Doris Anne (Fritzsche) Kuchenthal

A Tea/ Reception in memory of Doris Anne (Fritzsche) Kuchenthal will take place at noon on Sunday, July 11th at St. Edmonds Anglican Church Reception Hall following the 10:00 am Church Service.

Doris passed away peacefully on March 14th, 2010 at Nanaimo Regional Hospital as she approached her 99th birthday. She was born near Vancouver, Washington on May 15th, 1911. Doris leaves to mourn her passing her only son, John Paige Kuchenthal, her daughter-in-law, Nancy, and neice, Garland Lewis.

Doris had many interests in her life; among them, reading-biographies & history; music-singing and playing the organ; sewing-designing & constructing clothing, fiber art-quilting and furniture upholstery using fabrics she had manipulated; cooking-experimenting with and testing new and interesting recipes; art-designing and manufacturing decorative metalwork pieces; and interior design.

She completed her 1st College degree in Library Sciences in her 20’s & then went on to teach @ the Deaf School near Vancouver, Washington. In the depression era, she helped her parents through by working to establish and manage their small specialty bakery. Later on in her 50’s, she not only completed her 2nd College degree majoring in art and metalwork but also learned to drive. Following graduation, Doris gained practical artistic experience working with an interior designer, creating unusual and beautiful furnishings. She filled her home environment with many of her original art works.

While living in Portland, Oregon, Doris married Paige Kuchenthal (1939), who preceded her in death (1993). They established their permanent retirement home in Parksville, B.C. in 1975. Doris has been a lifetime communicant of the Anglican Church and was a member of St. Edmund’s Church in Parksville. Doris was also a much admired member of the Silver Foxes Fitness Group.

She requested there be no funeral service, but did agree to a memorial Tea/Reception.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Society of Organized Services, 245 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville, BC, V9P 2G9 (phone: 250-248-2093) in her name or the charity of your choice.