Kathryn Palmer Pearl (93) passed away on June 7, 2006 at her beloved home in Great Neck. Kathryn was born on Sept. 24, 1912 in Malad, ID. She was the last surviving and second youngest of eight children born to William and Catherine Palmer. Kathryn was the valedictorian of both her Malad High School graduating class and of her class at the LDS Nursing School in Salt Lake City, UT. Many years later, Kathryn would continue her pattern of academic excellence receiving her BS degree with honors from Oneonta College. She became a certified school nurse teacher.
At the young age of 20, Kathryn designed a clothing line and was founder and president of her own successful company. She also created and marketed a perfume made especially for brides called "I Do." Kathryn later moved to Great Neck and worked in New York City as a jewelry buyer.
Mrs. Pearl was a loving mother to her children, Dr. Linda Kathryn Forsberg, of Bloomfield Hills, MI, Karen Rose (Paul) of San Diego, CA and son, Michael Pearl of Plainview. Kathryn has five grandchildren, Jason Forsberg, Tiffany Kathryn Forsberg Thacher (Alex), Marcus P. Rose (Julie), David Rose, and Julianne Rose Yardley (Kyle). She also has four great- grandchildren.
Kathryn was a dedicated school nurse teacher. She worked at Schreiber High School, as well as the Manorhaven and Guggenheim schools. She began a dental program and continued this project into her retirement years. Many children, who had never before been to a dentist, received dental care because of Mrs. Pearl's efforts. At the time of Kathryn's retirement from the Port Washington School District, she was the Coordinator of School Nurse Teachers.
Mrs. Pearl was selected to be Mother of the Year for New York State in 1989. She dedicated her life to helping others and had a particular love for children and young people. She enjoyed beautiful things and had a special passion for the Asian cultures. Kathryn traveled extensively with her husband, Joseph. They made many trips to Japan and Kathryn worked diligently to master the Japanese language. She wanted to be able to converse freely. Throughout her life, Kathryn was a voracious reader, an avid gardener and a talented floral arranger.
Kathryn Pearl loved to listen to people and was an amazing confidante to many. She was well known in the medical community and was able to ensure that those in need were given the proper medical care regardless of an ability to pay. She was an emotional support for countless persons in crisis. Throughout her life, Kathryn was an active member and leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She lived and loved her religion. She will be missed greatly by her family, her friends and her many surviving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by "the love of her life" her devoted husband, Joseph.
Donations in Kathryn's memory may be made to the Port Washington Teachers Assn. Scholarship Fund, c/o Port Washington Teachers Assn., Schreiber High School, Campus Drive, Port Washington, New York 11050.
Dorothy (Jack) Vinarski, of Port Washington, died suddenly on Sept. 7, 2006. Beloved wife of the late Chester. Loving mother of Joseph and Scott. Grandmother of Joseph and Heather. Sister-in-law of Janet Nofi and Helen Yadvish. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church.