Obituary of Joan Kahler
On December 27, 2017 Joan Kimberly Kahler age 87 died at St. Joseph's hospital with her daughter Dr. Kimberly Kahler Newton by her side. Prior to relocating to Syracuse 2 ½ years ago to be close to her only child, Joan was a lifetime resident of Rome, NY.
Born on January 13, 1930 to Walter and Eleanor Hughes Kimberly, Joan was raised in Stanwix and was Salutatorian of Oriskany Central School Class of 1946. She took a year of post graduate courses at Rome Free Academy prior to enrolling at Stratford Junior College in Virginia where she graduated as Salutatorian in 1949. She then earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Syracuse University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1951, the first person in her family to earn college degrees.
Joan was a reporter at the Rome Daily Sentinel for 38 years. She started when the majority of reporters were "newspaper men" who wore fedoras and kept the air in the newsroom foggy with cigarette smoke. Women reporters were rare in those days and were often assigned Society and Women's editor positions, and while Joan was Women's Editor at one point, her talents were recognized and she also had the education beat. She was also an award- winning feature writer, earning an Associated Press award for her interview of Paul Harvey which she wrote in the distinctive style of his radio copy. Page 2. Her young daughter thought her mother was Brenda Starr! She was listed in Who's Who in American Women in the 1970s.
She married Richard F. "Dick" Kahler on September 18, 1954 and they were married just shy of 60 years as Dick died July 27, 2014. Both were very active and community minded. They were members of Rotary International, where Joan was named a Paul Harris Fellow. In addition, at various times in her life, Joan was a member and past President of The Wednesday Morning Club, ZONTA, American Association of University Women, Rome Twigs, Literature Group, and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was a Literacy and Hospice volunteer and served on the boards of The Rome Home, Rome Hospital, Foothills Girl Scout Council, and Oneida County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. She and Dick were also very active during their retirement years with the Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement(MVILR), always taking classes to improve their minds and broaden their interests.
For over 25 years during their retirement the Kahlers enjoyed a few months each year at their condo in Clearwater, FL where they maintained their attendance at Rotary and Joan found a local Lit Group to join. Joan was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rome and a member of Circle.
In addition to being survived by her daughter, she is survived by her sister-in-law Kay Kimberly of Cicero, her uncle and aunt Willie and Joanie Hughes and their family, and several nieces and nephews and their families.
She was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, her brother William M. Kimberly, her sister and her husband Nancy K. and Burt Sharron, her former brother-in-law John Lee, her aunt and uncle Ruth and Dr. Alphonse Delmonico, her uncle Herman Hughes, her aunt Hedy Hughes, and her former son-in-law Dr. Leonard J. Newton.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday March 24, 2018 at 11:00AM at the First Presbyterian Church, 108 W. Court St., Rome, NY.
Contributions in Joan's name can be made to the Jervis Public Library or First Presbyterian Church, Rome.