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Catherine Joy (Kinneer) Koontz

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“Joy and Jim and their family will be remembered in our prayers. Joy will be missed. ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: Joe & Cindy Phelan - Keene, NH

“A special friend ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Dorothy Arwe - hilton head, SC

“I knew Joy as a client at European Esthetics in Peterborough,NH where I worked as the Receptionist. We became friendly when we realized we both had...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Lynne Way - Peterborouh, NH

“Dear Jim and family - We are so sorry to learn of Joy's passing and extend our most heartfelt sympathy to you all. Always a woman of poise, grace,...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Samantha Wilhelm - Keene, NH

“My prayers are with you. Joy offered much and her smile brightened the world. ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Stavely - Keene, NH

“It is with great sadness that we found out today of Joy's passing. She was a very kind beautiful person that we will always remember. Jim, so sorry...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Bill and Maryann Lauterbach - NH

“Dearest Joy The news of your passing strikes as unreal. It is in such contrast to your beautiful personality and joyful spirit. Thank you for your...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Ann Langenakens Brussels, Belgium

“We are so saddened to learn of Joy's passing. Thoughts of Joy and make us smile. Joy was a beautiful and kind woman. She was always supportive and...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Barbara Berntsen - Swanzey, NH

“Joy was one of the nicest persons I had the pleasure of meeting while working at the Thorne Sagendorph Art gallery at Keene State college. She was an...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Maureen Ahern - Dubln, NH

“I cant really express how sad I am to hear about Joy. I will cherish the hugs and kind words we shared before you departed for Boston forever....Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Heather Schlerf - Keene, NH

“We are very sorry to hear of Joy's passing. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Jeanette Uhlig - Rindge, NH

“On one of our trips from Palm Springs we ended up taking down 900 feet oftrees on our return flight, landing in Hartford Con. The paper said we...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Richard Whipple - keene, NH

“Pat & I traveled with Jim & Joy too Europe & many different states in the us. Joy will be missed by all who new or came in contact with her. GREAT...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Richaard,& Pat Whipple - Keene, NH

“To our beloved and unforgettable Joy, Elegant, smart, joyful, sweet, tender, affectionate Joy,She made me discover and love America in 1973...I was...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Anne ARNOULD - PARIS

“joy and Jim were always so kind to me, both as a child and as an adult. In recent years, I would Stop up for a drink when in Keene with my partner,...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Elayne Tobin - Friend

“It is with much sadden heart that this moment has been placed upon us and we, our Entire Family convey to the Koontz Family our deepest love and...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Charles, Jeffrey, Kimberly, Kevin, & Eric Elliott - PA

“Dear Koontz Family,My heart and prayers are with you all. I am grateful I was included in so many fun and festive Koontz family dinners and outings. ...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Sally Vail - Boston, MA - Friend

“It is with much sadden heart that this moment has been placed upon us and we, our Entire Family convey to the Koontz Family our deepest love and...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Charles, Jeffrey, Kimberly, Kevin, & Eric Elliott - PA

“Oh my heart is heavy for the entire Koontz family, hugs and love to you all at this very difficult time. I was so pleased I got to visit with Joy...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Katie Hinderliter - Winter Park, FL

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


The pillar of our family, Catherine Joy Koontz (nee Kinneer) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Joy, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, was the second of three daughters born to Fredrick Marion and Kathryn (Donoghue) Kinneer of Dayton, Ohio.
Born in Murray City, Ohio on June 28, 1935, she spent much of her childhood in the rolling hills and woodlands of southeastern Ohio, before her father, a WWI veteran, and family moved to Dayton, Ohio. Her father worked as a B-1 bomb-site mechanic at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base until his untimely death in 1960.

Joy met the love of her life, her husband of nearly 63 years, James L Koontz, in high school. They both graduated from Patterson Cooperative High School in 1953. Joy was the valedictorian of her class. While in school Joy worked as a model for Rikes Department Store in Dayton. After graduation she worked at GMAC as an executive secretary until the birth of her first child. She is survived by her husband, James L Koontz, former CEO, Kingsbury Corporation in Keene, NH and her four children who were the focus of her life; Mark Lehman Koontz, Jill Ann Koontz, Jennifer Leigh Duff (and husband Thomas Duff) and Bradley James Koontz (and wife Tomo Koontz).

Joy has 6 grandchildren who were the light of her life; James Francois Koontz, Thomas Albert Duff, Emmaline Elizabeth Duff, Noel Barrett Duff, Sophie Joy Duff and Isamu Lehman Koontz. She was predeceased by her adored sisters Eunice Ann Kinneer Langley (and Joseph Langley) and Jenny Grace Kinneer Elliott and further survived by her sister Jenny's husband, Charles "Ron" Elliott and her sister's children; Timothy Langley and his wife Molly, Michelle Langley Burneka and her husband Charles, Jeffrey Elliott and his wife Lori, Kim Elliott Johnson and her husband Larry, Kevin Elliott and his wife Brigid, Eric Elliott and his wife Terri. Joy loved her family and her family will miss her dearly.

Joy had a lifelong passion for the arts; music, theater and art. She also loved to learn and share what she learned with others. In the late 1970's she founded the F.A.C.T.S. (Famous Artists Come to School) program in Birmingham, Michigan where she and Jim lived at the time. She introduced the program to the Keene Public Schools when they moved to New Hampshire in 1979. Joy also served on the board of the following organizations for many years: Dublin School, (Dublin NH), Thorne-Sagendorph Art Museum, Colonial Theater, Kingsbury Fund and Prospect-Woodward Home (all in Keene, NH).
Joy and Jim also loved to travel, on their own or with their dear friends. Together they traveled to every continent. Joy's favorite place to visit was Paris, France.

There was a graveside service and burial at St. Patrick's Cemetery, 120 Elm St, Stoneham, Massachusetts on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 10:00AM at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose, MA 02176 and will continue at Bellevue Country Club, 320 Porter St. Melrose on Saturday following St. Mary's Church from 12:00pm - 4:00PM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.