Kathleen Patricia Kanzler


Kathleen Patricia Kanzler, 85 of Chateaugay, N.Y., passed away Monday, July 8, 2019.
Kathleen was born on April 13, 1934, in Detroit, Mich.; she was the daughter of Vincent and Helen (Murtagh) McGivney.
As a young lady she started showing Collies. She attended Wayne State and Michigan State Colleges. Kathleen married LTC Norbert Kanzler on Dec. 21, 1954, in Detroit, Mich., her husband of 62 years who had retired from the U.S. Army after 29 years of service. This provided for international travel while raising their three children. In 1957 she started breeding Miniature Schnauzers and in 1958 Norbert and Kathleen moved to Alaska where they were introduced to the Siberian Husky. She was a very prolific reader, enjoying mysteries and staying in tune with local and world news. Kathleen was an author and co-author of several books. She is listed in Who's Who of American Woman 1997-1998 also in Who's Who in the World. She had been a Board Member of the Siberian Husky Club of American, a Delegate to the American Kennel Club, and Chairperson with the Morris Foundation. She was a World renowned International Dog Show Judge having assignments in six continents.
She and her husband owned the Innisfree Kennel, world renown for Siberian Huskies and Shiba lnu. Her passion and love for animals was evident by everyone that knew her. She traveled the world with her husband Norbert, on dog judging assignments and conducting seminars.
She is survived by two children, John and his wife Pamela and Sheila and her husband Frank; two grandchildren, Patrick and Kevin; a brother, Michael McGivney and his wife Janet and several nieces and nephews. She will be missed by everyone that was blessed to have met her.
She was predeceased by her husband, Norbert, parents and oldest daughter Patricia.
Calling hours will be held at the Chateaugay Funeral Home on Friday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a prayer service immediately following at 1:30.
Burial will be held at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at a later date, where she will join her husband, Norbert.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Morris Animal Foundation (www.morrisanimalfoundation.org) or Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers (www.tunnel2towers.org).
Online condolences may be offered at www.chateaugayfuneralhome.com
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Wayne & Barb Collins
Jul 18, 2019
We would like to extend our condolences to the whole family . We are terribly sorry that we will not be at the service for Kathleen tomorrow as we are presently in North Dakota.
Norma Tinti
Jul 16, 2019
From Argentina, thanks in the name of the siberian husky breeders. You did so much!!!
Flo Doyle
Jul 14, 2019
What a Treasured lady. She will be sorely missed.
Marsha Clamp
Jul 14, 2019
So sorry to hear of Kathleen's passing. She was a tribute to women everywhere with her love of the dogs sport. Being a friend of Trish for many years I would hear stories about her and Norbert. Agreat lady and she will be missed in the sport of dogs.
Kathy Rasmussen
Jul 14, 2019
Sad day for the Siberian Husky world. I started I in Siberian Huskies in 1977. Attended many shows etc with her and the girls. It meant a lot to know all. I still have my Siberian’s. Prayers for her remaining family. RIP Kathleen once again with Norbert and Trisha plus all the wonderful dogs.
Ayala sher
Jul 14, 2019
My Shiba Inu, Dolly, was descended from an Innisfree Shiba. Thank you, Kathleen for all the joy Dolly gave me...And all the love in troubled times. I met you once when Dolly was being shown as a veteran, I believe. I will always remember that. And, as my dogs are all Mortar dogs, I always felt that cheering anytime Innisfree was In the ring, was like cheering for an extended family member. Rest in peace Mama Shiba.
Mardee Ward
Jul 14, 2019
The many years of knowing the entire family have been special!! ‘Salt of the earth” and always fun !! Treasured memories abound :)
Blessings to you all ...