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Kathleen Connell Turner

May 19, 1946 ~ February 4, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Kathleen Turner Obituary

Kathleen Connell Turner passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2024, in Wheaton, IL.  She was 77. She died of heart failure after suffering from dementia for several years.

Born on May 19, 1946, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to John and Joan Connell, Kathleen later moved to Floral Park, N.Y., where she grew up with her two sisters, Barbara and Patricia. In 1964, she graduated from Sewanhaka High School. She received her B.A. from St. John’s University in New York in 1968 and her Master's in Education from Queens College, City University of New York in 1970. She was an elementary school teacher in both New York City and Long Island and then moved into corporate training at Citibank. Later in her career, Kathleen moved with her family to Huntington, N.Y., where she worked as a teacher’s assistant in the Huntington Union Free School District.

Kathleen was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister.  She married William “Bill” Turner in August 1972, who preceded her in death in 2009. She is survived by her two children, Craig Turner and Caroline Turner; her daughter-in-law Farrell Turner and son-in-law Ian Shapira; her six grandchildren, Hank, Bill, Mary Gayle, Charlie, Margot, and Hilary; her youngest sister Patricia Aubert and brother-in-law Kevin Maxwell, and her niece Anne Richardson. Kathleen was predeceased in October 2023 by her younger sister Barbara Richardson, who died at the age of 75.

Kathleen will be remembered for her love and dedication to her family and friends. She was a kind woman who enjoyed murder mysteries, current events, and the New York Times crossword puzzle. She was always cheering on from the sidelines at her children’s high school games, “Go, Fight, Win, my little honeys.” 

She and her late husband were always welcoming to friends and family and happy to host a team pasta party, a play party, or a graduation party.

Although Kathleen would often joke, “In a crisis, I do what I do best…panic,” in reality, she was a rock for all who needed her.  

She saw through situations with an astute perception that allowed her to give the best advice. Her pearls of wisdom continue to be shared with the next generation. A few favorites include her views on keeping things in perspective. “Don’t slice the baloney too thin,” she’d say. On being open to different life paths, she liked the expression, “There are lots of ways to skin the cat.” And finally, “When all else fails, read the directions.”  

She will be remembered for the many moments that brought her family joy. She liked dancing the Lindy Hop with her husband in the kitchen, sitting on the beach in the town of Montauk, N.Y. at dusk in her winter coat, making Christmas cookies with her children, and singing “A Bushel and a Peck” with her grandchildren on her lap.  

The family will host a private memorial at Calverton National Cemetary in May.

Instead of flowers, donations can be made to Long Island Cares, a food bank in Long Island, NY.  Online at or by mail, 10 Davids Drive Hauppauge, NY 11788-2039

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Private Committal

Calverton National Cemetery
210 Princeton Blvd
Wading River, NY 11792


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