Skestos Kathryn Quandt Skestos passed away in Columbus on August 20, 2014 after an illness of several months. She was 77 years old. A native of Allen Park, Michigan, Kate was a mother of four and a grandmother of eight. In addition to her brother, Henry Quandt; and her sister, Winifred Lorence, Kate is survived by her daughters, Alexandra Holmes and Stephanie Gabriele; her sons, George and Jason; and her eight grandchildren, Julius, Diana, Morgan, Samson, Luca, Olivia, Sofia and Georgia. One of five children born to Elmer and Lillian Quandt, Kate grew up on a farm and graduated from Melvindale High School, after which she entered college at the University of Michigan
before deciding to pursue a professional career at the Ford Motor Company in Detroit. She married George Skestos in 1963 and soon moved with him to Columbus where he built a successful business and they raised their family. Though their marriage ended in 1975, Kate and George remained friends and she was forever proud to be known as a Skestos. In the 1980's, Kate began a 25 year residence in Key West, Florida, a city whose quirky and free-spirited nature perfectly matched her own. A life-long animal lover, especially of birds and cats, Kate became something of a local celebrity for her care and feeding of Key West's famous wild cat and chicken populations. In 2010, Kate moved back to Columbus and made her home in Upper Arlington. Her interests were numerous and varied. A voracious reader with a keen interest in politics and public affairs, Kate read three newspapers a day and also enjoyed movies, popular culture and sports, especially Michigan football and Detroit Tigers baseball. Possessed of a dry and sardonic sense of humor, Kate's wry observations about her family, current events, and life in general frequently amused and sometimes befuddled her audiences. Though a staunch and vocal Republican, Kate retained an open mind and always insisted on thinking for herself. Like most, Kate had struggles in her life. But through the grace of her Christian faith and the help of her adult children, she ultimately overcame them. She died at peace with herself and her Maker. Among the childhood memories Kate's four children remember best are her Saturday morning chocolate chip pancakes and her nightly bed-time prayer which began, "thank you for the night." Knowing that the night awaits us all but secure in the belief that the night will surely be followed by a glorious dawn, we say to our mother: Tam Requiescet. Rest well, Mom. We'll see you in the morning. A Private Memorial Service was held at the SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL. Contributions in Kate's memory may be made to The Ohio State University
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