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Kathryn W. Timmerman, secretary, churchwoman, volunteer

Feb. 26, 1924 – April 19, 2015

Kathryn W. Timmerman, of Williamsville, a World War II civilian secretary for the Navy who was an active churchwoman in the community, died April 19 at Elderwood Village in Williamsville after a brief illness. She was 91.

Born Kathryn Wagner in Buffalo, she graduated from Bennett High School and Chown School of Business. After World War II, she was a secretary at the School of Agriculture at Purdue University from 1947 to 1949.

Active in community organizations, she served on the Amherst Symphony Orchestra’s Women’s Committee (now Friend’s Committee) and volunteer committee for the Clarence Summer Orchestra. She was a member of Faith Chapter 722, Order of the Eastern Star, the Amherst Book Club and the Suburban Women’s Club.

Mrs. Timmerman was a 53-year member at North Presbyterian Church, where she volunteered in the office, taught Sunday school, participated in the women’s circles and attended Bible studies. She was a voracious reader about, student of and visitor to Williamsburg, Va. She was an accomplished bridge player, knitter, sewer and baker.

Mrs. Timmerman loved American history and was deeply patriotic, having lived through World War II while her husband-to-be served as an Army Signal Corps officer.

Her husband of 55 years, Leon B. Timmerman, died in 2002.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Timmerman-Yorty and Kathryn L.; and two grandsons, Ian T. and Staff Sgt. Douglas T. Yorty.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in North Presbyterian Church, 300 North Forest Road, Williamsville.

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