Kathleen Ahlbach, 69, passed away in her sleep on August 1, 2015. She had been recovering from major surgery in late June.
Born and raised in Trenton, she moved with her family to Laurel Avenue in 1956
and graduated from Blessed Sacrament Grammar School and then from Cathedral High School (class of ‘64). It was on Laurel Avenue that she met the love of her life, James Ahlbach. They married and eventually moved to Titusville, NJ, to raise their family. They later built a home in Pennington, where they lived for sixteen years before moving to Mansfield Township.
Kathleen was a member of St. James Church in Pennington for over thirty years, where she was a cantor and choir member for many years. She will be remembered for her beautiful renditions of “Ave Maria,” which she sang at all three of her daughters’ weddings, as well as many church masses.
An avid reader, gardener, and decorator, she always looked and carried herself with a grace that was complemented by her kindness and gentleness. Through many surgeries and medical challenges, Kathleen showed both tremendous strength and humility.
Predeceased by her husband James; her parents, Veronica (Burke) and Lawrence Schrader, Sr.; by her sisters Nancy Warren and Claudia Jelinski and by sister-in-law Veronica Schrader, she is survived by three daughters, Lauren Connolly (William) of Sewell, Jacqueline Espenhorst (Karl) of Hamilton, and Ellen Vivino (Raymond) of Wayne; six grandchildren, Megan Connolly, Benjamin Espenhorst, Will Connolly, Kelsey Espenhorst, Elizabeth Vivino, and Christian Vivino; a brother, Lawrence Schrader, Jr. of Barnegat, NJ; a sister Janice Lyczak (Michael) of Morrisville, PA.; brothers, David Schrader and Kenneth Schrader, both of Trenton; a sister-in-law, Carole Trafford of Ewing; and an aunt and uncle, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by many friends, including her life-long best friend, Anne Sakowski; the parish family of St. James Church in Pennington; and her wonderful neighbors in Mansfield.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Tuesday, August 11, at St. James Church, 115 E. Delaware Avenue, Pennington.
Interment will follow in Wrightstown, NJ, at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 pm on Monday, August 10, at M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Avenue, Ewing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th Floor,New York, NY 10022 or at http://www.bcrfcure.org
Posted on 05 Aug 2015 by MFH