Kathryn Stryker McGuire
Oct. 15, 1919 – March 13, 2014
Kathryn Stryker McGuire, 94, passed away on March 13. Most recently, she was a resident of Chapel Hill, N.C., but had lived in Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, New Jersey, the Dominican Republic and Italy.
Born in Princeton, she grew up in Mercerville, N.J., trained to become a registered nurse at Mercer General Hospital, and became a US Army Nurse and Lieutenant in 1943, serving aboard the US Army Hospital Ship Algonquin in North Africa, Italy and France until 1945. She met her husband, the late Hackett McGuire, while they both were in the New York City area preparing to ship out to Europe during World WAR II. Meeting in various locations where the hospital ship and the infantry would cross in the Mediterranean area, they became engaged, eventually married in Naples, and lived in Italy during the occupation. They subsequently moved to the New York City metropolitan area, then the Dominican Republic, and back to New Jersey, New York City, Long Island and Florida before Mr. McGuire’s death in 1991. Most recently, Mrs. McGuire had lived in Gibsonia, Pa., and Chapel Hill, N.C.
In addition to being a veteran, Mrs. McGuire had been a nurse in the New York metropolitan area for many years before teaching licensed practical nursing on Long Island for more than a decade.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Rev. William and Mrs. Claire Stryker of Las Vegas, Nev., as well as her three sons and their wives, 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren:
Stryker and Julith McGuire of Barnes, London, England, with grandchildren Shayne and Winnie McGuire of Austin and their children Anna and Allan; Drakos and Erin McGuire of Grapevine, Texas, and William McGuire of London;
Lyle and Mary Pat McGuire of Durham, N.C., with grandchildren David and Charis McGuire of Boca Raton , Fla., and their children Jonathan, Faith and Christian; and Marissa and Todd Detrick of Lake Worth, Fla., and their children Isabella, Reilly and Jacob;
and Clarke and Annette McGuire of Omaha, Neb., with grandchildren Cameron, Marcella and Darren.
A memorial service is being planned for Mrs. McGuire later this year at the family’s plot in the Kingston (N.J.) Presbyterian Church Cemetery.