Kathie Andres dies; was known for her charitable work

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Katherine Duncan Andres, who was known for her volunteer and philanthropic work with Arlington Catholic Charities and other groups, died March 21 at her home in Warrenton. She was 79.

A funeral Mass was offered March 29 at St. Mary Church in Old Town Alexandria. Father James R. Gould was the celebrant. Interment followed immediately at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Andres was born Jan. 14, 1937, in Washington. She was the daughter of the late Judge James Reece Duncan and KatharineBraunstein Duncan. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Alexandria and Marymount Junior College in Arlington in 1957.

After graduation, she was employed at Georgetown Medical School in Washington where she met her husband, Francis "Bud" Andres. They were married in 1959.

Andres is remembered for her love of family and service to others. While raising five children, she supported her husband's private medical practice; organized a religious education program for pre-school children at St. Michael Church in Annandale; served as co-chairman of the Catholic Charities Ball; and participated in countless other fundraising and philanthropic efforts in the Arlington Diocese and the Medical Auxiliary of Northern Virginia. In 1984, she was named Volunteer of the Year by Catholic Charities.

"Catholic Charities owes a big debt of thanks to Kathie Andres," said Father Gerry Creedon, the agency's former director. "She was one of the earliest volunteers who through her hard work and outreach to the community developed the Catholic Charities Ball, a major effort of stewardship for those who lack basic necessities."

"On behalf of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington we are so grateful for the gifts in her name and for the partnership and leadership of Katherine Andres in helping Catholic Charities accomplish our mission of transforming lives," said Art Bennett, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. "God bless Ms. Andres for her generosity and we pray for her and her family that she may rest in eternal peace."

In recent years, Kathie and Bud were active members of St. John the Evangelist Church in Warrenton and loved spending time with family and visiting friends at Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington.

She modeled the importance of gathering together to celebrate life and embracing others wherever she went. She was dedicated to all of her grandchildren and frequently traveled to attend games, graduations, sacraments and recitals.

Andres is survived by her husband, Bud; brothers James Reece Duncan Jr., of Reston and Thomas Duncan of Monterey; sister Martha Duncan of Fairfax; five children: Kimberly (David) Livaudais of Herndon, Kristin (Nik) Brisbin of Manassas, Kara (Kevin) Carroll of Charlotte, N.C., Andy (Sharon) Andres of Atlanta, and Christopher (Kimberly) Andres of Richmond; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations in her honor may be made to Catholic Charities of the Arlington Diocese by visiting ccda.net or calling 703/841-3835.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016