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Carol A. Katona


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Carol A. Katona Obituary
Carol A. Katona, 72, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, after a sudden illness at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, N.J. She was a woman of great determination, conviction and dedication.
Carol was born in Trenton, N.J. to August and Margaret Dietrich in 1941. She graduated from Hamilton High West in 1959 and later earned her associate degree in business administration at Mercer County Community College.
She was employed by Johnson and Johnson Dental as a metals manager and later by the Association of NJ Rifle and Pistol Clubs as a lobbyist. She also lobbied independently for hunting and sport shooting rights. She was a licensed Master Falconer for more than 20 years, belonging to the Jersey Falconry Club and the North American Falconry Club. She was active in many organizations including the Dachshund Club of New Jersey where she ran three field champion dachshunds. She was a member of Falls Township Rifle and Pistol Association. Her greatest joy was her time with Citizens Rifle and Revolver Club, where she served as an officer for 35 years, 21 of which as president of CRRC, establishing many programs and improvements to the club and its facilities. She travelled widely for seminars on shooting sports and the dachshund field trials. She was a licensed ham radio operator, call letters WA2SKG, and spoke to other operators all over the world.
She received many awards, most notable being the Central Jersey Friends of the NRA Committee Award 1995-97, the John Volk Service Award of the NJ State Federation of Sportsmen 1997, Association of NJ Pistol and Rifle Club Award 2003, and most recently, nominated for the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award, 2014.
She married Garson (Gary) Katona in 1961, in Trenton, N.J., and is deeply missed by him, as well as by all who knew her grace and devotion.
Predeceased by her parents, August and Margaret Dietrich, she is survived by her husband, Gary, her daughter Melanie and son-in-law, Mark Follmer, her sister-in-law, Evelyn, her aunts, Emily and Marie, and many cousins.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at Saul Colonial Funeral Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, N.J. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made in Carol's memory to Citizens Rifle and Revolver Club of NJ, Inc., PO Box 659, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550, for the continuation of Women's Day at the Range.
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Published in The Trentonian on Apr. 24, 2014
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