Cathy K. Lewis
February 27, 1944 – April 2, 2018
Cathy Kraut Lewis of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, beloved wife of Duane Harley Lewis, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2018.
Cathy will be remembered by all for her zest for life, her unique and colorful style, her devotion to her husband and family, and her kind and generous spirit.
Formerly of Palm Beach and Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Cathy was born on February 27, 1944 to the late Adeline Ansin, a longtime resident of Palm Beach and the late Arthur Kleven of Swampscott, Massachusetts.
Cathy attended Connecticut College in New London, received her Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College in New York City, and her Masters of Education from Boston University. She was married previously to the late Joel Arthur Kraut, MD, of Chestnut Hill. When Joel was appointed Chief of Opthalmology for the Fifth Air Force, the couple resided in Japan where Cathy taught English to Japanese nationals, volunteered as a candy striper at the Tachiwakawa Air Force Hospital, and earned a Masters Certificate in the Sogetsu School of Flower Arranging. Her multifaceted career took Cathy from teacher, to founder of Amazing Services, a Public Relations firm which launched small businesses, to President of Rocky, Inc., importer of gemstones from Brazil where she also designed jewelry for her stores in Rio de Janeiro and Boca Raton, Florida.
Cathy was an adventurer who, with her husband Duane, cruised the world, usually on the Crystal and Cunard ocean liners, and traveled to over 150 countries and all seven continents. Cathy mentored students in communications and alumni affairs through the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation. In addition, Cathy was the Chairman of the Board of the Palm Beach Festival of the Arts, a multi-cultural organization whose goal was to make the arts more accessible to communities in Palm Beach County. Cathy was the proud owner of a prize winning 1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, dubbed "The Princess," served as the Activities Director for the Rolls Royce Owners Club of Florida for ten years and participated in the Rolls Royce Hundredth Year Anniversary World Tour. Cathy was an avid fitness enthusiast who swam laps daily, played golf and went to the gym most days. Always elegant, Cathy loved dancing, and Duane was always willing to show her off on the dance floor.
Cathy was a devoted mother to, David and Ellefy Kraut, Amy and Ralph Esposito, Kathleen and Jabe Fowler, Dan and Lee Lewis, and Bridget Lewis and Krista Leue. She was a loving and generous Nana to, Cali, Peyton, and Hunter Esposito, and beloved sister to, Thomas and Ella Fay Kleven. Cathy is also survived by her nephew, Aaron Kleven and his wife Rosanna Lyons, and her niece, Deborah and Michael Morbeto and their son Michael. She is also survived by her dear Aunt, Barbara Miller. She loved so much her step-grandchildren, Caroline and Kaitlyn Knight, Alec Johnsen and his wife Heather, Devin and Perri Johnsen, all of whom will miss her dearly.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Aycock-Riverside Funeral Home and Crematorium, 1112 Military Trial, Jupiter. A Memorial Service will be held in the funeral home at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation or the Melanoma Research Foundation.
- Visitation Sunday, April 22, 2018
- Memorial Service Sunday, April 22, 2018
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April 22, 2018
I have been very blessed to not only share the friendship of Cathy but also with Adelaide her dear mother. I had the opportunity to meet Adelaide and share a friendship with her first at The Breakers in Palm Beach. Adelaide and I attended the same water aerobics class for about 4 years. For all the vim and vigor Cathy showed, Adelaide surpassed it all, she was 86 when I met her and remember celebrating her on her 90th birthday with a card in the swimming pool! She would always tell me about her daughter who was residing up in Palm Beach Gardens. I did not know Cathy at the time, maybe met her once or twice when she would join her mother for a class. Michael and I decided to move up to Frenchman's Reserve in 2008. The story continued when I attended one of our first events up at the clubhouse, I was introduced to Cathy Lewis, aka Adelaide's daughter! To my surprise Cathy had the same zest for life and charming personality as her mom, what a wonderful circle of life I had the luck to experience.
As time went on, we witnessed the passing of Adelaide which was so very sad, but began life now as two old friends with a common bond. Our fun was always natural, our smiles and our conversations and we always laughed, Cathy was always the life of the party with Dwane at her side, always a pleasure to enjoy life with. She will be sorely missed by all, I will always hold a special place in my heart for both amazing ladies. God bless you both together in the afterlife.
Sandy & Ralph Fleming
April 7, 2018
We have been so blessed to have shared so many happy times with Cathy & Duane. We will never forget those great memories. Cathy was such a giving person. Always a phone call or email to see if all was well, always full of compliments, always worrying about Duane and keeping him busy, always setting up dates and reservations for golf or dinner, always looking like she just stepped out of a fashion magazine, and most of all, she was always happy. Cathy will be missed by many. Duane and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you . May all those happy memories bring you peace and comfort at this very sad time.
April 7, 2018
Love you nana I will always cherish the memories we had together. You were the best grandmother anyone could ask for thank you for always being there . Love you always forever. Peyton and hunter ❤️🌈❤️🌈❤️🌈❤️🌈❤️🌈❤️
April 7, 2018
I miss you mom I thought of you with love today , but that I nothing new . I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name . All I have are memories, and your picture in a frame . Your memory is my keepsake, with which I'll never part . God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart . ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Love you forever, forever your daughter xoxoxo
April 7, 2018
Thank you, Nana. I know at times we had our differences- but you have done so much for me and I appreciate it. The art shows, helping me with college. It feels different now that you’re gone. Rip.
April 4, 2018
Cathy was a beautiful and classy lady. . I will always remember the day she told us she and Duane were engaged. she showed the girls in golf her engagement ring . Wow... She had a special golf glove on so that ring could show. We were so excited for her..She amazed us all and boy could she dance. Duane and Cathy could tear the dance floor up. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. Rest In Peace dear Cathy.