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Swan Funeral Home

825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT

OBITUARY

Kathryn Ring

May 25, 1946February 3, 2020

Kathryn Ring, widow of Vincent Ring, passed away on February 3rd in Old Saybrook, Connecticut after a year long illness at home with family by her side.

Kathy was born on May 25th, 1946 in Patterson, New Jersey, to her parents, the late William and Eleanor Van Buren previously residing in North Haven, Connecticut.

She graduated from North Haven High School and received her B.A. from Albertus Magnus College. After having two children with her first husband, Charles A. Possidente, she attended Adelphi University where she received a Masters Degree in Social Work.

Ms. Ring worked at Connecticut Mental Health Center as a Psychiatric Social Worker for over 25 years, retiring in 2011.

After retirement, she was active with the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. Kathy taught English with the local ESL program and volunteered at the local soup kitchen. She enjoyed reading and was part of a local book club. Kathy loved Mother Nature and supported local and International environmental groups such as the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, and the Saybrook Land and Trust. A lover of animals, she adopted rescue cats and dogs and contributed to the CT Humane Society. She was an active advocate for Women’s rights and supported the National Organization for Women and Planned Parenthood. Lastly, Kathryn was a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights.

She loved to travel, walk in the local woods and on the beach, and to knit. Most of all, Kathy enjoyed spending time with her family.

Kathryn is survived and will be dearly missed by:

Two sons, Jonathan and his husband Robert Megargee of Los Angeles, CA, and Damian and his partner Agustin Cruz of Los Angeles, CA. Her brother, David Van Buren of North Branford, and sister, Gretchen Van Buren and her husband, John Bouzoun, of Orford, NH.

A Memorial Celebration will begin at Noon until 3:00 PM at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, CT on Thursday February 13th. Burial will be private at a cemetary. 
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and the American Cancer Society.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Wayne and Evelyn Basset

February 14, 2020

Enjoyed the company of Kathy and Vincent at our Daughters and Vincent Jr wedding and numerous family get togethers..so sorry for her loss.

Susie bishop

February 14, 2020

I, too, am a volunteer at the Kate where I first met Kathy. Every Thursday morning I could be found working at the Kate Boutique and Kathy in the Kate box office where during “slow” times we very much enjoyed lively conservations about all things fun! I always looked forward to seeing, talking and working with her. She was a beautiful soul. I am so sorry for your loss!

Lori and Steve Fritzer

February 13, 2020

Dearest Kathy, we so enjoyed your warmth, humor and kindness while working together at The Kate. We are fortunate to have shared the Tuscany trip with you, along with several friends from The Kate. The world is a kinder place because of you- rest peacefully and know we will remember you always. Lori and Steve

Rosemary Palmer

February 13, 2020

I was always glad when I found myself working with Kathy at The Kate . She was warm, generous and always ready to share a laugh. She will be missed by many of us and I shall always remember her with great fondness.

Mario & Sandy Nargi

February 12, 2020

Every time we were lucky enough to share a meal or a celebration with Kathy, we were thoroughly impressed by her warm and caring approach to life. We were honored to share some memorable moments with her and bask in her smile. What an incredible lady. The love she shared with her family will forever be treasured. Our prayers are with you all.

Mary Ellen Cowles

February 12, 2020

I’m so deeply saddened to hear of Kathy’s passing. We met ten years ago as volunteers at The Kate and quickly became friends. As ushers or as friends having lunch by the Connecticut River in Old Lyme, Kathy always had a smile or snarky line to say as we both talked about our bi-coastal lives, do we stay or do we go where our kids are, and how much we agonized and loved both our East and West coast lives. I will truly miss you, Kathy Ring. ♥️

Sharon Baldi

February 12, 2020

Kathy became a dear friend these last 10 years. Ushering together we shared stories about our lives, and families. She always talked about her boys with pride. I already miss the giggles and fun we shared during our nights out at the Kate. Door 1 will never be the same without you.
Rest in peace my dear friend,
Sharon Grace Baldi

Gerhard Krauland

February 12, 2020

I still recall your volunteering for your first opera. You weren’t quite sure whether that was your cup of tea. But I was so happy to see you on many future performances. Your smile and kindness will always be remembered.

Donna Jadis

February 12, 2020

Kathy and I met in childbirth class when she was pregnant with Damian. After our boys were born, we started a "play"/new mom support group amongst other women in the same class. It was a lifeline for me to navigating the trials of a new baby. At some point, we became closer friends than just a kids' connection and Kathy enriched my life for many years to come. She was with me through a divorce and a new relationship, with me through her divorce and we navigated single-parenthood together. She was my best friend for many years. I loved her and miss her deeply today. I cherish our close friendship and wish we'd had more time together. Rest in peace, dear friend. With love,
Donna