Evelynne Pfaff Kiley, died on August 8th in Williamsburg, VA. She was eighty-eight years old. A daughter of two hardworking German-American parents, Lynne grew up in Irvington, NJ and ended up traveling the world. She is the widow of Robert E. Kiley who passed away on October 29, 2022, and is survived by her daughters Susan (m.Jim Taylor) and Tricia (m. Steve Killiany) and grandchildren Kate, Amanda, Margy, Jane and Ed.
As a young girl, she enjoyed ice skating and emulated skater Sonja Heine, one of the first superstar female athletes. Lynne loved books but college was not an option for young women of her background in the 1950’s. Instead, she went to secretarial school and ended up working for “Esquire Magazine” in Manhattan. She had fond memories of earning extra money by writing copy and worked with some of New York’s best photographers, illustrators and writers during the golden age of this publication.
Lynne was introduced to Bob by his sister, Jean Kiley, a friend she had made during her daily commute. The three of them went skiing and Bob’s mother knew he was smitten because he kept Lynne’s ski pass as a souvenir. Bob and Lynne made their first home in Millburn, NJ and became proud parents of two daughters. Bob had graduated from boarding school and college but he always said that Lynne had the superior intellect.
Lynne loved reading to her children, taking them to museums and on other outings. As a housewife in Millburn,NJ, Lake Forest, IL and Basking Ridge, NJ she did more than her part. Bob had exacting standards of dress and cuisine and she took wonderful care of her entire family. In addition, she supervised all of the household repairs–or did them herself. One of Bob and Lynne’s favorite chapters involved their grandchildren, who they entertained frequently in their Upper West Side apartment. The Central Park Carousel was a favorite destination. When the Taylors spent eight years as expats in Australia, Lynne and Bob were regular visitors, occasionally bringing Tricia, Amanda and Ed with them on these transpacific trips.
When Bob started to suffer from Alzheimers, Lynne moved to The Landing in Williamsburg, VA so that Bob would continue to receive wonderful care. She was by his side throughout his declining years, during which she enjoyed frequent conversations with her grandchildren. Her family and friends appreciated Lynne because she was supportive, funny and never held back her opinions. She will be missed.
The family plans on holding a private memorial service. Her ashes will be placed alongside those of her husband at St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg. For those who would like to make a contribution in her name, gifts may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.