Obituary of Kathleen Vander Eyk
Kathleen (Iffland, Jewiss) Vander Eyk, 81, of Prospect, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on December 23, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was the loving wife of the late Louis Vander Eyk for over 24 years.
She was born in Torrington on November 3, 1936 to Earl, Sr. and Daisy (Exner) Iffland. Prior to her retirement, she worked at the Chesprocott Health District and was the longtime Republican Registrar of Voters in Prospect. Kathy spent years shuffling her five kids to baseball, golf, ballet, and gymnastics. She was the main caregiver for her parents and brother Jack for more than 30 years. She loved music, cats, books, and gardening, especially berries and dahlias, and was an intrepid traveler. At her husband Louis’ side, she was a dynamic presence at Masonic events near and far. She was a member of the Board of Directors and part owner of Iffland Lumber Company, Torrington.
She is survived by her children: Gwen Jewiss and her daughter Annabella of Austin, TX; Greg Jewiss and Gloria Hurtuk of Watertown; Virginia Jewiss of Rome, Italy; Jennifer Jewiss and husband Jared Katz of Richmond, VT; and Daniel Jewiss and his daughter Brianna of Waterbury. She also leaves a twin brother Thomas Iffland and wife Doramae of Torrington, and a sister Betty “Hippy” of OH. She also leaves James Vander Eyk and wife Joan of FL, and Nancy-Lou Vander Eyk and Matthew Vander Eyk of Prospect. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her first husband Donald Jewiss, her brother Jack, and her sister “Fuzzy.”
The funeral will be at 11 am on Friday, December 29, 2017 at the Prospect Congregational Church, 25 Center Street, Prospect. Friends and family are asked to meet directly at the church. Burial will follow at Prospect Cemetery, Prospect. Calling hours are from 4-7 pm on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at the Prospect Memorial Funeral Home, 72 Waterbury Road, Prospect.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Volunteer Fire Department of Prospect, 26 New Haven Road, Prospect, CT 06712.