Elizabeth Theresa Kalsch
October 11, 1932 - January 9, 2019
Elizabeth “Liz” Theresa (Prial) Kalsch, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 9, 2019 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center. Liz was born on October 11, 1932 to Frank P. and Julia E. (Tisdell) Prial. She grew up in Riverdale, New York and attended St. Margaret’s Grammar School and Sacred Heart High School, then worked at Manhattan College before she married and had 9 children. Liz became a licensed real estate agent in 1980 and was awarded as the top selling agent of Westchester County, New York in 1985.
She is survived by her husband, Francis Xavier Kalsch, who she greatly loved and who greatly loves her. She will be missed by her children Elizabeth, Maureen, Barbara, Mary Lou, George, Michael, William, Gerard, and Kathleen and by her 17 grandchildren. She is also survived by the father of her nine children, George J. Miller. Her brother Frank and sisters Eileen and Mary predeceased her.
Liz, whose faith formed the foundation of her life, was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church in Wilmington for 28 years. Prior to her move to Wilmington, Liz was a devoted parishioner of St. Patrick’s church in Yorktown Heights, New York for 25 years and volunteered her time extensively with the FISH Seniors group, Food Bank, and wherever the church needed a helping hand whilst taxi-ing around her kids to Boys and Girls Scouts, ballet, basketball, music lessons and making sure to have dinner on the table at 6 pm sharp, every night.
Liz was very philanthropic person, known in the community of Wilmington for her kindness and generosity. She organized a Benevolent Committee, passed out sandwiches to the homeless under the bridge, greeted crews from international ships in Wilmington, and was known for the fundraiser she championed, the “No Dinner Dinner” that helped feed the most in-need residents of Paradise Island and surrounding communities.
Liz loved spending time with her many friends in Wilmington especially Pinky, Kay, Kathie, and Millie (otherwise known as the “Ya Ya’s”) and her beloved friends from Yorktown. Time out golfing, and the birthday luncheons were her favorites. But nothing compared to the love she shared with Frank. The two met in 1987 and fell fast in love. Life with Frank was a grand adventure. They traveled 32 countries and danced all night. Liz enjoyed life’s simple pleasures: vacationing with family at the beach in Hampton Bays; having company over for house parties; cooking up great mussels and bluefish. She loved entertaining and was a fantastic cook – there was always room at the table for another guest. Liz is most famous for her amazing Cheesecake.
She was an avid tennis player and skier. Her love for the mountains drove her to explore adventures in Zermatt, Switzerland, Innsbruck, Austria and the mountains of Alta and Snowbird, Utah. Inspired by her joy for the beach and the mountains, she raised her kids on skis and the ocean. She loved singing, and painting and always wanted to someday learn to play the guitar. Liz was guided by the Blessed Mother and thanked God for all the abundance in her life every night. She will be sorely missed by her husband, children, grandchildren, and extended family and friends.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Feb 1st, at 9 am at Immaculate Conception Church, 6650 Carolina Beach Rd. Wilmington, NC. The immediate family will honor Liz’s request to be one with the sea at a private location. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to the Help Center at Federal Point, P.O. Box 54, Carolina Beach, NC 28428.