Farewell to Katherine M. “Kitty” Geissler
The Board of Directors of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, on behalf of all Irish-Americans, celebrates the life and mourns the death of our dear Kitty Geissler, 105 years old.
We offer our prayers for her soul and for her family.
Kitty was a Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians National Life Member and the recipient of the first LAOH Mother Theresa Award.
In 1988, Kitty was an Aide to Grand Marshal Bill Burke in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
A longtime resident of Tarrytown, Katherine M. Geissler died February 18. Kitty was born in County Limerick on November 4, 1912. She was the daughter of James and Hannah Ring Bagnell. She immigrated to the United State in 1930 and married George R. Geissler on October 7, 1942.
In 1938, Kitty joined the LAOH, Division 9 in Port Chester. The family moved to Tarrytown in 1951 and she joined the Division 11 which has since been named in her honor. Through the years she has served on every level of office including 10 consecutive terms as President. On the County level she also held many offices including that of President. She is well known throughout Hibernian circles and has been a delegate to most of the New York State and National Conventions. For several years she was a delegate to the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. She was an active member of the Irish American Association of Westchester, The Catholic Daughters, Ladies of Charity, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Tarrytown Senior Citizens. She was a parishioner of Transfiguration Church and a member of their women’s Club.
In 1979 Kitty was honored by the Irish American Association for her many charitable works on behalf of senior citizens, the sick and the infirmed, cancer patients, the mentally challenged and the Missions. At that time she was the first A.I.A. Irish Woman of the Year. In 1986, Kitty was Aide to Grand Marshal Patrick Grimes in the Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day parade and in 1997, Kitty was the first Grand Marshal of the Sleepy Hollow St. Patrick’s Parade. Kitty’s dedication and good works were recognized by the LAOH when she was awarded the first Mother Teresa award by the organization. Kitty was a dedicated Hibernian with numerous contributions, respected community member, proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is truly a model of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity who was dedicated to live and work with our Motto.
Kitty is survived by her daughters Alice Koraca and Mary Brady both of Tarrytown. She is also survived by her 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband George, her son George, her son-in-law Ralph Brady, her daughter-in-law Mary Geissler and her brother William Bagnell.
Calling hours are Friday, February 23, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Coffey Funeral Home, 91 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591
Mass of Christian Burial is Saturday, February 24, 10:00 AM. Transfiguration Church- 268 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591
Interment is Saturday, February 24, 11:30 AM. Gate of Heaven Cemetery- Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne, New York 10532