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Grace Virginia Katzenmeyer

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Katzenmeyer Grace Virginia Katzenmeyer, age 87, passed away on August 16, 2013 at Riverside Methodist Hospital, after a mercifully brief illness. Grace was the quintessential casserole-cooking 50's/60's Mom. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh and graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School. She met the love of her life, Phil, and they were married for 59 years, until he passed away in 2006. Grace spent most of her life in Youngstown, where she raised two sons, John (Lynn) of Delafield, Wisconsin, and Tom (Mary) who lives in Columbus, Ohio. In Youngstown, she was very active in the community-Republican politics (one son strayed dramatically from this), the garden club, the PTA, and the library. She was the President of the PTA, much to the chagrin of her younger son, Tom, who was a high school senior at the time. She was a sports fan, too. Her teams were the Steelers, the Buckeyes, the Georgia Bulldogs, and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Together they attended multiple football games each year. She was known for her annual Super Bowl party. There were bowling balls, golf clubs, and tennis rackets in every closet. Grace was particularly proud of her four grandchildren, James (St. Francis, Wisconsin), David and his wife, Carrie (Stillwater, Minnesota), Patrick (Columbus, Ohio), and Anne (Atlanta, Georgia). Grace was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first great-grandson in November. Phil and Grace were fortunate to live in retirement for 28 years on the par three 7th hole on Course Number Three at Pinehurst Country Club, where an occasional ball would come crashing through their window. She continued her civic involvement in Pinehurst, notably with the local library. She had a life-long love of libraries. Grace spent her final years at First Community Village in Columbus. Grace's ashes will be scattered at a private family ceremony, joining Phil's, in the rose garden at The Village Chapel in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The family has asked, instead of flowers, that contributions be made to any of the following charities: The Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation for their current capital campaign, 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215, Attn. Donna Zuiderweg; Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org); or Operation Christmas Child (these donations should be in check form addressed to the "Village Chapel" with a note on the memo line "Grace Katzenmeyer-Operation Christmas Child), Village Chapel, 10 Azalea Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374). The family would like to thank the caregivers at First Community Village and Riverside Methodist Hospital. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL, Columbus, OH. www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22, 2013
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