Katherine Koessler, whose quiet generosity over the years helped many, died Wednesday (Oct. 16, 1996) in her Amherst home after an illness of about a year. She was 87.
She was the widow of Kenneth L. Koessler Sr., a founder of Greater Buffalo Press, which became the largest publisher of color comics in the world, a top printer of ad inserts and a pioneer in offset-printing technology.
Mrs. Koessler, as vice president of the Kenneth L. and Katherine G. Koessler Foundation, was behind significant gifts to her alma mater, D'Youville College, and to Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Hospice Buffalo, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Habitat for Humanity. "There are many people she helped that no one will ever know about," said a daughter, Katherine K. Juhasz of Snyder. "That is one of the things that was so special about her."
The former Katherine Gormley was a native of Buffalo and a graduate of Holy Family School and South Park High School.
She earned a bachelor's degree in history from D'Youville in 1929 and worked for the next decade as a secretary in the offices of the Buffalo Board of Education in City Hall.
After her marriage in 1939, she concentrated on being a wife and mother.
"Her family meant so much to her," Mrs. Juhasz said. "She took such joy in everyone. She was also a lot of fun -- and she loved St. Patrick's Day. She was Irish through and through."
Mrs. Koessler was a member of the Bishop of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese's Lay Advisory Council and the President's Councils of Canisius College and Canisius High School.
She also was a member of the Sister Mechtilde Society of Kenmore Mercy Hospital, the Women's Committee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Benedict's Catholic Church, Country Club of Buffalo, Buffalo Canoe Club, Buffalo Launch Club and the Lago Mar Resort and Club of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Survivors include another daughter, Laurie K. Brosnahan, and a son, Kenneth L. Jr., both of Snyder; a brother, Charles J. Gormley of Fort Lauderdale; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Benedict's Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville. Prayers will be said at 9:45 in Sauer-Lynett Funeral Home, 1933 Kensington Ave., Cheektowaga. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.