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Kathleen Marie September 13, 1955 - November 18, 2013

Kathleen Marie Trease was born in Toledo, Ohio on September 13, 1955, the third oldest of 11 children born to the late Joseph and Joanne Bobak. Kathleen attended Woodward High School and graduated in 1973. She was a practicing Catholic at St. Joseph Church in Erie, Michigan.

Kathy married the love of her life, Dennis Trease, in 1976, at Rosary Cathedral in Toledo. She was a kind and caring woman who always looked out for others first. Kathy was very curious, fun loving, and had a special way of spreading joy to people around her. She loved flowers, the outdoors, being by water, and going on adventures. More so, Kathy loved her family and friends.

Kathy raised her children to balance hard work, education, and fun. She was active with extracurricular activities at Erie Mason schools. After her children went to college, Kathy enjoyed working at the Erie Library for 14 years. She loved story time, holiday decorating, designing the bulletin board, and was a member of the Friends of the Library.

Kathy loved to talk about the accomplishments of her children. Her son, Brian, earned a PhD at the University of Michigan and is an engineer at NASA JPL. Her daughter, Nicole, earned a PhD in Chemistry at Ohio State and is a researcher at Stony Brook University. Her son, Tony, earned a Masters from Eastern Michigan and works for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Kathy, age 58, passed away from ovarian cancer on Monday, November 18, 2013. "Niech spoczywa w pokoju."

Kathy leaves behind her loving husband of 37 years, Dennis Trease; daughter, Nicole (Chris Knight) Trease; sons, Tony (Penelope Campbell) Trease and Brian (Amanda) Trease; a grandson, who she was ecstatic to celebrate earlier this year, Owen Patrick Trease; sisters, Sharon DeSimone, Diane (Dennis) Swary, Julie Bobak, and Beth Anne (Arnie) Denorcy; brothers, Warren (Carol) Bobak, Robert (Tina) Bobak, Allen Bobak, James (Samantha) Bobak, Gary Bobak, and Tim (Cindy) Bobak.

Friends may gather from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013, at Merkle Funeral Service, 9156 Summit Street, Erie. She will lie in state at 10 a.m. also at Merkle's, and procession will follow to St. Joseph Church, Erie for a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Procession will follow to St. Joseph Cemetery, Erie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to "Friends of the Library-Erie Branch" by check. Online guests may leave words of inspiration, share a photo, or make a donation by visiting

Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 22, 2013
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