Katherine Dowden
Katherine Dowden

Obituary of Katherine A. Dowden

Katherine A. "Kay" Dowden, 94, a longtime resident of Rhinebeck, NY, passed away on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at The Baptist Nursing Home in Rhinebeck, NY.


Born on November 25th, 1926, Thanksgiving Day at home in Bronx, NY, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Meta (Kahle) Heissenbuttel. Katherine married William Dowden, III on June 28, 1947 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bronx, NY. William predeceased her on September 27, 2009.


Kay and William moved to Rhinebeck in October of 1949. In addition to raising her family, she worked as a secretary for the President of the Rhinebeck Savings Bank; as a receptionist for Dr. Donald McKibbon's practice in Rhinebeck; and culminated her career as a licensed insurance agent with the Dowden Agency in Rhinebeck. For many years, she was the smiling face that welcomed you at the door or on the telephone.


Active in her community, Katherine was a longtime faithful member of Third Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rhinebeck, leading the Sunday school and serving on Church Council. She was an active member of the Beekman Chapter #496 Order of Eastern Star based in Rhinebeck, serving as Matron several times, District Deputy Grand Matron of Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam District, and Grand Representative of Saskatchewan, Canada. For years, she would organize and solicit ads for the CDP District for the "Grand Matron's" Journal.

She is survived by her loving sons, William Dowden IV of Rhinebeck, NY, and Carl (Theresa) Dowden of Red Hook, NY; her loving grandchildren, Sarah (Paul) Parker of Selkirk, NY, Emma (Grant) Osborne of Johnston, RI, Ryan Dowden of Rhinebeck, NY, and Matthew Dowden of Kingston, NY; her great grandson, Jack Parker; along with extended family and friends.


Due to Covid restrictions, funeral services and interment in Viewmonte Rural Cemetery in Clermont, NY will be private.


Memorial donations may be made in Kay's memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104-2396 or to Third Evangelical Lutheran Church, 31 Livingston St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.


Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 91 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY.



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