Our beloved sister, Amy Kwasnowski, passed away on February 12, 2021 at the age of 52 in Los Angeles, CA.
Daughter of Rosemary and Henry, Amy was one of eight children; Ellen (Collins), David, Michael, James, Laurie (Miller), Meg (Latour) and Lisa.
She grew up in Kingston, NY where she was a passionate member of the St. Josephs choir as well as an avid participant in Special Olympics and The ARC Mid-Hudson. She moved to California in the late 90s.
Amy enjoyed traveling and would charm everyone she met, especially during her many family visits to Cape Cod. She was often accompanied with her guardian travel angel who looked out for her throughout her many solo cross-country journeys. "The Eagle has landed!" was always a sweet refrain to shout as it signaled another successful Amy touchdown and reunion.
Amy not only charmed people, she inspired people. Even if you met Amy only once, you can consider yourself blessed. She taught everyone how to be more patient and kind. And that smile . . .an Amy hug and a smile could sustain oneself for days.
Loving Amy was contagious. And she took it all in and returned it ten times over. Amy had the all-around game --She knew how to love and how to be loved. And the laughter, another Amy contribution to the betterment of all. Her high-pitched guffaw was authentic, pure, and nourishing.
The strength of Amy was a source of admiration for many. Her life could be difficult at times, but she handled the hurdles with grace, dignity, and a fair bit of moxie when needed. Her family was the source of this initial strength, but Amy was truly a marvel of endurance and good cheer. Amy was an active member of the family and never was shy about sharing her thoughts while participating in family events. Her opinion mattered and ignoring it was at one's own peril, as Amy would often designate a "favorite nephew" or "favorite brother-in-law" depending upon her mood.
Amy was a godsend. A sweet gift from above whose penchant for Lane Bryant fashion stymied their bankruptcy for years. But she can go home now, her work is done here on this Earth and her eternal reward is ahead of her. Her memories will endure as will the laughter and kindness she provided everyone. Thank you, Amy, and may you rest in the warmth of all who have preceded you.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 10am on Saturday June 4, 2022 at St. Catherine RC Church, 200 Tuyten Bridge Road, Lake Katrine, NY. Inurnment will follow in Hurley Cemetery, Hurley NY. Memorial donations may be made in Amy's name to Elwyn Foundation, 111 Elwyn Road, Elwyn, PA 19063. elwyn.org A tribute for Amy can be found at www.KeyserFuneralService.com, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family