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Katherine Linda (Coletta) Fetzner

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Katherine Linda (Coletta) Fetzner Katherine Linda (Coletta) Fetzner, age 58, of Lawrence Park, a well known Erie educator, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, June 6, 2009 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 13, 1951, the daughter of Phillip and Violet Ferrante Coletta of North East. She was a graduate of North East High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in 1973 from Mercyhurst College and a Master of Education from Gannon University in 1981 in Environment Education. Due to illness, Kathy retired from the Erie School District after 25 years of service. She taught science at East High School and Roosevelt Middle School. She was honored by her peers as Teacher of the Year in 1993. Kathy will be remembered as a beloved spouse, mother, daughter, sister, friend and teacher who was extremely proud of her Italian American heritage. She could be seen at many celebrations dancing the tarrantella with her sisters and other family members. She could say more with one gesture, one knowing glance or caressing touch than could be said with a thousand words. Kathy’s interests were many. They ranged from cooking and baking to designing floral creations, to winemaking, a hobby she shared with her father. Family and friends were the lucky recipients of Kathy’s delicious picture perfect antipastos, mouthwatering biscotti, homemade wines and beautiful floral creations. If you were ever in need, Kathy unselfishly offered her services. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her. Buona Festa, Kathy! Kathy was preceded in death by her grandparents, Vincent and Katherine Coletta and Domenic and Assunta Ferrante and a brother-in-law, Carl Dominick. Kathy is survived by her loving husband Richard, daughter Angela Veshecco and husband Brian, son Rick Fetzner; her parents, sisters Susan Dominick and Jean DeLaura and husband Robert; brother Vincent and family, mother-in-law, Julia Fetzner, sister-in-law Donna Martilla and brothers-in-law, Raymond Fetzner and wife Sharon and Donald (Nick) Fetzner and wife Diane. She is also survived by her godchild, Christie DeLaura and a special nephew Justin DeLaura along with several nieces and nephews. Kathy will be missed by her beloved pets, Dixie and Jiffy. Friends may call at the A. Brugger & Sons Funeral Home, 845 East 38th Street on Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held there on Wednesday at 9:15 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mark the Evangelist. Burial will be in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. Condolences at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com. Sign the guestbook at www.GoErie.com/obits
Published in the Erie Times-News from June 7 to June 9, 2009
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