Catherine's Story

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Catherine I. Kimberling passed away the morning of Dec. 24, 2017, peacefully in her sleep of natural causes. She was 98 years old. Born April 21, 1919, in Monticello, Indiana, to Clifford H. and Elsie O. (Fisher) Reprogle. On July 4, 1937, in Logansport, she married her childhood sweetheart, William E. Kimberling. She was devastated at his death on Oct. 22, 1999, but was thankful for the 62 years they had together.
She was a stay-at-home wife and mother. When her children were growing up, they were some of the happiest years of her life. When she and her sister, Athalia, were children, they sang at a number of places, including, among others, the opening of Ideal Beach (now Indiana Beach) at age 7, and the radio station WLS, Chicago at age 9. While her husband served in World War II, she was a member of Civil Defense. She is a past member of the Hammond Christian Church, the Kokomo PTA, Pocahontas, the Happy-Go-Lucky Euchre Club, and the Eagles, which very kindly awarded her a guest membership upon her husband's death. She also worked for the Red Cross, the Cancer Society, and served on the election board several times.
She was an avid reader of history and enjoyed oil painting, crocheting, knitting, sewing, and interior decorating. She was especially fond of the many trips she and her husband had taken all across the U.S., as well as the many ballroom dances they had attended.
Catherine is survived by her daughter, Elsie A. Smith and spouse Donald, Florida; her son, William C. Kimberling, who retired home from Washington, District of Columbia; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, all of Kokomo; two nieces in Logansport and Lafayette; three nephews in Logansport and Flora; and a special nephew, Dr. W.J. Kimberling of Omaha, Nebraska.
Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, sister, stepgrandson, William H. Hartman Sr., and a special niece, Oneda McFatridge, Logansport, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Final respects may be paid to Catherine from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Ellers Mortuary, Main Street Chapel. 725 S. Main St. Services will begin at 2 p.m., with burial to follow at Crown Point Cemetery.
You may visit www.ellersmortuarywebster.com to sign the guestbook, or to leave a condolence for the family.
Published on December 28, 2017
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