HULLS COVE – Mrs. Mary Seidl Kinsey, 87, died February 16, 2014 at her residence. She was born May 19, 1926 in Milwaukee, WI, the second child of Henry and Margaret Seidl Sr.
She graduated from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wi. in 1948 with a BS in Occupational Therapy and joined the United States Army in June 1949. She completed her basic training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas and was stationed at St. Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. In February 1950, Mrs. Kinsey received secret orders to report to the Public Information Division in New York City. Mrs. Kinsey had been selected as one of six women in the military to model the new Army uniforms designed by Hattie Carnagie. She and her fellow service women unveiled the new uniforms in a special presentation at Governors Island in New York. The ladies were featured in newspaper articles around the United States and newsreels. Mrs. Kinsey was also featured on the recruitment poster. Francis and Mary were married on November 14, 1951 in Milwaukee, WI, and raised their seven children in Adelphi, Maryland. After numerous vacations to Maine, they bought a house in Hulls Cove in 1985. They joined Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and have been active members.
Mary is survived by her beloved husband, Francis E. Kinsey. Seven children; Kathleen and Charles Faircloth, Kevin and Margaret Kinsey Sr., Maureen and Stephen Kaufman, Margaret and John Vish Sr., Barbara Kinsey, Edward Kinsey and Charles and Wendy Kinsey. Three siblings; Richard Seidl, Charles Seidl and Carol Hensley. Nineteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by four siblings; Helen Wierschke, John Seidl, Robert Seidl and Henry Seidl Jr.
Friends are invited to call 4-6 p.m. Monday, February 24, 2014 at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert, with the Rosary being recited at 5:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Bar Harbor, with Father John O’Hara officiating. Spring interment will be at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Bar Harbor. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com