Kathryn Shaw, 91, Quakertown, passed away on Saturday, January 2nd, 2021, in her home surrounded by her family. She was born July 30, 1929, in Perkasie, the daughter of Russell U. & Irene (Hunsberger) Kramer. She graduated from Quakertown Community High School in 1947 and enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, after a brief respite to drive cross country in a DeSoto Custom Convertible with her girlfriends. At Penn, she studied nursing and played on the women’s basketball team. She was a standout basketball player at Penn and later recognized as a member of the Pennridge – Quakertown Sports Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a three-sport athlete at Quakertown High School (basketball, field hockey, and softball). After graduating with a degree in nursing, she worked for a short-time at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital before returning to her hometown in 1955 to marry Richard “Dick” Shaw and start a family. Known to those who loved her as Kitty, Mom, and Mom-Mom, Kitty cherished the annual family vacation to 74th and Pleasure in Sea Isle City, which included daily walks in search of the best chocolate chip cookie on the island, a cold beer on the beach in the late afternoon, and games of rummy with her grandkids in the evening (Phillies game on in the background of course). She loved watching her grandkids grow up and took great pride in being there for all the big milestones in their lives. Truly, her grandkids can scarcely remember ever playing a sport or running a race without Mom-Mom watching from the sidelines and there with a hug after the final whistle. She was a lifelong tennis player and prolific runner turned walker in her later years. Into her 90s, she could be spotted pounding the pavement up Juniper Street, through Memorial Park, and back down Park Avenue. Kitty made a lasting mark on the Quakertown community having co-founded Meals on Wheels in 1973 and serving as Co-Director and a driver for 40+ years. Meals on Wheels is a service that provides hot meals to older Quakertown area residents in partnership with St. Luke’s Hospital. Kitty was a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Quakertown serving on church counsel and leading the church as Counsel President for some time. She took charge in planning and organizing the annual church Peach Festival and took great pride in its success. She had many long-time friends through the church and especially loved going out for breakfast with her closest friends every week after early service. She had many wonderful church friends, tennis friends, and others who passed through her life. Kitty is survived by her son, Joseph Shaw; her daughter, Jane Cygan and her husband, Tony; her son, James Shaw; her daughter, Jeanne McLaughlin and her husband, Steve; along with her grandchildren: Nicholas, Jessica, Colin, and Emma. She is reunited with her loving husband, Dick and beloved brother, Russell “Bud” Kramer. Services will be held on Saturday January 16, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church 102 Hellertown Ave, Quakertown PA 18951. Calling hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Strict CDC Covid 19 guidelines will be followed. Reservations are required to stay for the 11:00 a.m. services. Please call church between 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 215-536-4345 to make reservations. For those who feel safer remaining at home live streaming of the services will begin 11:00 a.m. on Facebook at www.facebook.com/trinityquakertown. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Kitty’s name be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 102 N. Hellertown Ave. Quakertown, Pa. 18951. Once COVID -19 restrictions are relaxed, and weather permitting, family will have a memorial picnic in Kitty's name on the front lawn of Trinity Lutheran's property. Arrangements are in the care of the C. R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc. (www.crstrunk.com).
Trinity Lutheran Church
102 N. Hellertown Ave., Quakertown PA 18951