Catherine Weikart

Catherine Weikart, 100, of West Liberty, passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Logan Acres Care Center.

She was born Sept. 21, 1914, in Leetonia, a daughter of the late Thomas B. and Norma Glaser Cope.

She married Dean Weikart in Leetonia on July 3, 1937, and he preceded her in death in 1998 after 60 years of marriage. She also was preceded in death by her son, Wayne; a brother, Ronald; a sister, Agnes Pegg; sisters-in-law, June Ziegler and Ruth Weikart; and brothers-in-law, Joseph Weikart, Elwood Ziegler and Don McCoy.

Survivors include three children, Thomas (Cindy) Weikart of Bellefontaine, Cathy (Thomas) Fitzsimmons of Springfield and Susan Weikart of West Liberty, with whom she resided with until recently; daughter in-law, Judy Weikart of Shallotte, N.C.; six grandchildren, Douglas Weikart of Middleton, R.I., Dan (Anne) Weikart of Alexandria, Va., Lisa (Randy) Kruk of Mishawaka, Ind., Thomas (Amber) Weikart Jr. of Bellefontaine, Matthew (Jenna) Fitzsimmons of Cincinnati and Adam (Jacquelynn) Fitzsimmons of Dublin; great-grandchildren, Robert and Daniel Weikart, Sydney and Benjamin Weikart, Justin and Samantha Kruk, and William and Evelynn Fitzsimmons; sister in-law, Helen McCoy and Martha Lee Weikart of Leetonia; special niece, Barb (Don) Sell of Lisbon; and several nieces and nephews.

Catherine graduated from Leetonia High School in 1932. Between 1932 and 1934, she attended Wittenberg University, Springfield, then graduated from Youngstown Business College, Youngstown.

She began her secretarial career in 1934 in the office of the superintendent of Leetonia High School. From 1936 to 1942, she was employed by the Franklin Furniture Company, Columbiana.

Catherine was a Logan County 4-H adviser for many years and especially enjoyed her involvement with dog obedience training classes. She was a past member of the Bellefontaine Kennel Club and Top of Ohio Pet Shelter.

She was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Bellefontaine for years and served the church in many capacities.

A private burial was in Highland Memorial Cemetery at the convenience of the family. A celebration of her life is at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at Jennings Farley Funeral Home, West Liberty.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tri- State Collie Rescue, c/o James Curin 6410 Clark State Rd., Blacklick 43304.

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