Corky Binggeli

  • Born: September 22, 1947
  • Died: January 14, 2021
  • Location: Arlington, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Corky Binggeli of Arlington died at home of complications related to Parkinson's Disease on January 14, 2021. She was born in 1947 in Webster, New York, the daughter of Walter and Genevieve Bingley.

She graduated from Barnard University in 1969, majoring in British Civilization. She attended Boston Architectural College, earning an MA in Interior Design in 2008. Corky was an adjunct professor of Interior Design at Wentworth Institute and Boston Architectural College. She authored or co-authored nine textbooks on interior design and architecture. Corky was a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, winning the New England Chapter's Design Excellence Award for Hospitality Design in 1995, and serving as President of the Chapter from 2005 to 2006. Her fun and whimsical designs brightened up a number of restaurants in the Boston area.

Corky was an accomplished watercolor artist, and especially enjoyed spending time painting at the ocean. She frequently shared her gift, and most of the family have a Binggeli on the wall. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed insects, cats and pottery. Corky also volunteered at the Arlington Food Pantry, coordinating food distribution and serving on the board of directors.

Corky's talent, intelligence, wit, and kindness will be missed. She was the beloved wife of Keith Kirkpatrick. She is also survived by her brother Theodore Bingley, her sister Geraldine Bingley and five nieces and nephews.

There will be a private family ceremony at a later date.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Keith & Family. I'm so sorry for your loss. With heavy heart to hear. Corky will be dearly missed. Gods love & comfort. Peace be still. Let her light continue to shine. Gods blessings. Andra Bourque

Posted by Andra Bourque - Arlington, MA - Friend   February 20, 2021


My dear friend Corky. Love sent from above. Be so blessed. Peace be still. Gods love & comfort to Keith & family. Shine on honor her love. <3 andra bourque>

Posted by Andra Bourque - Arlington, MA - Friend   February 20, 2021

Keith, we are so sorry to hear of Corky's passing -- we knew her and you from the Marathon St. Food Pantry -- she was always so competent, professional and respectful to all who walked through the doors -- both the clients and the workers -- and she had a wonderful sense of humor -- we hope you continue to focus on the fond memories you have of your life together. Be well........Joan and Jim Robbio

Posted by Joan and Jim Robbio - Arlington, MA   January 21, 2021

Keith, I am so sorry I couldn't make the ceremony, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and if you need anything do not hesitate! Corky was such a sweet loving soul. We wish her peace in her next journey.

Posted by June OBrien - Somerville, MA - Friend   January 18, 2021


Corky was a wonderful, giving person. She will be very much missed.

Posted by Kim Chappell - Cambridge, NY - Family   January 17, 2021

My sincere condolences to Corky's family.

Posted by Patrick Mullane - Newton, MA - Friend   January 17, 2021

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