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Kathryn A. Gardner Weber

age 105, of Strasburg, and a long-time resident of Dundee, passed away Monday, November 16, 2020, in Park Village Health Care Center, Dover. Born January 19, 1915, in Dundee, she was a daughter of the late George F. and Viola Walter King. Kathryn graduated from Dundee High School in 1932, and went on to attend Kent State University for two years, she then began a teaching career that would span nearly four decades. At first, she taught at Winfield and Wooster Highway, then in the one-room Bender School between Bolivar and Strasburg before moving on to Bolivar Elementary. Kathryn earned her bachelor's degree in education from Malone College (later Malone University) in 1969. She taught at Dundee in the Garaway Local School District toward the end of her teaching career, retiring in 1971.

She married Lloyd Gardner in 1940, and the couple shared 53 years of marriage prior to Lloyd's passing in 1993. Later, in 1999, Kathryn married Glenn Weber who passed away in 2010. She was a member of the Dundee and Strasburg United Methodist Churches, and served both as church organist. Kathryn had a lifelong love of music, playing the piano since the tender age of three. Additionally, she belonged to Cypress Chapter 540 Order of the Eastern Star, and the Fortnightly Music Club. Kathryn loved to travel and was able to take many wonderful trips with both of her husbands to Asia, Europe and throughout the United States. She also very much enjoyed gardening, canning, quilting and playing euchre.

Kathryn is survived by her daughters, Brenda Kay Rutledge of El Paso, Texas, and Jean (Lowell) Thomas of Strasburg; her grandchildren, Jay Rutledge, Kristen (Kevin) Harvey, Laurie Thomas, Michael (Sandi) Thomas, Heather (Benj) Miller and Scott Thomas; her great-grandchildren, James Rutledge, Andrew and Lauren Harvey, Kaiden, Nolan and Mason Thomas, Gabe, Pippen and Elowyn Miller.

In an effort to help keep everyone safe during this time of the Coronavirus, services will be private. Burial will be with Lloyd Gardner in Dundee Cemetery. To sign an online guestbook and share a fond memory of Kathryn, please visit the Obituaries link on the Toland-Herzig website. The family suggests that contributions in Kathryn's memory be made to the Dundee United Methodist Church, Strasburg United Methodist Church, or Community Hospice.

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Published in The Times Reporter on Nov. 19, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
Mrs. Gardner my second grade teacher. She was a wonderful teacher. I have a book she gave me in the second grade. I passed the book on to my daughter and now her daughter. So glad we got to visit her in the nursing home. She was a beautiful person.
Debbie Immel Souter
November 21, 2020
I had the honor to meet Kathryn at an Eastern Star meeting when Bolivar Ch. honored her on her 100th birthday. We talked about music and the enjoyment it brings into our lives. Truly an amazing person, she blessed those lives she touched. May her family know she is a peace and sharing her gift of music through those lives. We who remain on earth can hear the music she created through the raindrops that fall.
Diane Phillips
November 20, 2020
Kathryn Gardner Weber was a very special lady. She was my mom's and her 2 sibling’s first grade teacher near Dover, OH. Kathryn taught my mom English since her household spoke only Swiss at that time. Two years ago, I took the Warsaw Elementary Honor Choir to Park Village Dover to sing for the residences and then she played the piano. The children were spell bound!!! She told the choir that her grandpa was in the Civil War and her grandmother could remember President Lincoln's funeral. I have shared the video of Kathryn playing the piano for my students so many times especially to those parents that would be OK with their child dropping choir or band. I have discovered many years ago, the music is a life skill! Kathryn will be greatly missed!! My deepest condolences to the family
Les Widder
November 19, 2020
Will always remember her as Mrs. Gardner, She was a great influence in my life and bought me my first musical instrument, a Mickey Mouse Ukulele. I will always think of her with the greatest respect and admiration. Bobby Wallick
Bobby Wallick
November 19, 2020
You were the best piano teacher,and a great second grade teacher
Lorie Nnyanzi
November 19, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Rita Couts
November 19, 2020
We are so incredibly grateful for Kathryn's amazing Malone legacy. We are lifting your family in prayer as you celebrate her life.
Malone University
November 19, 2020
My deepest condolences to each of the family members of this amazing woman. Kathryn always had a special place in my heart after she was kind enough to help me out by playing for me a couple of times when I sang at events. And WOW could she play. It was such a pleasure getting to know her. Rest in peace, dear lady.
Mary Jo Schrump Sanner
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