Katharina Reay

Obituary of Katharina Reay

Katharina "Kay" (Schweighardt) Reay, 93, of the Marksboro section of Frelinghuysen Township passed away peacefully September 14, 2020 at home, surrounded by her family. Kay, born and raised in Clifton, NJ, was the daughter of Mathias and Cecelia (Bauman) Schweighardt. She was predeceased by sisters Elsie Schweighardt, Cecelia Schweighardt, Hermina Venezia, Millicent Walder, Mary Ellen Zahorian, and brother Joseph Schweighardt. She is survived by her children Kathy, Billy, Mark, grandchildren Danielle Reay and her husband Alex Minicozzi, and Michael Reay; as well as many nieces and nephews. In June of 1965, Kay moved with her family from Clifton to Silver Lake Road in Frelinghuysen Township. She and her ex-husband, William F. Reay, lovingly and historically restored a circa 1770 Moravian Homestead into a beautiful home. During the year long renovation, the entire family lived in a two car garage heated by two coal burning stoves. Showering and using the single functional bathroom in the house necessitated a trek outside in all sorts of weather. Water damaged walls and ceilings in the home were repaired using plaster and lath rather than sheet rock. Interior woodwork, painting, wall coverings and stenciling were restored to historically accurate specifications. Their home was furnished with antique furniture and decorations bringing it back to how it may have looked in the 1770s. Many of the cherished items were acquired while "Antiquing" with her beloved late sister-in-law Fern (Reay) Cederberg. The exterior stucco was removed by hand and the revealed stonework was re-pointed. During the renovation several New Jersey copper coins minted in the 1770s were found, as well as an intact duck egg placed in the stonework, apparently for good luck. "Kay loved gardening and took great joy in the ever-increasing size of her perennial flower beds from adding new varieties of flowers and foliage plants each year. Motorists and friends would admire her garden while driving by, and if they saw Kay outside in the garden, would stop to comment on how beautiful it looked. Many a visitor would leave with a cutting, seeds or even an entire plant to add to their gardens. Kay had an adventurous side. In August of 1969 she drove her son Billy and his friends Jay Ohland, Dennis Place, Gene Pensack and Rich Langsen to attend the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. She and her daughter Kathy spent Friday at the huge gathering amazed by the crowd and listening to several performers including Richie Havens. She and Kathy managed to escape before the roads became jammed. She returned Monday with several other parents to retrieve the boys, who had thoroughly enjoyed the weekend experience. Fun and outgoing, her great laugh was heard at the family gatherings she loved, especially with her sisters. She loved relaxing in a comfortable recliner with a good lap cat while watching British mysteries and re-runs of Gunsmoke. A cup of coffee and an Allwood Bakery crumb bun made for a special treat. Since 1973 Kay was the sole proprietor of the Fireside Inn in Marksboro and gained a reputation for her delicious triple-decker club sandwiches, homemade potato salad and coleslaw. Her repeat patrons quickly became her friends. Age and health concerns finally forced her to close the doors in the early 2000s. Kay will be missed by her family and friends. The family is grateful for the caring staff of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice program that helped Kay through her illness. No formal funeral services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charitable organization and tell your loved ones that you love them." Arrangements are under the direction of Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825. Additional information and condolences may be found @ www. newbakerfuneralhome.com The family is grateful for the caring staff of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice program that helped Kay through her illness.

Final Resting Place

H.G. Smith Crematory
2120 North 5th Street
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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