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Katherine Spicer


Katherine Spicer, age 72, of Columbus, passed away on December 10, 2019 after her second brave battle with breast cancer.  She was born on March 16, 1947, to the late Jack and Virginia (Cummings) Edmondson of Dayton, OH, who instilled in her a love of reading, music, art, theater, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Kathy earned her BS in Education (1969) and MS in Ed in Children’s Literature (1996) from The Ohio State University. She began her career as a teacher at Roosevelt Jr. High in Columbus, then taught at Southwestern City Schools, the Diocese of Columbus, St. Timothy School, and The Columbus Academy. An award-winning educator, Kathy was named Language Arts teacher of the year by OCTELA, and was one of two main authors of St. Tim’s National School of Excellence winning application. Adventures are to be had everywhere, and Kathy never missed an opportunity to visit new places, including her ancestral Ireland, other European countries, Japan, China, Canada, many of our United States, and Ohio. Her favorite place was on the beach at Cape Cod. Survivors include her two children, of whom she is and always will be proud: her amazingly supportive son and caregiver, Brian, of Columbus; her Wonder Woman daughter, Amy (Adam) Million of Denver, CO; beloved grandson Brady Burgett of Delaware, OH; sister Janet (Steve) Currin of Waynesville, brothers Paul of Petaluma, CA, Carl of Lexington, KY, and Dennis of Centerville, OH; her children’s father Steve; sister-in-law Anne; many nieces and nephews; and her diva cat, Boo. She loved her family more than words can say. Kathy felt blessed to have wonderful friends: her watercolor buddies, Book Club, Scrabble group, her trainer, the RATS, and others who meant so much to her. All of these amazing people and colleagues enriched her life greatly. Kathy and her children are grateful to her family and friends who helped out when the going got tough, and they appreciate the care provided by Dr. Robert Wesolowski, the staff at the Stephanie Speilman Center at OSU, and Hospice of Central Ohio. A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm at The Sanctuary, 82 N. High St., Gahanna, OH, 43230. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Stephanie Spielman Breast Cancer Research Fund at OSU or to Hospice of Central Ohio.




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  • Janice Cooper says:

    My Love and prayers to you ALL.
    My loss to not have been able to know her well.
    I feel however, that I know her thru you.
    Janice MIL

  • Marlane Foor says:

    I am honored that I was mentioned as Kathy’s Certified Personal Trainer but she was not only a client she was also my dear friend! She always worked hard to stay strong even when she was feeling weak. I will miss our lunches, laughter and music chats. She is the only person I know that had the chance to see the Beatles! As I type this,Let It Be is playing on the radio, if that is not a sign from Kathy I don’t know what is. I will miss you so much! My prayers continue for Brian, Amy and everyone who knew and loved her.

  • Lisa says:

    Sending you love during this time.
    ❤️ The Skul’s

  • Kerry Wimsatt says:

    So sad to see this. Kathy was always a light to me while traveling on CA’s field trips. My deepest condolences to her loved ones and many, many friends.

  • Tiffany Rigsby says:

    Kathy was a wonderful teacher, a warm friend and a sensational person. There are many of us who share happy memories of her years at St. Tims. She will be missed. Her loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Tiffany (Valentino) Rigsby and Debi Valentino

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