Obituary of Kathryn Gendel (1936 – 2021) – Denver, CO

Gendel, Catherine Ann

Kathryn (Kathe) Ann Gendel died on November 7, 2021 in Denver, following a heart attack. Born Kathryn McAninch in 1936 in St. Louis Missouri, she was raised for many years by her maternal grandparents, Marty and Andrew Dierks in Muscatine Iowa. She spent her teenage years with her parents, Odette and Wilmont McAninch in Kansas City Missouri. Kathryn’s children are Kate An Hunter, Shelle Greenbaum, Karolyn Epling and Paulo Berbiglia. His grandchildren are David Brown, Brandon Cline and Rose Greenbaum. His great-grandchildren are Rylan, Delilah and Kahvin Cline. Her siblings are John Thomas McAninch and Mary Reynolds. Michael Gendel is Kathryn’s husband.

Kathryn was an artist at heart. The medium closest to her nature was her garden, where she created and nurtured beauty, surprise and peace. She was never happier than when she had exhausted herself after a day with her hands in the dirt. After attending the Art Institute in Kansas City, she was a published professional photographer, showed her weavings in museums and galleries across the country, threw pots, painted, created abstract collages from the petals of the flowers. that she grew and beaded her later. year. She had an unfailing taste for art, fashion and design, as well as an amazing visual memory. She was a creative and adventurous cook and traveled the world with enthusiasm.

After moving to Denver in 1975, she received her BA and MA in Social Work from the University of Denver. For 25 years, she practiced psychotherapy at the Denver Mental Health Center and later in private practice. She retired in the early 2000s.

Catherine was an independent woman. She had a strong will and a fiery nature, matched with her generous wit, love of life, and famous and often irreverent sense of humor. Kathryn’s doctors gave her a less than one percent chance of surviving an acute illness in 2009, but she defied those odds with her stubborn will to live and resolve to recover. Kathryn always had more plans. Overwhelmed by medical problems in her later years, she accepted the increase in disability with remarkable grace, her gray-blue eyes still full of light and laughter. She was a trusted and loyal friend to many. She cared deeply for her family and her husband’s family. She is loved by all her family and friends and adored by her husband Michael.

Memorial contributions are welcome at her favorite medical charity, ReSurge International ( and one of her favorite arts organizations, Theater Grottesco in Santa Fe (

Posted by Denver Post on Dec 26, 2021.


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