Kathryn passed away peacefully at home on September 11, 2021 after battling carcinoid tumors for several years. She was 91 years old.
Kathryn was born in Irvington NJ to Julius and Kathe Druetzler. She weighed 2 ½ lbs at birth. The first month of her life she was fed with an eye dropper, wrapped in cotton and laid in a cigar box on top of the radiator to keep warm. She lived in Parsippany before moving to Whippany in l942. She graduated from Morristown High School in 1948 and from Berkeley Secretarial School in 1949. She worked at Bell Labs in Whippany as Executive Secretary for the Director of the Nike-Zeus guided missile system until 1964, when she left to start a family. She returned to Bell Labs in 1982 and retired from the Purchasing Department in 1990.
She has been an active member of the Hanover Township Senior Citizens Club since 1990 holding several offices and serving on various committees, most recently the travel committee. She made name tags for new seniors for many years. To commemorate 30 years of service, the Seniors gave her a beautiful desk clock that she treasured. She was a Life Member of the AT&T Pioneers, a member of The Red Hattitudes of Wharton, Morris Area Chapter #3948 AARP, and the Bagel Ladies. She was a member of a neighborhood bridge club for many years. She enjoyed going out with her friends and trying new things.
Kathryn had a great sense of adventure and loved to travel. She sailed on the first four Queens of the Cunard line, the first being in 1951 on the Queen Elizabeth to visit her grandmother in Germany. She rode in a hot air balloon and on a camel in Australia. She flew home from England on the Concorde on one of her trips, and over Antarctica on another. When she could no longer fly she enjoyed the many times her daughter took her to Atlantic City. Video poker and an espresso martini were her favorites!
Kathryn Drive in Whippany was named after her by her father who built many houses in the area. Kathryn loved spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her husband Richard D. Ullrich in 1988. She is survived by her daughter Elaine of Whippany, her son Richard C, his wife JoAnn, granddaughter April of Chester, and her brother Frank Druetzler of Morris Plains.