Kathryn Wohlers

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Kathryn R. (Marvin) Wohlers, after living 94 years, died peacefully at her home in Chehalis, Wash., on Sept. 14, 2010. Kittee was born Feb. 6, 1916, in Winamac Ind., the second of three children.

She is survived by her sister, Rosemary Farver. Her brother, Melvin, preceded her in death. The Wohlers made their home in several different areas of the U.S. prior to settling in College Place in 1962. Despite hardships during the Depression, she developed a positive outlook honed throughout her life. Her husband, John D. Wohlers, preceded her in death in 1995. She is survived by her children, J. Robert Wohlers (Earlene) of Chehalis, William R. Wohlers (Rita) of Collegedale, Tenn., and Karen Y. Boulton (Michael), of Mill Valley, Calif. Also surviving her are five grandchildren Wendy Kleppe (Kurt), Nicole Kiger (Doug), Jon Wohlers (Naomi), Jason Wohlers (Kathleen) and Jeremy Wohlers. Kittee is also survived by six great-grandchildren and beloved nieces and nephews.

Kittee's hobbies included sewing, needlework and reading but she is possibly best remembered for her efficiency. She organized and alphabetized everything and used this skill to endear herself to those who employed her as proofreader, secretary and College Store manager. She was one of those rare women who could raise a family, work full-time, keep an immaculate house, entertain guests on short notice and maintain her sanity. After her retirement about 30 years ago, Kittee was a "Pink Lady" volunteer at Walla Walla General Hospital, a cashier for College Place Community Services and she helped with mailings for Walla Walla University.

Friends were very important to Kittee. Phone calls were a favorite way of communicating with those dear to her. She remembered her loved ones with notes and birthday cards and treasured the cards and letters from others.

Kittee Wohlers will be remembered for her winning smile, her loyalty and her love of family. A celebration of life service will be held Sept. 24 at 3 p.m., in the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, 715 S.E. 12th St. in College Place. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Blue Mountain Television, 1200 S.E. 12th St, Suite 2, College Place, WA 99324.

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