After a brief illness, Ethel Kidwell, 86, died on July 28, 2013 at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, Delaware. Born in Ozone Park, New York on April 13, 1927, she was the daughter of Richard W. Peterson and Julia Clark. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Vincent, daughter Judith Elizabeth and brothers Richard Peterson and Walter Peterson.
Kidwell attended John Adams High School in Queens, New York. After marrying, she chose to be a stay at home mom. When her daughters were grown, she worked as a manager in a supermarket chain.
In 1978, to be closer to their grandchildren, she and her husband retired and built a home in Sag Harbor. Two of her favorite pastimes were giving refuge to stray animals and kitting. Her greatest joy in life was being a grandmother and then a great grandmother.
Mrs. Kidwell is survived by her daughter, Susan (John) Swobodzinski of Lewes, Delaware, formerly of Sag Harbor; daughter Sharon Sisti of Buffalo, New York; granddaughters Julie Swobodzinksi of Charlotte, North Caroline and Meredith (A.J.) Borrelli and great grandchildren Christopher and Lorelai Borrelli of Long Valley, New Jersey; sister Eleanor Asher; brother Will Peterson; and sister-in-law Elizabeth (Kidwell) Swoboda.
Mrs. Kidwell was laid to rest on August 1 at the Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, N.Y., along side her husband Vincent and daughter Judith Elizabeth.