HOLDEN, Mass. - Pauline (Fischer) Kightlinger, 82, formerly of Holden, died peacefully with her family at her bedside in McLean, Virginia, on the evening of October 4, 2012.
She is survived by her two children, Mark, of Lexington, KY, and Lisa, of McLean, VA, her son-in-law Robert Salmon, her nephew Paul Hess, and her beloved grandchildren, Christopher and Karolena. Her husband Fred preceded her in death on Valentine's Day in 2004 after 51 years of marriage.
Pauline was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania, on May 19, 1930, the daughter of Paul and Lena Fischer and the sister of Caroline F. Hess, all of whom preceded her in death.
Pauline graduated from Cranberry High School in 1948. She worked as a floral designer at Oakwood Rose Gardens, her father's business, before marrying Fred M. Kightlinger, also of Oil City, in 1952. For the next seven years, Fred's job at Riley Stoker Corporation took them to many parts of the country. She and Fred then made their home in Holden. For many years, Pauline's primary job was caring for her children, but she also served as a volunteer at the Worcester Art Museum and the Holden District Hospital, among other places. A
fter her children left the nest, Pauline obtained several degrees from Worcester State College where she worked in the Adult Education Department for more than a decade. In 1983, the Massachusetts Association of Adult and Continuing Education named her the Outstanding Adult Educator of the Year. Her final job was at State Mutual Insurance in Worcester where she worked in training and development.
She and Fred retired to Dennis, Massachusetts, where she became a very active member of the Dennis Union Church and served on several committees, including the Church Council and Social Concerns. She also worked as a volunteer for the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Hospice of Cape Cod, and other local organizations. For more than 15 years, she participated in the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Cape Cod Community College. She loved walking on the beach and she built many warm and lasting friendships on the Cape.
Gifts in her memory should be sent to the Dennis Union Church New Organ Fund, P.O. Box 2020, Dennis MA 02638.
A memorial service will be held in Dennis at a later date.