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Katherine "Katie" (Bireley) Cass, 95, Martinsville, formerly of West Middleton, passed away at 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at her daughter's home. She was born Dec. 14, 1921, in Kokomo, the daughter of the late Carroll Milton Bireley and Ona Mae Vanita (Norris) Bireley. On Nov. 15, 1941, she married Glen M. Cass, in Kokomo, who preceded her in death May 22, 2002.
Katherine attended Kokomo High School. In 1966, she graduated from the first class of the Kokomo School of Practical Nursing. She worked for various employers such as Kroger, A&P Grocery, Haynes Stellite, along with several local nursing homes, and as a private duty nurse. She was a member of West Middleton United Methodist Church and the Women's Society of Christian Service.
Katherine is survived by her children, Leslie A. (Linda L.) Cass, Ocala, Florida, Daniel R. (Linda K.) Cass, St. Petersburg, Florida, and Karen L. (Scott P.) Granger, Martinsville; grandchildren, Cynthia (Dan) O'Dell, Robert (Jill) Cass, Patti Taylor, Marshall (Lisa) Cass, Brian Granger, Sarah (Michael) Horstmeyer; great-grandchildren, Paige (Luke) Eichelkraut, Travis O'Dell, Alexandra Cass, Kyla Taylor, Dawson Taylor, Mason Cass, and Lanikai Cass; sister, Joan Belser, Columbus; along with several nieces and nephews.
Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, Glen; parents; sister, Mable "Pat" Frey; brother, Omer Max Bireley; and granddaughter, Cynthia O'Dell.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at Stout & Sons Funeral Home, 200 East Main Street, Russiaville, with Pastor Jack R. Duckworth officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Katherine's memory to Kindred Hospice, 5550 South East Street, Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46227. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.stoutandson.com.
Published on August 26, 2017
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