Friday, September 22, 2017 Elyria 67°


Kathryn M. Farnsworth

Kathryn M. Farnsworth (nee Micklewright), 90, of Oberlin, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Kendal at Oberlin. Born in Omaha, Nebraska on April 22, 1923, she was raised in Elgin, Illinois and was a longtime resident of Englewood, New Jersey. She moved to Oberlin in 1993 as a founding member of Kendal at Oberlin.

Kathryn was a 1944 graduate of Oberlin College and in 1975 received a Masters degree in Library Science from Columbia University. She taught kindergarten, was a children’s librarian, and was a professional storyteller. She taught storytelling at Bank Street College in New York and Rutgers University; founded the storytelling program at Van Saun Park in Paramus, New Jersey and was a frequent storyteller at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park. She was a former member of First Presbyterian Church in Englewood, New Jersey and a member of First Church in Oberlin.

Kathryn is survived by her daughter, Ann E. Farnsworth (Pat) of Scarsdale, New York; sons, John E. Farnsworth (Fran) of Brewster, Massachusetts, William C. Farnsworth (Karen) of Melrose, Massachusetts and James R. Farnsworth (Sara) of Scarsdale, New York; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Charles E. Farnsworth in 2005; brother, Robert Micklewright; and sister, Elizabeth Micklewright Porter.

A memorial service for Kathryn will be held 10 A.M., Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Kendal at Oberlin. A memorial service will also be held in Englewood, New Jersey in the spring of 2014. Interment will be in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stevens Staff Education Fund, 600 Kendal Dr., Oberlin, OH 44074 or Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Inc.

For online condolences, visit

Click to view comments
To Top

Fetching stories…