Gehres Kathryn "Kate" Gehres, 86, of Whitehall, Ohio, passed away March 21, 2013 at Mount Carmel East Hospital. Kate was born in Weirton, WV on March 2, 1927, daughter of the late Thomas and Martha Stayonoff. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Phillip John Stayonoff, son-in-law Curtis B Christenson and many cousins. She is survived by son, Joseph (Cheryl) Gehres of Hilliard; daughter, Tamara Christenson of Gahanna; grandchildren, Nicole (Zach) Hattle of Lexington, KY, Tanya (Jeremy) Newman of Gahanna; great-grandchildren, Eden, Julia, Elijah, Ethan, and Sydney. Kate always enjoyed sharing stories of the mischief that she and her brother would get into as children in Weirton. She graduated from East High School in Columbus and The Ohio State University with a degree in Social Work. Kate went back to school when her children were young and received her teaching certificate. She taught 1st grade at Easthaven Elementary School until she retired. Kate enjoyed reading, spending time at the beach and spending time with her friends and family. There will be a memorial service held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 25, 2013 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1200 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Faith Mission of Ohio or the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Messages may be sent to her family by visiting www.cotnerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 22, 2013