On March 28, 2022 at the age of eighty-nine, Edith Woodruff Kunhardt of New York, NY died peacefully among family at her home.
Edie was born in Neuilly, France to her parents Emily Coolidge Woodruff and Harry Adsit Woodruff. Edie attended the Brearley School and Garrison Forest School, followed by two years at Bryn Mawr College. In 1952 she took a pause to marry Kenneth B. Kunhardt, Sr. and they started a family. After the marriage ended, Edie graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1977 and started her career as a second-grade teacher at the Chapin School in New York, NY. As a teacher, Edie touched the lives of scores of young girls for two decades, and her students adored her lively and humorous personality.
After retirement, Edie enjoyed travelling the world with her friends, children, and grandchildren, exercising her artistic eye with photography, particularly with the interest of observing the cultures of others. She enjoyed kayaking, picking blueberries and listening to loons at her beloved Squam Lake, as well as humming to classical music while tending to her flower garden in France. Fluent in French, Edie was a lifelong Francophile and full of joie de vivre.
Edie is survived by her four children, Kenneth Kunhardt, Jr. and his wife, Denise; Linda Kunhardt; Christopher Kunhardt; and Timothy Kunhardt and his wife, Jane; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Edie, or endearingly known as Mummy, Grand-Mummy, and Gahmy, was fiercely dedicated to her friends and family and lived her life as such. Independent, strong, and brave, Edie nurtured her homes which in turn fostered a very close-knit family. Edie’s zest was an amazing force, and her love of life and strong convictions left a lasting impression on all who knew and loved her.
A service in Edie’s memory will be offered at St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford, NY on Friday April 8, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., You are invited to share memories of Edie in an online guest book at www.clarkassociatesfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Squam Lakes Association in Holderness, NH. http://www.squamlakes.org/