Date of Birth November 19, 1937
Date Deceased March 31, 2023
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date April 4, 2023
Service Time 10 a.m.
Service Location St. Ann's Church, Hornell
Interment Location St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Fremont

Kathryn I. “Kay” Wall

HORNELL-Kathryn I. “Kay” Wall, 85, formerly of Glen Avenue, passed away Friday afternoon (March 31, 2023) at the home of her daughter, Monica in Avoca, NY.

Born in Hornell on Nov. 19, 1937, she was the daughter of the late George and Irene (Davis) Dean. On Aug. 22, 1959 she was married at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell to James R. Wall, who predeceased her on Jan. 13, 2008, after 49 years of marriage. Besides her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by a grandson, Zachary Wall and her grandmother, Kathryn Davis.

A resident of Hornell and Canisteo for most of her life, Kay was a graduate of Hornell High School and received an associate’s degree from Alfred State College.

Before her marriage, she was employed by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) in Hornell and was later employed as a switchboard operator at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell and retired from the Hornell City School District where she was employed as a teacher’s aide and secretary. After retiring she dedicated her life to being a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

A devout Catholic, Kay was an active member of St. Ann’s Church of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Hornell where she was a member of the choirs, taught religious education classes (CCD), a member of the Adoration Chapel and a longtime member of the prayer chain and participated in bible study.

Throughout the years she was a Cub Scout leader and Girl Scout leader. Kay especially enjoyed gardening and watching birds and was a member of the Cornell Ornithology Club.

She is lovingly survived by six children, Rev. Gus Wall, SVD, Provincial of Bay St. Louis, MS,  Peter (Lisa) Wall of Canisteo, NY, Thomas Wall of Hornell, Mary (David) Lindeman of Fairport, NY, Monica (Shane) Ogorzalek of Avoca, NY and Andrew (Kate) Wall of Hornell;  18 grandchildren, Katie (Jen) Bowie, Nick Wall (Kevin Reilly), Olivia (Nate) Palmer, Matt (Brandi) Wall, Jedidiah Wall, Benjamin (Shawna) Wall, Alexander (Nicole) Wall, Cecilia Wall, Adam (Kali) Lindeman, Ashley Lindeman (fiancé Pete VanCamp), Vincent Capluzzi, Joseph Capluzzi, Reaghan Ogorzalek, Alaina Ogorzalek, Krystian Ogorzalek, Zoe Balinsky, Emelia Wall and James Wall; 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother, David Dean.

To honor her wishes there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to join her family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave. Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by her son, Rev. Gus Wall at 10 a.m. Tuesday (April 4, 2023). Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to either St. Ann’s Church of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell, NY 14843 or CareFirst Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the church.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to assist Kay’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Kay are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.


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5 Responses

  1. My sincere condolences to all the Walls. Each one of you were so lovingly devoted to your mom’s care and well-being throughout these difficult years. May you find consolation, peace of mind and a lot of gratitude for the great parents and family life you all enjoyed!

  2. My heartfelt condolences to Fr. Gus and all the members of the Wall family on the loss of your beloved mother.

  3. I enjoyed working with Kay, found her to be refreshingly honest, but also very kind. My sympathies to the family!

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