In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
Obituary of Kendra Friedrich
Kendra Windsor Friedrich of Newport, Rhode Island, passed away on November 5, 2018 at the age of 73.
Kendra is predeceased by her devoted husband, Eugene William Friedrich, who died earlier this year.
She is survived by her daughter, Whitney Windsor Wolf; her sister, Sharman Faillaci; nephew, Tony Faillaci; step-children, Susan Friedrich, Belinda Friedrich and Scott Friedrich; one grandson and five step-grandchildren; and her beloved cousins, Ronnie, Marcia, Diane and Linda.
Born in White Plains, New York on April 23, 1945, to Benjamin Windsor Kaplan and Juliet Doris (Gruenwald) Kaplan, Kendra entered the workforce as a secretary after graduating from high school and worked for several prestigious engineering firms in New York City, one of which was where she would ultimately meet the love of her life, Eugene. They were married in 1979 and welcomed daughter, Whitney, to the world in Boston in 1982. Kendra would often joke that they “lived in the car” as their real estate business brought them back and forth between Boston and Newport, Rhode Island on a weekly - sometimes even daily - basis. Kendra and Eugene were the business and the business became their everything, though each year they still made time for events sponsored by The Preservation Society of Newport County, particularly the Newport Music Festival, Weekend of Coaching, and the Holiday Dinner Dance. Other fun annual highlights included the “Goose Off” each December, and more recently the “LobsterFest” each summer, both held at their home and thoroughly enjoyed by family members and the occasional guest.
Endearingly referred to as “Candy,” Kendra was known for her quick wit, sharp tongue, sky-high heels, profound generosity, and limitless ingenuity. An artist at heart, she enjoyed drawing, sewing, writing, dancing, and entertaining. Her imagination was unsurpassed, and her flawless penmanship never failed, even as her physical health did. She believed in the enduring value of a well-written thank-you note and that duct tape could fix anything. And as anyone who knew her can attest, Kendra deeply loved her dogs. Whitney was lucky to come in a close second to the five generations of Dobermans with whom she was raised: Noble, Sabre, Bismarck, Jumanji, and Sirius.
The funeral service and burial will be held graveside at the family plot on Barberry Path in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 17th. Arrangements will be handled by the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Doberman Rescue Unlimited, Inc., 52 Tenney Road, Sandown, NH 03873 or to Saint Philomena School, 324 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871.
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