OBITUARY

Kathryne Dianne Riney

November 23, 1952March 26, 2021
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Kathryne Dianne Riney was born on November 23, 1952 in Tucson, Arizona and passed away on March 26, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona and is under the care of Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Memorial Service will be held on April 11, 2021 at 11:00 am at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 West Beardsley Road, Phoenix, Arizona.

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Services

11 April

Memorial Service

11:00 am

Phoenix Memorial Park

Gazebo

200 West Beardsley Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85027

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Ricki Majkowycz

April 10, 2021

Kathy had a beautiful spirit and voice! I enjoyed singing with her in St Luke’s choir for many years! May she rest in peace with our Lord!

Esther Seay

April 8, 2021

I met Kathy when she joined the church choir at St. Luke. Kathy was a soprano and had a beautiful voice and she could play the piano and organ . She was so talented , beautiful inside and out. I really admired her. I haven't seen Kathy for many years because I moved to the west side of town but I thought of her often as I did the other choir members. We had a great time and many laughs. She use to speak of Shelby all the time. I'm so sad I didn't get to see her before her passing. Rest in Pease Kathy. You are so loved.

Christina Weglarz

April 8, 2021

Our prayers and condolences are with you in this difficult time. We remember Kathy as a patient piano teacher and dog walker. We sometimes would meet at night by the tennis court with our dogs in tow! Kathy always had such a friendly smile.

Marilynn Spiegel

April 8, 2021

I had just talked with Kathy at Safeway, a few weeks ago, we would both shop on Thursday mornings, and meet up pretty regularly. My children Tim and Jennifer used to talk with her as they walked Snickers and she walked rambunctious Lincoln. We were wondering out loud, last week, where she was.

Kathy and I ran our first 10K together in the mid 1970's, we walked our various dogs together going back to your two Irish Setters and our Keeshond. Kathy was Jennifer's first piano teacher and music teacher in the early years at Mercury Mine.

We are all so saddened by her passing. My heartfelt condolences to Carl and Shelby. She was so proud of you Shelby, she spoke of you often.

We were neighbors and friends for over forty five years and she will be greatly missed.
She was so young, and so happy as she walked her new lovable puppy, Lincoln.

Marilynn Spiegel

Jennifer Bell

April 8, 2021

Kathy, beautiful as you can see, was my first piano teacher (I had no talent) as well as the music teacher at my elementary school for a while. Piano lessons and my hood were our main connections, though (I literally just saw her 😢).

She always had beautiful dogs.

And I still think about playing, poorly, a Nutcracker Suite or some sadly executed sonata in her living room. We even had recitals right there.

I seriously have this vivid memory of eating lunch while watching PLANET OF THE APES on AZ channel 5 before heading out to sit with other prodigy-kids and their parents on her couch, our piano books on our laps till our big numbers.

Last time I saw her, she was shepherding her Golden Retriever Lincoln, a wild puppy boy, throughout the neighborhood.

We will miss her!

love, Tim and Jennifer

Stephanie Steinberger

April 8, 2021

Kathy was a remarkable woman and gave the gift of love to her family and friends. She will live on in the hearts of family and by the recipients of the organs she so generously donated.

Joyce Millard Hoie

April 3, 2021

I first met Kathy during our daily dog walks and she always had a sweet smile and cheerful word for everyone. John and I are so sorry for your loss and send our heartfelt condolences.

Mary O'Neil

April 3, 2021

I met Kathy 18 years ago when I joined the Eagle Ridge Fine Arts Dept. She welcomed and treated me with kindness and support. I quickly realized how fortunate I was to work with this awesome lady. It was a blast to work with Kathy on sets for her musical performances. Her students adored her and her colleagues respected her dedication to her calling.. Always smiling, positive and the first to offer help, Kathy was a joy to work with.

She volunteered her time as a school building representative, worked to get school district overrides passed and participated in the democratic process. She was knowledgeable about politics and which candidates supported education.

As I got to know Kathy over the years, I realized we had so much in common. We loved animals (we both had Golden Retrievers and cats). We grew up in AZ, loved the outdoors, our political leanings were in line, and we both loved to talk over lunch at Chilis. Not to mention, we both had beautiful daughters named Shelby, who we were so proud of.

I was lucky enough to visit with Kathy a week before her passing. We visited and talked about all the things that made our lives good and rich and full- our family, our animals, our friends. She was so looking forward to seeing her Shelby and Louis and spending time with them as newlyweds. We talked about the future, she with hope that better days were ahead for our country and the world.
Kathy always, always, made me feel hopeful about the future.

Kathy was beautiful person, inside and out. She walked the walk and inspires me to be a better person. Kathy took the High Road.
My heart goes out to you, Carl, Shelby and all that love her.

Terrie Minnick

March 31, 2021

Kathy and I worked many years together at Eagle Ridge Elementary , with me in the library and she teaching Music. I loved to hear her sing at the piano. Years later when we both were retired we met a few times a year for lunch usually at Chilis with another retired teacher Mary. We always had a good time laughing and talking about our families, school district days and in recent years politics as they 3 of us were all like minded when it came to politics. Kathy was a very sweet, caring person who smiled much and cared for others. She is a lost to the world and will be missed. Thinking of you Carl and all your family at this sad time.

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