Harbach, Kathryn Ann (Kathy) Spencer
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passed away from this life, surrounded by her loved ones, on April 20, 2013. She was born in Warren, Ohio, on Aug. 12, 1950, to Lee Dexter Spencer and Viola Chany Spencer. She came to Phoenix, AZ, with her family in March 1962. Kathy was a graduate of West High School, Phoenix, Class of 1968; and attended Phoenix College for two years. She taught Remedial Arithmetic in the Cartwright School District's Sunset School. Kathy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She was caregiver to her husband who suffered a stroke more than sixteen years ago. Kathy had a strong sense of civic duty, too, and was active for many years in the block watch program sponsored by the Maryvale Revitilization Corp. She enjoyed family --proud of her children's and grandchildren' accomplishments. Baking was a special activity and participation in the County Fair exhibits for well-deserved ribbons was keenly anticipated. When she was a toddler, a friend of her father remarked: "Kathy knows no strangers". She greeted everyone with a smiling, welcoming face. Our hearts are broken. Kathy will, indeed, be missed by all who knew her. Survivors include her husband, Gary W. Harbach; her son Christopher W. Harbach (daughter-in-law Melissa L.); her daughter Melissa K. Valdez (son-in-law Anthony R.); six adored grandchildren -Robert J., Benjamin A., William R. Valdez, and Annaliese C., Anorah R., Aurelia G. Muse-Harbach; her mother; her brother George E. Spencer (sister-in-law Norma D.); her brother Forrest G. Spencer; In-laws Mike & Debbie Valdez; and a host of extended family and friends. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, April 29, 2013, in the Avenidas Funeral Chapel, 522 E. Western Ave., Avondale. AZ 85323; tel. 623-925-1525; http://avenidasfuneralchapel.com Graveside Services followed by interment will be held at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301; tel. 623-939-8394; http://www.dignitymemorial.com/resthaven-park-cemetery-glendale/en-us/index.page
Avenidas Funeral Chapel
522 East Western Avenue
Avondale, AZ 85323
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 26, 2013