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'Together Again'Catherine L.
87, passed away at her home on May 20, 2014. She was a lifelong resident of Louisville and the youngest daughter of Louis and Iva Metzger. Her father passed away, when she was at an early age of three. This resulted in her living with her Aunt Mary Metzger who was the person responsible for the city of Louisville establishing a park for the community. Kate graduated from Louisville High School in 1944. In addition to being an excellent student she was also a cheerleader. She enjoyed reminiscing about those cheerleading days frequently as they were very fond memories especially when she recounted being voted the "best legs" in school. She worked for Halle's in downtown Canton, St. Thomas Aquinas High School in the cafeteria and then the audio/visual department, and later at Louisville High School. The students truly loved "Mrs. Stegner" and when they would regularly see her out some would give her a kiss on the cheek, making her beam, while sharing many special times remembered. While working full time she was at her beloved husband's side on their farm in Louisville.
Kate was a loving, nurturing, caring, compassionate and giving wife, mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law. She was married to the late Lee Stegner for over 66 years. She liked the fact they were married on her birthday. She was a fans fan for her grandchildren's sporting teams ever present at each and every event cheering them on but also all the other kids, up to her last days, always asking when the next game was going to be. She became known as "Grandma" to all involved. Kate and Lee enjoyed Lake Mohawk each summer and had been going there since 1965. Kate still slalom skied at the age of 76, an event captured on video forever to be viewed and shared. She was a true friend and enjoyed her many friends over the years. Kate was especially fond and looked forward to the card groups they belonged to and alternating locations at each other's house on a monthly basis. Out of all her "enjoyments" cards would probably be at the top of her list. Kate and Lee enjoyed their travels which took them to locations as Hawaii, Alaska, Panama, Europe, Mexico with their children in the early years, Canada, throughout many locations in the United States to mention a few. But, family always took precedence over any travel. Kate was the epitome of what a wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law should be. A true model for any and all who knew her. Kate loved her family and would be the first to make a sacrifice for any of them. A marvelous cook who allowed many to enjoy food items rarely as good anywhere else. Her waffles, oatmeal cookies, cream pie and beef roast, that would met in your mouth and even make the Amish full of envy, are among the marvelous items. She enjoyed gardening and she and her husband planted nearly an acre of "goods" annually and would can or freeze their labors, but also share with others.
Preceding her in death were her parents; siblings: Leo, Louis, Robert, Elizabeth, Donald, Marguerite and Paul. She is survived by her children: son, Jim; daughters, Patricia (Jaime) Pua of Marion, Christine (Bill) Donaldson; grandchildren: Andrew, Kristin, Tricia, Jamie, Jodie, Jimmy, and Austin the special one Grandma was going to adopt. A special thanks to those who showed their love through deeds and not words.
In keeping with Catherine's wishes, a private Chapel Service was conducted Saturday May 24, 2014, in St. Louis Parish Cemetery. Arrangements were at the direction of the Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home in Louisville.
Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home
& Crematory, 330-875-2811
Serving Stark County Families Since 1867
Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home
303 S Chapel St
Louisville, OH 44641
Published in The Repository on May 25, 2014