ORRINGTON – Elisabeth "Liz" (Muller) Kenny, 80, wife of Wilfred L. "Skip" Kenny, died April 5, 2011, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Oct. 19, 1930, in Amberg, Germany, the daughter of Christof Heinrich Muller and Elsa (Summer) Muller.
Elisabeth’s caring and strong survival traits started as a child, as she survived World War II and cared for younger siblings at a young age. Liz made it to the U.S. in 1958 after starting a family with an American soldier, Wilfred Kenny. Elisabeth taught herself the English language, and studied hard and became a medication technician, as well as a psychiatric aide at Bangor Mental Health Institute, where she worked until 1978. After she decided to start her own sewing business, Kenny’s Teddys, making a variety of stuffed animals and animal chairs for children. Becoming an American citizen was extremely important to Liz. She studied very hard and celebrated her citizenship in 1993. Family was Elisabeth’s top priority always, as she cared for aging elders for at least 25 years of her life, and if it was not elders, it was children: her children, the neighbor’s children and her grandchildren. She was always caring for someone, baking bread, cookies, making blankets, crafts, sewing, crocheting, always doing something for someone else. Often the items she made were gifts for Christmas, which was Liz’s favorite time of the year. Her house was decorated from top to bottom with Christmas garland, handmade decorations from family, angel and Santa collections, an enormous Christmas village and multiple elaborate Christmas trees, which were truly a wonder. There was nowhere that Liz would rather be than on Brewer Lake in her garden tending her flowers. German music was often heard by the neighbors around the lake. She was caring, giving, loving and full of life. She will be desperately missed by all who were blessed to know her.
Liz is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Wilfred "Skip" Kenny; son, Heinz Kenny and wife, Lee Anne, of Orrington; son, Oscar Kenny and wife, Dot, of Jacksonville, N.C.; son, Frank Kenny and wife, Myrna, of Newburgh; son, Ronald Kenny and wife, Deborah, of Carmel; son, Walter Kenny and wife, Laurie; daughter, Nena Antone and husband, Larry; son, Henry Kenny and wife, Sue, all of Orrington; 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Oskar Muller; a sister, Trudy Karmann; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of Germany.
A private graveside service will be held later in the spring at Marston Cemetery, Orrington. Those who wish to remember Liz in a special way may make gifts in her memory to St. Joseph Healthcare, P.O. Box 1638, Bangor, ME 04402-1638. Condolences to the family may be expressed at