Kathleen C. Darr, 54, of Fremont, OH passed away peacefully, on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Cleveland Clinic, with her husband, Ron, of thirty-two years by her side. She was born on February 13, 1964 in Fremont, the daughter of Gene and Kay (Thomsen) Courtney. She was a 1982 graduate of St. Joseph Central Catholic High School.
Kathleen married Ronald S. Darr on October 26, 1985 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. She first worked as a sales clerk at Swint Reineck Hardware. She then worked at Finishing Touch Gallery as the manager. Kathleen went on to work as the craft director at Campfire. Lastly, she owned and operated KC Darr Studios, as a freelance artist, from her home for over ten years.
Kathleen was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Kathleen was a Campfire leader where she served on the Board of Directors and was also a Cub Scout leader.
Kathleen enjoyed arts and crafts, one of her favorite works was a mural she painted in the bathroom at the westside Dairy Queen in Fremont. Her greatest joy was being a stay at home mom and raising her family whom she loved. You will remember her most as a professional volunteer and for her service at the playground, being a scout leader and as a SJCC band mom. Kathleen enjoyed family vacations, driving by the lake and working on her historic house on Tiffin Street. She loved spending time with her family and friends, her cats and researching her family genealogy.
Kathleen is survived by her husband, Ronald S. Darr, Fremont, OH; children, Katie (Nate) Richter, Gibsonburg, OH, Michael (Desaree) Darr, Fremont, OH and Caroline Darr, Cleveland, OH; mother, Kay (Burk) Courtney Tischler, Fremont, OH; siblings, Beth (Casey) VanFleet, Bellevue, OH, Peggy Courtney, Woodville, OH, Jennifer (Joe) Ziebold, Elmore, OH; father and mother-in-law, Raymond and Dorothy Darr, Fremont, OH; sisters-in-law, Cathy (Norm) Selvey, Fremont, OH, Karen (Bob “No Apple Pie”) Staudinger, Oregon, OH; brothers-in-law, Randy (Leslie) Darr, Fremont, OH and Roger (Jen) Darr, Findlay, OH; many loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gene Courtney; niece Samantha Rodriguez and brother-in-law, Rick Darr.
Visitation: Thursday from 2 – 8 pm with a Vigil at 7:30 pm at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E. State St, Fremont, OH.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, April 27, 2018, 10:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 709 Croghan St, Fremont, OH.
Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Bishop Hoffman Catholic Schools.
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John and Chery Weksh
Our sincere condolences to the Darr family. We were privileged to have known Kathleen for a very short time. She was a lovely woman and child of God. Prayers and hugs to all.
Love and peace, John and Cheryl Welsh
May God comfort you all as you remember your mother’s life. Her journey is over but she will be missed. Hugs for Katie, Caroline, and Michael.
Dense Lindenberger Armbruster
Keeping you and yours in thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss….
Dense Lindenberger Armbruster
Keeping you and your family always in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.
Deepest condolences to all of the Darr family; especially our colleagues Ron & Mike – – from your Green Bay Packaging Work Family
John & Diane Smith
Dear Ron & Family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Kathleen. Our prayer is in asking God to hold you especially close and comforting you. We are saddened that we will not be able to make the services as we are out of state. We send our love. John and Diane Smith.
I am so sorry all of our prayers of healing didn’t work this time. I am so sad to hear of Kathleen’s passing. It breaks my heart. What a wonderful person and terrific artist. Words just can’t express my sorrow. May Heaven be even more than she expected; may she be happier than she ever has been at the sight of God. Bless you, Kathleen. You were a treasure to those of us that knew you, and still are.
John and Brenda Havens
To the Darr and Courtney Family!
You are all in my thoughts and prayers at the very sad time. I am so thankful to work beside Peggy each day and she has shared many beautiful stories of your dear Kathleen. John and I both will continue to pray for all of you. Remember her kind and giving spirit in all you do!
Deacon Norbert A. Wethington, PhD
Ron and Family:
My prayer is that only the very best of blessings are heading your way. I would have volunteered to do the Vigil Service on Thursday but Marti and I are leaving — the day before — on Wed 25 for three weeks in Europe including visits to Rome, Fatima and Santiago de Compostela. I wil make sure Father Tad, who we will be visiting, knows of Kathleen’s call to glory.
Deacon Norb and Marti Wethington
Charlie & Dee Darr
We are so very sorry to hear of Kathleen passing!! Such a very strong lady!! We will see you at the funeral!! Your in our thoughts & prayers!! Uncle Charlie & Aunt Dee
Donna Durst and Roger Dick
Kay and family,
Our sincere condolences on the passing of Kathleen. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Cherish your precious memories.
To the Darr and Cortney families: I am so sorry for your loss of Kathleen; you have my deepest sympathies, she will be very missed by many. I will especially miss her smile and happy spirit; she was one strong and courageous woman, that I was lucky to have called my friend! She is now a beautiful Angel at Gods right hand, full of peace and joy! May happy and loving memories carry you through these difficult days ahead!
