Kathleen Ann Irish, 70, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015. Born in Schenectady, New York on April 1, 1945, she was the daughter of Francis and Sophie Sammler. Kathy graduated from Draper High School in 1963. She was a graduate of the Ellis School of Nursing and later worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs for 29 years. Kathy married Charles on May 29th, 1965 and they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this May.
Her greatest joy and beauty in life was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She always attended their dance and music recitals, baseball and soccer games. She could also be found dancing and teaching her generation’s dances to her grandchildren. Kathy loved to travel to the ocean and visit lighthouses with her loved ones and also had a large collection of lighthouse keepsakes from over the years.
Kathleen was a fighter. She fought for 2 ½ years against brain cancer with her husband Chuck by her side, as well as her children and grandchildren, supporting her and taking care of all of her needs. Her courage and bravery throughout this trial is what she will be remembered for. She also did not let this battle stop her from supporting and praying for others. She was a blessing and an inspiration to everyone she met. She kept her eyes on Jesus and knew that He was her answer to living and never let her circumstances cause her to complain. She had unwavering faith, for not only herself, but even others that she had never met.
Kathy is survived by her devoted husband Charles A. Irish; her beloved children Michelle Steimer (David) of Ballston Spa, Melissa Matthews (David) of Ballston Spa, and Chuck Irish (Marti) of Henderson, NV; and her “little angel” grandchildren Jessalyn Steimer, Zachary Steimer, Jacob Matthews, Jenna Matthews all of Ballston Spa, Brooklyn Irish and Madison Irish of Henderson, NV; her loving sister Carol Murphy (Arthur) of San Diego, CA, her brother Edward Sammler of Greece, NY; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, April 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Schenectady Memorial Park. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 16 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.
The family would like to thank Dr. Susan Weaver and NYOH at Albany Medical Center; Neurosurgeon Dr. Alan Boulos; the nurses and staff on D5 at Albany Medical Center; and the doctors, nurses and staff on A3 at Saratoga Hospital and the Radiation Oncology Center. And a special thank you for the love and support from Alicia Bove, Rocco and Linda Irish, and Carol Murphy.
We love you and miss you our beautiful wife, mama and nana.