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Swan Funeral Home

1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT

OBITUARY

Kristen Jude Woodmansee

September 11, 1965August 16, 2020
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Kristen Jude (Gerthoffer) Woodmansee, 54, of Old Saybrook, passed away on August 16th after a 3 year battle with cancer.

Kristen was born September 11, 1965 in Syracuse, NY, the youngest child of Bernard and Suzanne Gerthoffer. Kristen graduated from Bishop Grimes High School in Syracuse in 1983. She attended St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY, graduating with a B.B.A. degree in Marketing in 1987. Despite the fact that she was a proud alumna of St. Bonaventure University, she was a lifelong fan of all Syracuse University sports teams. She rarely missed a basketball game – always in front of the TV (when not there in person) decked out in her Syracuse gear.

It was at St. Bonaventure that she met her husband, David P. Woodmansee. They married on September 29, 1990 in Syracuse and relocated to Old Saybrook in 1994. Sadly, she lost Dave to cancer in September of 2019 after caring for him tenderly despite her own illness. Kristen and Dave loved their adopted hometown of Old Saybrook, and they made many lifelong friends in that community. Those friends were an amazing source of support to Kristen and Dave throughout their illnesses, due perhaps in part to the fact that Kristen and her late husband were selfless and always seemed to give far more than they took.

Since 1997, Kristen worked as the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Old Lyme-based OHS Companies, including serving as President of OHS Sleep Center Partners LLC since 2007.

More than anything, Kristen loved her family—especially her parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and their children. She also loved her many nieces and nephews deeply. She always enjoyed hosting them at her home in Old Saybrook, and she was incredibly proud to watch them grow into fine young men and women.

Following her cancer diagnosis, her friend and employer Jack Spratt endowed a scholarship in Kristen’s honor in association with the oldest sailing educational program in the country (through the Mystic Seaport and aboard the schooner Brilliant). Fittingly, it was named “KRIS” for Kristen’s traits of Kindness, Respect, Integrity and Sincerity. She was proud that the first recipient of the scholarship and a 10-day sailing program on Brilliant was her nephew, Alex.

Kristen was preceded in death by her husband, Dave. She is survived by her mother Suzanne and her father Bernie, as well as her step-mother Judy, and her brothers Lenny and Paul (a/k/a “Spooker”), step-siblings Tracey, Bill, Jill, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and countless friends. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on August 19, 2020 at the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook. Due to Covid-19 concerns, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church, Old Saybrook. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kristen’s name to the American Cancer Society.

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  • Calling Hours

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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Patty Commander

August 24, 2020

Such a beautiful and open person, caring and welcoming, generous and kind. The photos remind me of Kristen’s love for her family, first and always, and her friends, dear and revered. I wish for her comfort and peace.

Nancy Woodmansee

August 22, 2020

I was Kristen’s mother-in-law for 18 years, she was such a delight to know and be with. I’ll miss her and her family from Syracuse. Love to them all!

Love,


Nancy Woodmansee

Harry Walsh

August 22, 2020

There are not enough words to describe Kristen's warmth,generosity and kidness to everyone she touched.
God Bless her and family.
Love, Harry and Phyllis Walsh

Tracey Montague

August 20, 2020

The Rugrats in the Minnie Winnie!

Tracey Montague

August 20, 2020

💗 Sisters

Tracey Montague

August 20, 2020

Paul McCartney at the Dome! Best concert ever!

Tracey Montague

August 20, 2020

We did it! WE BEAT DUKE!!!!

Tracey Montague

August 20, 2020

Kristen became my friend when we were 7 & 9 and my sister a year later. She and Spooker spent every weekend with us and we bonded immediately. We grew up together, doing many living room shows, publishing a neighborhood newspaper, taking camping trips to the Pocono 500, the Indy 500, Disney World and NYC. We navigated the dramatic teenage years together with a few tears and so much laughter. We were in each other’s weddings. Highlights of recent years were seeing Paul McCartney at the dome and the thrilling last second SU basketball win over Duke in 2017! Though she was my “little sister” I admired her many accomplishments, energy and enthusiasm for life, and for the grace and strength of spirit with which she battled cancer so valiantly. I will miss her deeply, and will cling to many cherished memories and hear her laughing with me.

Ellen Gentile

August 19, 2020

During boating season, my husband and I would frequent Luigi's every Friday night and that's where we met Dave and Kristen. They were so kind and friendly that we immediately knew they were the real deal. I remember running into Kristen, her mother and aunt at Block Island and meeting her wonderful family at Luigi's on a Friday night. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. RIP Kristen!

Ellen Gentile

Fran Borreggine

August 19, 2020

Suzanne & Family,
I am so very sorry about Kristen's passing. Please know I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. There truly are no words for such a heartbreaking loss.

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