June 26, 1947 – July 28, 2020
Kristine E. Haney, 73, of Boston, MA, died Tuesday July 28, 2020, after a courageous years long battle with pulmonary hypertension. A graduate of Cass Technical High School, Michigan State University for her Bachelor of Arts and NYU for her PhD in Art History, Kris grew up in Detroit, MI. She lived across the world in her life, with great adventures living in New York City, London, Belgium, Vienna and multiple places in France. Kris was a professor of art history who spent 35 years teaching at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also wrote 2 books, and most recently wrote The Winchester Psalter Miniature Cycle. A quick search on Google Scholar reveals her scholarship and its impact. A 42 year resident of Westminster, MA Kris was an active community member there. She volunteered with the Forbush Memorial Library for more than a decade; where she poured great energy into cataloguing all of the artifacts owned by the library, restoring those with damage and organizing their display to the public. In their retirement Kristine and her husband moved into Boston, where they were able to enjoy the city they loved so much—wandering the streets of every neighborhood to take in the architecture, enjoying the Symphony, the Handel and Hayden society and the Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to all these things, in her retirement Kris fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming an avid horsewoman, taking riding lessons in Princeton, Brewster and Townsend; she was also able to ride horses on many of her travels: in Petra, Wyoming, Yosemite, Central Park and Prospect Park. She was actively engaged in the planning processes for Franklin Park. She dreamed that a stable there near Fredrick Law Olmstead’s bridle paths would allow the children of Boston to enjoy horseback riding just as much as she did as a daughter of Detroit. When not traveling, Kris split her time between her Jamaica Plain home and her cherished Cape house. She was a skilled gardener, whose yard was filled with day lilies, phlox, hydrangea, setum and many roses. Beyond all of these things, she was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, and daughter. Kris was also a beloved friend and teacher to many. Born June 26, 1947, Kristine is predeceased by her father and mother, Joseph and Sophie (Buliga) Votta, as well as her brother, Jim Votta. Kristine is survived by her husband of 42 years, Walter Haney; and daughter, Elizabeth Haney of Somerville. Kristine is also survived by her brother Mike Votta and his wife June, of Ferndale, Michigan; sisters-in-law and brother in law Deborah and David Batten and Sally Puterbaugh; and many nieces and nephews. A private funeral mass will take place at St. Joan of Arc in Orleans, MA. A burial service that is open to the public will follow at Orleans Cemetery at 11AM on Monday, August 3. 2020. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, masks and social distancing will be enforced. In lieu of flowers, Kristine’s family asks that you send your favorite memories of Kristine to her family at https://www.memories.net/page/7593/kristine-haney. In addition, contributions to City to Saddle's work making horseback riding more accessible to all young Bostonians are deeply appreciated: https://citytosaddle.org/donate-now/ For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com
Monday, August 3, 2020
August 3, 2020
Dear Walt and Elizabeth,
I am so sorry for your loss. Kris was truly a special lady.
I remember when she first started coming to see us on Newbury Street. She had such a deep knowledge of art history, and used to regale us with stories of when she lived abroad. She shared with us her love of horses, and encouraged us to join her at City Saddle. I was so excited when I learned of her love for gardening, because we then had the chance to speak about perennial design, timing and color palettes.
My favorite memory of Kris...
In mid July I had the opportunity to visit Kris and Walt at home on the Cape. There, the floral landscape design is like something out of an old time novel. Hydrangeas, peonies, rhododendron, roses of all kinds. The arrangement of the arbor and the hedge rows all contribute to the magical quiet world that is the “Cape House”.
Over lunch we got to talk about special memories that hang proudly on the wall. There are woven palms that came from time abroad, stories of sailing, and a special space dedicated to Elizabeth. One can truly see the love that went into choosing every detail.
On my departure, Kris sent me away with various shades of hydrangeas, verbena, and the damask rose she was so proud of. A picture of the bouquet is included.
She will be so missed. She was sincerely a gem among women.
August 2, 2020
I love the way you lived. I love that you opened everyones heart, that you’d dive into stories and I’d get lost in them. Your passion was living and you always had so much to say. Passionate about everything. In the last year with my dear colleague Susan, we were able to create beautiful jewelry pieces which of course Kris had to have all control of, but trusted us to deliver exactly what she was wanted, and she was the most grateful client in my 4 years. Kris was a true light. To everyone around her. I’m grateful to have known her and my heart goes out to her family. She spoke about you all the time ❤️ God bless you and cheers to a life so well lived
August 1, 2020
Walt and Elizabeth,
I’m so sorry to hear of Kris’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
July 31, 2020
One of Kristine's passions in the last year of her life was participating in the planning processes around Franklin Park. Kristine dreamed that the City would be able to add a stable there with programs for general riding and therapeutic riding, hoping that those opportunities could reach the people of Boston and Massachusetts, no matter how much money they made or if they had disabilities that would at first seem to hamper their ability to ride. Kristine found absolute freedom and joy when riding the horses she befriended in her lessons; and she wanted others to have the chance to share that feeling as well. You can read her proposal here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1i2hD2-PL-T8GQdB15lZDX5Qioujqg4ZU/view?usp=sharing