Katy Christopherson, 96, passed away on October 23, 2017 after thoroughly enjoying and making use of almost every minute of her 96 trips around the sun. She was preceded in death by her husband of 74 years, William M. Christopherson, and her parents Rosie and Pat Donley. Katy was born on July 8, 1921 in Hiram, Ohio where she attended Hiram College 22 years after her parents completed their academic training there. Given the Depression, Katy took her first job offer as the librarian at City Hospital of Akron, Ohio. Fortunately, they maintained a basic collection of medical texts and journals and there she met Dr. Christopherson (Chris), an intern who still managed to spend a lot of time in the library chatting up the librarian. They married and while Chris served as a Battalion surgeon in the European Theatre of War, Katy worked at the Akron War Housing Office, then the U.S. Navy Offices of Goodyear Aircraft. After the war while Chris returned for a two-year residency, Katy worked in the Business & Labor Division of the Akron Public Library University. In 1948, Chris joined the Department of Pathology of Louisville’s School of Medicine and Katy plunged into the League of Women Voters, where she served as president of the Louisville League (1958-1960) and the Kentucky League (1960-1962). In 1964, she became a director of the League of Women Voters of the United States and served as first vice president from 1966-1975. Simultaneously, she served as secretary of the League’s Education Fund (1964-1966) and then as a trustee until 1970. Katy was also trustee of the League of Women Voters Overseas Education Fund from 1964 to 1968, a director from 1968 to 1970 and finally president from 1970-1976. She thoroughly enjoyed her work with the fund as she focused on helping women (particularly in Latin America) organize themselves to solve their problems and overcome barriers to their full participation in the social, political and economic lives of their societies.
Katy’s governmental interests resulted in a variety of assignments from 1956-60; the Health & Welfare Council’s (Secretary), Louisville Geriatric Center (President), Citizens Advocate Center (Director), Citizens Metropolitan Planning Council (Director), Overseas Development Council (Director), and as a Member of the National Committee on U.S. China Relation where she served as a director from 1971 to 2012 and served as board secretary and chairman of membership from 1973 to 2007. During her tenure with the Committee she was instrumental in helping to arrange President Richard Nixon’s breakthrough diplomatic trip to China. Separately, at the request of the governor, Katy worked on the Campaign Funding Advisory Committee which resulted in the state’s office supervising campaign finance. In 1970, she served on a Jefferson County Improvement Committee focusing on ethics in local government.
At the logical end of her civic career, Katy’ interests turned to quilt making and as was her way, served on the Board of the Organization of Louisville Nimble Thimbles and of the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society. As a Director of the National Quilting Association, Katy was responsible for the quilt judge’s certification program.
From this long list of accomplishments, honors and activities (which we parred down!), it is obvious that Katy loved life and people loved Katy. Besides her superior intellect, Katy was also known for her non-judgmental nature; her passion for recycling; her love of flowers (orchids in particular); her one woman mission to keep the post office in business by refusing to adopt email; sending newspaper clippings to all her loved ones on subjects she knew they would find of interest; her love of Christmas and giving gifts and most of all for her love for her son, Walter, his wife Catherine and her precious grandchildren, Emma and Will (who lovingly referred to her as Bemama which she later figured out meant Big Mama); her sons from other mothers, Robin Muir and Richard Hopkins, and her best friend, Monica Orr.
Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at her son’s residence.
Finally, she was so very thankful for the care and love of all the staff at Treyton Oak Towers requesting that in lieu of flowers remembrances can be made to the Treyton Oak Employees Christmas fund. As she remarked recently, her headstone should read that “She left unfinished.”
Rinehart, Ann Smith
Ann Smith Rinehart, 99, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2017 at the Episcopal Church Home in Louisville. She was preceded in death by her parents Azzie, Easterling Kemp and James Smith, and by the love of her life, Hudson B. Rinehart. Ann was born on November 21, 1917 in Carriere, Mississippi, then moved to and was raised in Bogalusa, Louisiana. She graduated from The Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial School of Nursing. She served our country as an Army Lieutenant where she met Lieutenant Hudson Rinehart in basic training. Ann served as a hospital nurse during World War II in the South Pacific in New Guinea and the Philippines. She also worked for many years at Norton Hospital as a Licensed Social Worker. Ann belonged to Owl Creek Country Club and was an avid golfer, a founding member of St. Mark United Methodist Church, a founding member of the Compass Club and a member of PEO.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Betty Radmacher, Barbara Plenge (Steve) and Diane Book; grandchildren, Kelly Pugh (Tom), Kara Smart (John), Kent Plenge, Sarah Banta (Robert), B. Frank Radmacher IV, Rachael Ward (Matt) and Peter Book; great-grandchildren, Andrew and Grace Smart, Elizabeth Pugh and Hayden, Brynn and Sloane Banta.
Ann led by example by being a great wife, mother and by working outside of the home. She loved her family, friends, golf, baking, gardening and having fun! Her faith was a big part of her life, and she lived by it every day. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Episcopal Church Home for their exemplary care and kindness. The funeral service was held Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 4611 Lowe Road. A private graveside service was held. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Ann’s honor to the Episcopal Church Home, St. Mark United Methodist Church or the PEO Educational Fund.