Katherine Jane Hallabrin McCarrick
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MANSFIELD: Katherine Jane Hallabrin McCarrick, age 96, died on March 11, 2013. She was born January 6, 1917 in Mansfield and was the daughter of Martin and Katharina Hallabrin. She was a 1935 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School and retired from Neese-Rockhold Insurance Agency.
Katherine was a devoted mother and grandmother who gave countless hours to many community activities. In the 1950's she was very active in the Appleseed Trail (Mansfield) Girl Scout Council where she served as a Girl Scout troop leader for 10 years taking her high-school age Troop 67 on a month-long camping trip to Mexico City, served as a camp counselor, was chairman of Camp Walhonding Girl Scout Camp in its early years and served as head outdoor trainer for the council for many years.
She also was committed to the betterment of Mansfield as evidenced by her 10 years as president and 40+ years as an active member of the Richland County Historical Society; by her and her husband's spearheading the restoration of Oak Hill Cottage where she worked tirelessly for 22 years; and by her dedication to Kingwood Center where she served as a volunteer for nearly 50 years and created the live, weekly flower arrangements for the big house for many years. In addition she served on the mayor's historical preservation committee for 5 years, organized the Oak Hill Guild, chaired the Kingwood Garden Center committee, and was an active member of Kingwood's Flower Arrangers Club and Johnny Appleseed Questors Antique Club.
She was passionate about her grandchildren, flower arranging, antique dolls and restoring antique furniture. She and her husband traveled extensively and were often found camping with their 5 grandchildren on many of those trips.
Her husband of 56 years, E. William McCarrick, preceded her in death. She is survived by daughter, Sally Heckert (Richard) Uhde of Johnstown; son, J. Rick (Judy) Heckert of Mansfield; five grandchildren, Mindy Heckert (Rich) Willman, Jeffrey (Vivien) Uhde, Kimberly Uhde (David) Barboza, Scott (Heather) Heckert, Chris (Lisa) Heckert, 13 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Teresa Smith. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Fredrick and Michael Hallabrin; twin sisters, Elizabeth Weidle and Susan Rabal; and two great-grandchildren.
Friends and family may visit from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield. A funeral service will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Carol Weiss officiating. Additional visitation will be held Friday beginning at 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Richland County Foundation - E. William and Katherine J. McCarrick Fund which is earmarked for the benefit of Kingwood Center.
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Published in the News Journal on Mar. 13, 2013