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Maude Rutherford Kahrs

December 8, 1930 — October 12, 2022

Phoenix, Arizona formerly of Garrison


Maude Rutherford Kahrs (91), died peacefully in her sleep at her residence in Phoenix, Arizona in the early hours of October 12th 2022.  

                Maude was born Violet Maude Rutherford, oldest child of dairy farmers, Effie Bellus and William Bennett Rutherford of Madrid, N.Y. on December 8, 1930.  She was elder sister to brother Thomas Charles Rutherford (deceased) and sister, Arlene Mary Rutherford Bliven of Tucson, Arizona.  

                Maude graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education from SUNY Potsdam in 1952.  On December 27th the same year she married her husband of 52 years, Herman Kahrs of Pomona, N.Y.

                Growing up on a farm had made Maude want to experience bigger things in life. Maude became an avid homemaker and she excelled at it.  Her early life as a farmgirl had unforeseen benefits when it came to creating a home for her family.  Maude braided rugs, hand quilted quilts, embroidered linens and sewed drapery and pillows.  She dry-laid stone walls, cut hair, baked pastry, tapped sugar maples and boiled the sap down for maple syrup.  She refinished furniture, doctored injuries, reupholstered antiques. She stripped wallpaper and put it up.  A slow day might include gardening, canning and mowing the lower field on the riding mower. Watching her work could make a teamster need to lie down.

                Both Maude and Herman loved to entertain.  The holiday dinners were remarkable feats of culinary planning and preparation. It was their way of showing family and friends how important they were to them.

                Maude’s husband, Herman was the devoted love of her life and partner in crime.  Herman owned The Platzl Brauhaus, a family catering restaurant. Maude helped out at the restaurant whenever she could. They met on a blind date through Maude’s roommate at Potsdam, Nancy Jacobsen.  Together they built a family of 2 boys and 2 girls, 6 homes; 3 built, 3 bought, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters and a life together of ups and downs, some hardships with much love and caring for each other.

                Maude is survived by her loving family; sister, Arlene Bliven, sisters-in-law, Marie Rutherford & Helen Kahrs, children; Susan Kahrs & Irene Senger, Stephen & Karen Kahrs, Eric Kahrs & Arlene Green-Kahrs, Kristine Kahrs-Pellegrini & Sandro Pellegrini.  Grandchildren; Shay Kahrs, Alyssa Kahrs & Jenn Kahrs, Ceilidh (Kay) Kahrs and Thomas Pellegrini. Nieces; Cathy Kiser, Margot Bliven and Lee Kahrs.  Nephews: Matthew Bliven, Adam Bliven, Larry Kahrs, John Kahrs, James Rutherford and William Rutherford and their respective families.

                A graveside service will be held on Thursday October 20, 2022 at 12:00pm at Cold Spring Cemetery.

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