Kathleen was born on May 24, 1930 to Lewis and Mary Breininger of Meriden.
She was predeceased by her husband Richard L. Kristopik and her brother Robert Breininger. She is survived by her son, Kenneth Kristopik of South Lyme; daughter, Sandi (Brion) Dodge of East Lyme; and grandson, Gus Dodge of East Lyme.
Kathleen and her late husband Rich owned and operated the “Rockland Dairy” ice cream bar in Berlin from 1955 to 1979. They were active in their community and active members of St. Paul’s Church in Berlin and then of Christ the King at Old Lyme.
They enjoyed many outdoor sports, including cross-country skiing, sailing on their boat, tennis, and swimming. They also enjoyed dancing, bowling, sledding and were big fans of the UConn Huskies boys and girls basketball teams and attended many sporting events.
Kathleen was a Boy Scout Den mother and a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed painting in oil on canvas, painting many beautiful portraits from postcards. Kathleen was an avid seamstress making her own clothes and clothes for her family as well.
Kathleen was a huge animal lover and owned dogs and cats all her life and even had a Crow pet as a child named “Blackie” who flew into their house one day and never left.
After selling Rockland Dairy Ice Cream Bar, Kathleen went to work for Berlin Saving’s Bank and then Midcon Bank in Berlin before retiring to where she lived at Point O’ Woods Beach in South Lyme.
Kathy’s home in Point O’ Woods Beach has always been the gathering place for summer picnics and especially Thanksgiving with family and loved ones. She loved Thanksgiving the most and looked forward to it year round for over twenty years. It was also where his children, nieces and nephews spent the summer as children and enjoyed countless memorable outings.
Kathleen’s greatest joy and most precious “Apple of her Eye” was her grandson Gus. They have maintained a close and loving bond over the years.
Kathleen’s laughter, generosity and spirit of adventure will be greatly missed.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 19 at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme, followed by a Christian burial mass at 11 a.m. in Christ the King in Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorable donation to The Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037 866-720-2676 www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com.
Published by The Day on February 13, 2022.