June 19, 1943 – May 4, 2020
Kathleen Ann Spohr, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died May 4, 2022 at her home in Los Altos Hills.
Born in Rhode Island in 1943 to Portuguese immigrants Catherine and Louis Gonsalves (a professional trumpeter who performed with the Paul Whiteman Band), Kathy was the youngest of seven children. At the age of nine, Kathy moved with her family to San Diego, where the children initially made fun of her Rhode Island accent (calling her “Rhode Island Red”), but she quickly fell in love. of his new home.
In high school, Kathy was crowned Miss National City and gained a reputation as a gifted pianist with the rare ability to “play by ear” (much to her professional musician father’s delight). An outstanding performer at local recitals and concerts, she later attended the University of San Diego where she studied music and performed in musical theatre.
Fate intervened one night in her senior year when a friend dragged her to a housewarming party hosted by a group of naval officers, including Tony Spohr, with whom she quickly hit it off. After a whirlwind six months together, Kathy and Tony got engaged.
The newlyweds embarked on an exciting life together, living in New York for six years where Kathy modeled and worked at the Carnegie Foundation in Midtown Manhattan. They also spent three months in South America on business during this time, the first of many international trips during their life together. Kathy has traveled across Europe (including her parents’ native Portugal), Asia and even lived in Australia for two years.
In 1973, Tony’s career as a CPA took them to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Kathy lived for 47 years, her last 37 in Los Altos Hills. In the Bay Area, Kathy became a devoted and loving mother to her children Monica and Mike, and would do anything for them. She tinkered with standout Halloween costumes before the days of Pinterest, somehow hunted down Cabbage Patch Kids and Transformers toys when they were nowhere to be found, and was always there with a hug when the times were right. hard. This deep love for her children then extended to her beloved grandchildren as well.
Another love for Kathy was interior design and real estate, and she studied both. Her talent and keen eye for interior design was evident to all who visited her impressively decorated home.
Kathy was predeceased by her parents Louis and Catherine Gonsalves, her siblings Celia, Louis, Walter, Herbert and Legia, and her granddaughter Madeline Alice Spohr. She is survived by her sister Ruth Da Fonseca, husband of 56 years Tony Spohr, daughter Monica Rawlins (and husband Sheridan) and son Mike Spohr (and wife Heather). She is also survived by five grandchildren who brought her so much joy later in life: Spencer, Daniel, Michaela, Annabel and James.