Kathleen Patricia Kanzler
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Kathleen Patricia Kanzler
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).
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