Katherine Kamm

July 25, 1928 - July 18, 2018

"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back May the sunshine warm your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields.."

Obituary of Katherine Kamm

Katherine Irene Kamm passed away July 18, 2018, at home, under the care of Hospice and surrounded by her loving family. Born July 25, 1928, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Katherine (Burkhardt) Smith.

Katherine "Katy" was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great- grandmother who loved spending time with family, cooking, baking, playing cards, playing the organ and loved her chocolate.

Katy married the love of her life, Walter Kamm, in 1946 and they resided in Pendleton until he passed away in 2002.  Katherine was the beloved mother of Michele (William) Wilson, Michael (Heather) Kamm and Holly (Larry) Duscher. Cherished grandmother of seven and cherished great-grandmother of 14. Dear sister of Kenneth (Lucille) Smith, Clifford (Jane) Smith and the late Donald Smith. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 3-7 on Sunday at Taylor and Reynolds Funeral Home, 70 Niagara St. Private services will be held on Monday. Memorials to Niagara Hospice would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences may be offered below, and flowers may be purchased through The Flower Barn.


  1. Raymond Joseph Hoelscher III on July 21, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Dear Michelle, Michael, and Holly………………………………I cannot think of nicer people in the world as your parents’ were. your mother was an absolute gem and the most beautiful human being on the earth that I can think of. Her passing comes as an absolute shock to me. As life goes though, we think that all of us are going to be around forever. I know I thought that of my parents”. They leave their mark on us though. I don’t know what I would have done without your dad helping us in the store on Delavan and your mom taking me in for those two weeks she did when I had no place to go. I cannot thank you all enough! Our parents’ were friends for years. I can see now why. I don’t think I will be able to attend though. I am without a car now. I rent a car now and then but they need head notice and this comes so sudden. Living at Brothers of Mercy Senior apartments #208 10500 Bergtold Road Clarence, N.Y. 14031. phone numbers: (716) 580-0794+(716) 580-0855. If you want to pick me up to attend that would be okay with me too. However, this is so sudden. Please give my regards to Lou and Ken from the country and tell them all I miss them so much and all the people from the country so much and I love them all. They broke the mold on your mother and my mother. They just don’t make people like that anymore! Clarence is so different out here. A lot of people out here with money trying to impress people with their money and who they think they know. Give me the good old people from the country who were commoners like Lou and Ken and your mom and dad, No wonders my dad liked the country so much. Thinking of moving to Springville. I am with HUD right now. I get my SSI and Social Security and food stamps and I do okay enough to survive. Those apartments in Springville though are listed with HUD. Please feel free to call me if you need to talk, It’s an end of an era and the great people of this nation the went with it……………………………………………………………….Love you all! RAYMOND JOSEPH HOELSCHER III

  2. Raymond Joseph Hoelscher III on July 22, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Dear Michelle, Michael, and Holly………………………..Sorry I could make your mom’s wake. I am without a car. Lost it between job’s Not enough hours. Can’t say enough about your parent’s what great people they were. It is an end of an era of the greatest generation. We have some tough shoes to fill. Your mom was an absolute angel. I know when I had no place to stay there in 2012, she let me stay at your house for a couple of weeks. I never forgot her kindness. That was before I got my own apartment. Better day’s our coming. That is what I tell myself all the time. I am on SSI, Social Security, and food stamps, but I am living and surviving. I am pulling myself out of the hole of my last job yet that put me in the hole. I don’t know what my parent’s would have done without the help of your parent’s down through the years, but I guess that is what people who are close friends do for each other. Please tell Lou and Ken and the gang from Ellicottville that I miss them and that when I get my car possibly in the fall I will come visit them. Living; at Brothers of Mercy Senior apartment’s, 10500 Bergtold Road apt#208. phone #”s (716) 580-0794 + (716) 580-0855. People are different out here. They are not really like country people. I miss you all and love you all, your family really knows what life is all about……………………………Raymond Joseph Hoelscher III

  3. Tom and Mary Beth Lee on July 22, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Katy was such a sweet lady and awesome neighbor. We had many conversations in the back yard over the years, usually when we were both tired of gardening. She shared many stories of living there when she and Wally were a young couple. I would have loved to have been her neighbor then. I think they had a lot of fun!! She always asked about my kids and how they were. She loved when they had friends over and had the music going. She always said the neighborhood was too quiet for her! She was very young at heart. She often spoke about her kids, grandkids and all those great-grandkids who she loved so much. She always had an extra kind word for her grandson Jessy whose company she enjoyed so much. Rest in peace Katy. We miss you already.

  4. Gary and Molly Brown on July 25, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Mike, Michelle, Holly and the Kamm family, So very sorry to hear about Aunt Katie. Our thoughts are with you. We have fond memories of her and the many parties and reunions we shared. Many happy memories of her life console you during this sad time. Gary and Molly

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