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Katherine Zehringer

February 13, 1925 — August 9, 2016

Katherine F. Zehringer, 91, Fort Recovery, Ohio, died on August 9, 2016, at Briarwood Village, Coldwater, Ohio. She was born February 13, 1925, in St. Joe, OH, to the late Stephen and Margaret (Reinhard) Schoch. On May 4, 1948, she married the late Jerome "Zeke" Zehringer, who died August 4, 2003.
Surviving are six children, Mike (Pat) Zehringer of Dayton, OH, Bob (Jane) Zehringer of Waynesboro, VA, Phyllis (Steve) Miller of Fort Recovery, OH, Tom (Kathy) Zehringer of Colorado Springs, CO, Jean (Mark) Giesige of Celina, OH and Mary (Dean) Whitman of Colorado Springs, CO; 19 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Rita Zehringer of Coldwater, OH and Rosie Zehringer of Fort Recovery, OH.
Katherine was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Preceding her in death are an infant son, Joseph, her siblings, Albert Schoch, Alvina Schoch, Marie Wallace, Thomas Schoch, Leon Schoch, Martha Smith and her infant sisters, Mary and Magdalene.
After graduating from Fort Recovery High School in 1943, she went on to graduate from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Dayton, OH, in 1946. She worked as a registered nurse at the former Otis Hospital, Celina, Briarwood Manor, Coldwater and St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio. She was a member of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Fort Recovery, Ohio where she actively participated in the church's Altar Rosary Sodality and the funeral luncheon committee and was a member of the church choir for over fifty years.
Katherine was a faithful, faith-filled wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who served as a moral compass for many. Her busy hands never stopped working: gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, canning, nursing the sick back to health, and sitting at the bedside of the dying. While never skimping on her care for her family, she found the time to volunteer endless hours for her church and community and was always on the lookout for the sick and suffering, the broken-hearted, the outcasts: those were her people. She loved to sing and tell stories about her life growing up on the farm; she was always a farm girl at heart and lived in communion with nature and all of God's creation. One of her favorite pastimes was following the Cincinnati Reds of which she was a life long fan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Fort Recovery, with Fr. Matthew Feist officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery, Fort Recovery, Ohio.
Calling is 3:00 pm-7:00 pm Friday and 9:00 am -10:00am Saturday at Brockman - Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, Ohio.
Condolences may be directed to www.brockmanboeckmanfh.com


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