Kathleen Anne Crawford, age 72 of Cambridge Springs, PA passed away at Wesbury in Meadville, PA on Thursday, October 20, 2022, after a four-year battle with dementia and cancer. Kathleen was born in Albany, NY on November 2, 1949. She was the daughter of the late John Joseph Ray and Florence Irene (McCloskey) Ray of Castleton-on-Hudson, NY. On July 10, 1971, she married William Thomas Crawford, also of Castleton, NY. In 1971, Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY in Music Education. She taught music at Butler Catholic in Butler, PA in the 1980’s. After moving to Cambridge Springs in 1986, she became the music teacher at Maplewood Elementary School. She taught there for 19 years retiring in 2008. She especially enjoyed playing the piano. For several years she accompanied the Saegertown High School Chorus and played in the orchestra for many productions of the French Creek Community Theater. She also served as the musician for St. Anthony’s Church in Cambridge Springs.
She is survived by her husband, William T. Crawford of Cambridge Springs, whom she met in kindergarten; son Peter A. Crawford and his wife, Andrea M. Cerio of Woburn, MA and their children Joseph and Charles; daughter Amy Elizabeth Engquist and her husband, Jeremy D. Engquist of Jamestown, NY and their children Anna, Ryan, Erin, and Lauren; and daughter Abigail Jean Gilmore and her husband Thomas M. Gilmore of Wattsburg, PA and their children Michael and Elizabeth.
Kathleen was always proud to announce that she had seven brothers, all younger than she. Her brothers are John J. Ray and his wife Meg Benke of Saratoga Springs, NY; Vincent A. Ray of Brisbane Australia; Martin G. Ray of Castleton-on-Hudson, NY; Richard W. (Willy) Ray of Albany, NY; James P. Ray and his wife Ann of South Windsor, CT; Daniel A. Ray of Castleton, NY and the late Robert T. Ray.
Friends are invited to visit the family at Van Matre Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 1 to 4 PM. A prayer service will follow with Rev. Fr. Mark Nowak of St. Anthony of Padua officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cambridge Springs Public Library 158 McClellan St. Cambridge Springs, PA 16403 (www.cambridge.ccfls.org.)