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Kathleen E. Elzey

Kathleen (Katie) Elaine Elzey, 72, Sycamore, and formerly of St. Charles, Butler, Pa., Barberton, Ohio, and Royal Oak, Mich., died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.

Katie was born Oct.21, 1940 in New York, N.Y. to Donald and Mary Beth (Perkins) Jennings.

She was a homemaker and teacher, and attended Sycamore United Methodist Church.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich., then her master’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

She taught Spanish, socially and emotionally maladjusted children, and special education needs children before retiring in 2005.

She is survived by her brother, Laurent (Larry) Jennings; four children, Bennett (Sarah) Elzey, Meggon (Thomas) McKinley, Jared (Carey) Elzey, and Merit (Byron) Stloukal; their father, Lewis Elzey (divorced); 13 grandchildren; and companion, Richard Ortman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Ann Isbrandt.

Katie’s devotion to her children was unparalleled, raising them on piano, trumpet, drums and singing, a continuous stream of adopted stray pets, chess and pinochle.

She was a prototypical soccer mom, introducing the sport to her family in 1977, resulting in an enthusiasm spanning decades.

Katie loved indulging in antiques, the Michigan shoreline, spy novels, movies, and baking pies.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Brighton Chapel, 5415 N. State Rd. 3, Howe, Ind.

The funeral service will be held Friday, June 7 at 10 a.m. also at Brighton Chapel.

The burial service will be at Brighton Cemetery, Howe, Ind.
In lieu of flowers, make a donation to Serenity Hospice and Home, 1658 S. Ill. 2, Oregon, IL 61061.

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