Raleigh L. Stepter preceded his wife in death after 40 years of marriage as Katherine Louise Stepter went to receive her promise of everlasting life on April 22, 2014, from her own home.
Born, Tuesday, May 4, 1926, Katherine brought joy to her parents and older siblings and other family members.
In 1945 Katherine married the one and only man of her dreams to which three children were born to this union, Dennis, Lana and Paula.
A devout woman of God, Katherine was a member of The First Church of God, 610 Harrison Street, Washington Court House for over 50 years where she became knowledgeable of the true meaning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She was a member of the Choir, Sunday School Teacher, and Sunday School Superintendent. As the oldest woman of the Congregation, she acquired the distinctive title of "Mother of The Church". Katherine served on the Finance Committee, in addition, she was the Chairwoman of The Benevolent Fund also a faithful member of the Deactcanate Board. Katherine Stepter loved God and The Church of God. As a matter of fact her favorite song is "Oh Church of God". One clause read, "the mother of the free".
Love and compassion for others was a quality of hers known to many. Much of her time, after retirement from Hagerty Shoe Factory, Washington Court House/Chillicothe Shoe Factory was spent providing Private Care to those who were in need of a special touch. Katherine delivered her last private care, to her neighbor, prior to her failing health at the age of 87.
Also preceding her in death was her parents, Chester and Margaret Hollar, siblings Richard, Grover, Helen, Iva, Martha, Donald, Harry and Patricia. Step-sons, Raleigh and Ronald Stepter; Grandchildren, Lesley Stepter-Fortuna and Kevin Simmons.
Those who remain to cherish her memory is her only living brother Miles "Chick" Hollar, her son, Dennis (Lori) Stepter, Lana (Marc) Stanley and Paula Stepter (friend, Arthur B. Tyree). Grandchildren, Bradley Q. Stepter, Glenn (Dawn) Stepter, MacKenzie Stepter-Garrett, Billy Jean Sheely, Raleigh (Joan) Stepter, Taira Stepter, Treva Wilson, Dennis (Sonia) Haithcock, Glendon Haithcock (Miranda Bailey) and Ericka Haithcock. Great-grandchildren; Bradley Stepter, Jr, Brandon Stepter, Gia Lee Stepter, Mallorie and Marcell Garrett, Ciera, Shanice and Malick Sheely, Kendra and Maddie Fortuna, Brittany Thomas, Maria Wilson, Raven and Raleigh Haithcock, Madison, Myleigh and Mileah Haithcock, Amya Haithcock, Raleigh and Carmille Stepter. Great Great Grandson, Xavier Tyler Ware. Special Family Friends, Fulton and Bertha Terry as well as her West Middlesex traveling partner, Belva Taylor. Linda Wilson, Lorraine Edwards, Connie Tyler, Regina Cain, Carol Stepter and Julie Stepter will have memories of how Katherine Stepter touched their lives. Also cherishing her life is a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Katherine brought her own uniqueness as she was approaching death. It was with great pride and dignity because she did not fear life. As her perception of earth seemed to dim, her perception of heaven increased. She spoke often of God, her church and God's goodness. Then in God's time she went sweeping through that city.
Imagination lets us think there are many she wanted to see as she reached those Gates, but know this. Her mind was set, her thought was "I want to see Jesus, the one who saved, redeemed, and set me free.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at the First Church of God with Pastor Timothy L. White officiating with burial to follow at the Washington Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 4-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Church of God, 610 Harrison St. or Hospice of Fayette County, 222 N. Oakland Ave., both of Washington CH, Ohio
Arrangements are under the direction of the Summers Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.summersfuneralhome.com