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Kathryn Kater

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BLOOMINGTON - Kathryn L. "Kay" Kater, 88, of Bloomington, Ill., died Monday, April 29, 2013, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington, with the Rev. Keith Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the memorial home.

Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomington; Advocate BroMenn Auxiliary in Normal; or a .

Mrs. Kater was born Jan. 25, 1925, in Decatur, Ill., a daughter of Otto Charles and Goldie Ethel McCluskey Craig. She married Donald L. Kater on Nov. 2, 1947, in Decatur, Ill. He died Feb. 25, 1979.

Survivors include two sons, Louis C. (Sara) Kater of Bloomington, Ill., and James Lee (Beth) Kater of Peoria, Ill.; grandchildren, Ben (Kathryn) Kater of Ukiah, Calif., Chelsea Kater of Bloomington, Ill., and Nancy Kathryn (Neil) Ensor and Allison Elizabeth Kater (fiance, Patrick Hogan), both of Peoria, Ill.; and a sister, Bonnie (Don) Miller of Palo Alto, Calif.

Her parents, two brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.

Mrs. Kater was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomington, the McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington Elks Lodge, Lakeside Country Club and was also a life member of Beta Sigma Phi and BroMenn Service League.

She started her working career in the hotel industry in Chicago, later working as a receptionist at Howard Johnson Motor Lodge in Bloomington, the McLean County Assessor's Office and Bloomington Battery Service Co., prior to retirement.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Westminster Village, Medical Hills internists, Dr. Klaus and the Bloomington Fire Department EMT's for their very professional and caring service.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on May 2, 2013
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