Andrew W. Kahl
September 25, 1930 - October 14, 2012
Andrew W. Kahl, 82, passed away Sunday (Oct. 14, 2012) at Highland Health Care Center, surrounded by family.
Mr. Kahl was born on Sept. 25, 1930 in Queens to William and Ida Mae (Stevens) Kahl. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1951-55. On May 2, 1953, in Valley Stream, he married Gloria R. Wolfson, who survives.
Andy worked as a sheet metal worker for the Sheet Metal Workers Local 28 for 20 years until his retirement in 1975. Along with his wife, they operated for many years The Back Porch, where they crafted stained glass, and The Nesting Place, a bed and breakfast in Vermont.
In addition to his wife of 59 years, Andy is survived by three daughters, Heidi (Joe) McMenamin of Hallstead, Penn., Jennifer (Robert) Goodman of Pottsville, Penn. and Melanie (Dave) Thorp of Andover; two sisters, Beatrice (George) O’Brien of Cohocton and Norma Holley of Wayland; a daughter-in-law, Gayle Kahl of Northport; 5 grandchildren, Andrew Kahl, Matthew Kahl, Samantha Kahl, Tammy Golish and Bridget Helveston; 3 great grandchildren, Miranda Golish, Bradley Golish and Maggie Helveston; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a son, Michael Kahl and two brothers, Dr. Paul Kahl and Frank Kahl.
Andy was a golf enthusiast. He was a member and past president of Andover Lions Club, where he was Lion of the Year in 2006. Always passionate about Andover’s youth, he was instrumental in getting the eye screening program started. While living on Long Island, Andy served as head of the building committee of the East Northport United Methodist Church.
Andy loved his family dearly and was known as “Poppy” to his grandchildren. He affectionately boasted to any and all that he married the girl of his dreams.
His encouraging words, gentle nature and spontaneous sense of humor helped his family and friends to get through many difficult times.
Andy welcomed each day and embraced life with zest.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. at the Kahl residence, 28 Dyke St. in Andover. The memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the home immediately following the visitation where full military honors will be rendered. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery at a private family service.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.
Memorial contributions in Andy’s name may be made to Allegany County Cancer Services, 100 South Highland Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895 or SPCA Serving Allegany County, 1374 SR 19, Wellsville, NY 14895.