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Kathryn Koblentz


1947 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Kathryn Koblentz Obituary
Koblentz, Kathryn
1947 - 2017
Kathryn Anderson Koblentz of Upper Arlington, Ohio passed away on October 3, 2017 at Kobacker House after a long and courageous battle with Primary Peritoneal / Ovarian cancer. Kathy was born in Alliance, Ohio on July 17, 1947 to William and Elisabeth Anderson. Preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Paul Ranson. Kathy is survived by her husband of 44 years, Robert; her children, Maureen Koblentz (fiancée John Groves) of Upper Arlington, Ohio; and son Robert Koblentz (Sarah) of Pittsburgh, PA; grandchildren, Robbie and Bennett Koblentz; sisters, Jennifer Strickland of Kipton, OH; Janice Anderson of Canton, Ohio; and Sharon (Jim) Thompson of Charlotte, NC; brother-in-law, Dave Koblentz (Lynne) of Powell, OH; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Kathy received an undergraduate degree from Mount Union College, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from The Ohio State University. She was employed as Budget Director for the City of Columbus in the 1970's, and as a Financial Analyst for the Franklin County Commissioners. Kathy was an active community volunteer throughout her adult life. In 1978, Kathy joined the Board of Trustees for the Columbus Zoo. In 1985, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium where she served as Treasurer, Vice President, and President in 2003 and 2004, becoming the first woman to hold that position. Kathy continued service as a Trustee for the Zoo, and also served as a Trustee on The Wilds Board. She also served as an active docent as long as she was able to do so. Kathy was active in Wednesday Literary Club, serving as President of that organization. She was honored as a Northwest Woman of the Year. Kathy was a long-time member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she served in numerous leadership positions, including as a Stephen Minister and a co-leader of Prayers and Squares, a quilt ministry she helped organize. Kathy loved to travel, and she, Bob, and the family often visited Europe, South America, Africa, and mid-coast Maine. Kathy was blessed with so many good friends and neighbors, and the last of her faithful collies, Darcy, who will greatly miss her. Kathy was a Buckeye Football fan and an avid Columbus Blue Jackets Fan. Kathy and Bob were season ticket holders, and she rarely missed attending home games while she was able. Special thanks to Dr. David Cohn and the staff and volunteers of the James Cancer Hospital, and the OhioHealth Kobacker House. The family will receive friends at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd, Columbus, OH 43221, on Sunday, October 8th from 1-4 pm. Services will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Monday at 10:00 am, with a private family burial immediately following, Reverend Wade Giffin officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9990 Riverside Dr., P.O. Box 400, Powell, OH 43065-400; Trinity United Methodist Church Foundation, 1581 Cambridge Blvd, Columbus, OH 43212; James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, 460 W. 10th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2017
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