Yesterday the world suffered the loss of a truly amazing woman, our beloved granny, Katinka Coleman. Born Katalin Elma Alexandra Von Podmanicsky in 1917. She was born into European high society; a life of luxury at a time where young ladies looked beautiful said little and married well. Granny had different plans. She went to Vassar where she was a reporter and editor of the school paper. She was a gifted student and a force of terror on the field hockey field. Her teammates nick named her Pod and the apposing team members feared her, even many years later. Granny laughed about the times that she would bump into former rivals at a social function who would still be terrified of her. She was not born to be a delicate society wife. Her mother was the Society page “It” girl, but Granny loathed the arrogance and superficiality of the social scene and actually had her name and address removed from the social registry.
Granny lived an amazing life. She lived a life on fire; a life of passion, for traveling, hiking Austrian mountains, the arts, cocktails, learning, animals, silent philanthropy, and mostly a passion for life itself. She gave her all for her family, always the center point & the heart of our family; she lived for her children, grandchildren and great grand children. She especially lived for the love of her life Loring Coleman with whom she courted from the back of his Indian motorcycle. She was my hero and my friend. Granny blessed this earth for 94 years I was honored to know her for 14-years and I will always treasure her sharp wit, her fanatical love of all sports, her huge heart, her fantastic use of accessories, her annoying habit of being right, and her refusal to never ever act like a little old lady. I love you Granny. We will all take care of Grampa and make sure that your legacy lives on forever.