Kathleen Marie Lohrey, 74, of Pompton Plains, died Friday, November 19, 2021.
Born in Jersey City, Kathleen was raised in West Milford, and was a graduate of West Milford High School. A few years after graduating, she married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Lohrey. The couple settled in Pompton Plains and started their family.
Ken was deployed with the U.S. Armed Services to Vietnam in the late 1960s, and while he was overseas, Kathleen gave birth to their first child, Jennifer. A son, Jason, completed their family a few years later.
While raising her small children, Kathleen earned her B.A. in Social Work from William Paterson University, and immediately earned employment with the State of New Jersey. A talented, capable and hardworking woman, she rose through the ranks, retiring in 2005 as the Director of Passaic County Medicaid.
Kathleen was determined to travel the world in retirement, and she was able to enjoy many trips to Europe in the years after she completed her tenure with Passaic County. Vacations to Ireland and Italy were fondly remembered, but a trip to France --- where she was mugged, but then got to confront her mugger the next day and give him a good talking to -- was legendary.
Kathleen was a fierce woman, strongly willed and independent. She had a great appreciation for the arts, and always enjoyed day trips to New York City, visiting its famous shows and museums. She was a good friend and neighbor, and was deeply loved by her family, her friends, and extended family.
She is lovingly survived by her daughter, Jennifer Carmean and her husband, Robert; her son, Jason Lohrey; and her grandchildren, Max, Danny and Shealyn. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth F. Lohrey, in 2001.
Visiting hours will be Monday from 4-7 pm at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held 10:30 am Tuesday, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the First Reformed Church Cemetery, Pompton Plains.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where Kathleen volunteered her time, would be greatly appreciated by her family.