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Kathleen Gene Engels

November 8, 1943 July 7, 2019
Kathleen Gene Engels
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Obituary for Kathleen Gene Engels

Kathleen G. Engels, 75, of Sanford, NC passed away peacefully at home with family on July 7, 2019. Kathleen was originally from Queens, NY, where she met Richard Engels, her beloved husband of 53 years. Together they raised their family in Carmel, NY, and relocated to West Bloomfield, MI before retiring to NC. Kathleen is also survived by their three children: Jennifer Spector (Neil), Richelle Collazo, and Michael Engels (Jennifer), and six grandchildren, Kevin, Jason, Ryan, Macie, Tyler, and Maddy.

Kathleen had two passions in life: her love of family and painting. She was a homemaker in the truest sense of the word. From having a special meal on the table when you arrived, to orchestrating the most magical Christmas you can imagine, Kathleen made any place she was feel like home. She always said that the most rewarding thing she had ever done, and was most proud of, was bringing up her children. She drew great satisfaction from seeing what kind, capable, and accomplished adults all three have become.

Kathleen was a talented artist who especially loved painting in watercolors and acrylics. Her favorite subjects were flowers and beautiful old barns. She also painted pictures of friends’ houses. As a person whose favorite place to be was home, she enjoyed creating a lasting memory of a special place in a family’s history.

The one place other than home that Kathleen loved to be was the beach, especially with her grandchildren when they were very young, playing ball and building sandcastles.

Kathleen faced health challenges involving chronic pain for several decades, and rarely complained. One month before passing, she learned that there were no other medical treatment options available and entered hospice care. She spent that time trying to make her passing as easy as possible on her family, organizing her belongings, passing down special jewelry and paintings to her children, and writing notes to friends. She expressed extreme gratitude for her life and family. She spent time reminiscing, laughing, and toasting a life well-lived. Kathleen taught us all that even in the hardest times imaginable, finding the joy and gratitude in a blessed life is cause for celebration.

Kathleen is loved “To the Moon and Back” (from a favorite children’s book, Guess How Much I Love You), and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

A memorial service will be held 10AM, Saturday, July, 20th 2019 at the Miller-Boles Funeral Home Chapel in Sanford.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Checks may be made payable to UNC Lineberger with Kathleen Engels name in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to the address below.
UNC Medicine Development
Attn: UNC Lineberger
PO Box 1050
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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10:00 AM 7/20/2019 10:00:00 AM
Miller-Boles Funeral Home Chapel

1150 Fire Tower Road
Sanford, NC 27330

Miller-Boles Funeral Home Chapel
1150 Fire Tower Road Sanford 27330 NC
United States

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