioneers. She was also a member of the Columbiettes, a women’s organization that works with the Knights of Columbus, and belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary.
She leaves two cousins, Evans Gerecke of Sag Harbor and George Gerecke, who lives in Vermont. Memorial contributions have been suggested for the Cormaria Retreat House on Bay Street in Sag Harbor, or St. Andrew’s Church, 122 Division Street, Sag Harbor 11963.