Kathleen J. Houtz, 96

Posted on January 19, 2013

Kathleen J. Houtz, 96, passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Christian Care Retirement Community.
She was born June 23, 1916, in Wells County, to George M. Gilbert and Lola F. Pence Gilbert.
She retired in 1981 from S. S. Kresge Warehouse. She will be remembered as a great cook and for her love of company and entertaining others. She enjoyed traveling to Lake Webster and to Florida, playing Scrabble and Rummikub, solving crossword puzzles, and reading.
Surviving family members include her children, Sandra (Bob) Imel of Uniondale and Gerry (Linda) Houtz of Ossian; eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, with a great-great-grandchild due in July; and two half-sisters, Barbara (Joe) Smekens and Judy (John) Cupp.
She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Gerald V. Houtz, by five siblings, Nova Lee Barrick, Jerrold Gilbert, Sarah Lou Hunter, Robert Brickley, and Clarence “Casey” Brickley; and a grandson, Todd Houtz.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 W. Mill St., Ossian, with Pastor Troy Drayer officiating. There will be visitation one hour prior to to the services. Visitation will also be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Ossian.
Preferred memorials are to the Uniondale United Methodist Church.
Online condolences: www.elzey-patterson-rodak.com

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