Kathryn Schindler Kirk, 88, active for many years in Catholic work here, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at Providence Hospital. She had lived at Carroll Manor in Hyattsville for the past 13 years.

Mrs. Kirk came to the Washington area in 1931 with her husband, Harry J. Kirk, now a retired civil engineer and an active Catholic layman.

She served as the first president of the Women's Retreat League and worked with the Sodality Union, St. Matthews Parish Library and organizations in St. Anthony's Parish in Washington, of which she was a member.

Mrs. Kirk was born on a farm near Ayersville in Defiance County, Ohio. She attended Defiance College and before her marriage in 1915 taught in county grade schools.

In addition to her husband, of Carroll Manor, she is survived by a son, the Rev. Daniel Kirk, OSB, of Washington; six daughters, Sister Kathleen, OCD of Towson, Md., Sister Teresa OCD, of Philadelphia; Kathleen Wright and Gertrude Meehan, both of Silver Spring, Dorothy Noel, of Greenbelt, and Lucille Woods, of Chicago; two sisters, Gertrude McCarthy, of Cleveland, and Rose Desch, of Defiance; a brother, Bernard Schindler, of Lancaster, Ohio; 39 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.