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Katherine Ann Hagan Gerstle Wirth Heck

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HECK, KATHERINE ANN HAGAN GERSTLE WIRTH, 80, passed away Monday, February 7, 2011.

She was born December 6, 1930 in Louisville to the late Pius Willett Hagan and Valerian Roby Hagan. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Thomas W. Hagan and Kenneth R. Hagan.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and attended St. Mary-of-the-Woods College for one year.

Katherine was involved with the following community organizations: American Legion Auxiliary -Highland Post #201; Queen's Daughters; Partner - Telephone Pioneers of America - Louisville Chapter, and the St. Joseph's Sewing Circle (quilt makers).

Katherine, known as Kitty, was a retired bookkeeper, a devoted wife and a loving mother. She was very energetic and had a zest for life, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She married Gene E. Gerstle in 1950, married the late Jerome H. Wirth in 1967 and Roy L. Heck in 1995.

She is survived by Roy L. Heck; her children, Julie Sebastian (Russell), St. Louis, MO, Don Gerstle (Stefanie), Tucson, AZ, Val Gerstle (and her friend Bob Wiedemer), Cincinnati, OH and Amy Gerstle, Louisville; three grandchildren, Kim Kleinhans (Mike), Atlanta, GA, Christi Gerstle, Los Angeles, CA and Ted Gerstle, Chicago, IL; stepdaughters, Donna Hash (Bill), Barbara Stackhouse (Bob), Elizabeth Morris (Greg) and Nancy Weppler (Chris); stepsons, Gary L. Heck ((Cathy) and Michael L. Heck Sr. (Terri); 10 stepgrandchildren and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass to celebrate Katherine's life, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, by Father David Sanchez, pastor, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1406 E. Washington St., with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery. . Friends and family may visit Friday, 4-8 p.m. at Arch L. Heady Russman & Sons Funeral Home, 1201 E. Oak St.

Donations may be made to Queen's Daughters or the American Legion Auxiliary-Highland Post #201.

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Published in The Courier-Journal from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, 2011