To: Darr and Courtney families
We are so sorry to hear of Kathleen’s passing. She will truly be missed here on Earth, but has gained her eternal peace and comfort in heaven. She now will enjoy the artistry and love of our Heavenly Father. May your families draw closer to Our Lord as you grieve together. God bless you all as you share her beautiful, life memories.
Love to all,
Sam and Luann Derr
My heart just sank when I read the news. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. There are no words that can take away your pain and grief, but thankfully we believe in a Heavenly Father who is holding her ever so lovingly right now. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all.
Connie Gabel Twiss
I was so sorry to hear of Kathleen’s passing – she was such a bright & shining star & her crafts were amazing – all of the Darr & Courtney family are in my thoughts & prayers- Heaven gained an angel.
Julie (Ritchart) Aldrich
No…. Mrs.C and all of Kathleen’s family, I am so so to see this. Please know my thoughts and prayers are there for you . May you find comfort and peace knowing she will always be in your heart.
Mrs. Tischler, Beth, Peggy, Karen and families,
I’m so sorry to hear about Kathleen’s passing. May God wrap his around your whole family as you go through this difficult time. Many prayers for all of you.
Gina (Sattler) Harger
john & Amy Carrpenter
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ron, Mike and family. May God bless and comfort all of you. John & Amy Carpenter
Steve & Nancy Pfefferle
Prayers to all
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you Ron, and all of your family.
Andy and June Rich
I was very sadden by the news of Kathleen’s passing. I only knew her through the DAR, but she was a very nice woman and I enjoyed talking to her.
My prayers are with you all.
Doug & Janet Ink family
To Katie & family,
Please know you and your family are in our prayers. May you find comfort in God’s love.
My heart just droped when I found out about this.
Thanks for all the great laughs Miss. Kathleen and helping me thought my first year at Camp Fire and showing me all the different ways to express yourself with art. Not only did you help me but you help all those kids find their sparks with art. My thoughts and prayers are with her kids,husband and the rest of her family. You will be missed sweet lady!
Ron, Katie & Nate, Michael & Desaree, Caroline & Alex…
Words cannot express how saddened we are. Kathleen was such a blessing to us. God knew what he was doing when He brought us all together as friends… Kathleen and I used to talk about that frequently! Our thoughts are with you in this very difficult time.
Anne & Erin
I was so very sorry to hear about Kathleen’s passing. I have no words. May God bless and keep you during this time.
Nizar, Zane, Leila and Sara Daiber-Salhi
Mrs. Vickie Avery
The world will miss this kind woman. I’m so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
So sad to hear of Kathleen’s passing. She was a kind hearted and gentle, loving woman. Her beautiful soul will be most welcome in Heaven. Sincere condolences and prayers to the whole Darr family.
I was so sad to hear of Kathleen’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family
Antoinette (Toni) Shilling
To the Darr and Courtney family….I am so sorry to hear of Kathleen’s passing. She is certainly in the arms of Jesus. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
My Deepest Sympathy to all of the Families.
So young to leave all of you. My heart is so sad for all of you. Peggy Courtney….Iam here for you Always….
I Love you Girl.♡
Beth Babione Hensley
So sorry, Ron and family for Kathleen’s passing. Prayers for the whole family.
Ron and family,
We are sorry for your loss. If there is anything Bill and I can do, please let us know. We are praying for all of you and are confident God will give you the strength and comfort needed each day. Bill and LeAnn Brown
Ken & Marlene Olsen
Dear Ron & Family:
There are no words that can express what our hearts are feeling at the loss of Kathleen. What an absolute sweetheart every time we saw her. This is so hard to believe, but, God has plans for us all and he must of needed another Angel with her talents.
God Bless you and your family.
Lori Esker Warner
To the Courtney and Darr Families –
I am so saddened to see the passing of Kathleen. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Lori Esker Warner
Kenn Bower & Jennifer Young-Bower
We send our sincere condolences to the Darr family and those who loved Kathleen. Sending thoughts and prayers for your wonderful memories to help you find peaceful hearts to help you through this time of sorrow.
Tim and Paula Cullen
Let us celebrate the moments that brought happiness to her and live a life that honors how she lived: with honesty, creativity, deep loyalty to family, unending faith and a forever love for her spouse. Sending love from far away until we can share a hug in person.
To my friend, Peggy, and her sweet daughters… I am so sorry about the loss of your dear sister and aunt. I hope that you will find strength through the love of good friends and family. May you also find comfort through your faith and God’s Love.
Keep the special memories you all have close to your hearts forever
Associated Buyers Inc.
To The Darr and Courtney Family
May loving memories bring comfort to you in this time of sadness.
With Deepest Sympathy
Associated Buyers Employees and Their Families
Edward, Sandra and Donald L. Schultz
Annette Godfred Lindenberger
Ron and Family ~
I am so sorry to hear of Kathleen’s passing. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. We now have another angel watching over us.
There are not enough words to say how wonderfully Kathleen’s life impacted us all. Hold onto each other and your memories and trust God. Know that while your tears are flowing, all heaven rejoices. Love and prayers for all.
Kevin and Nancy Risner and family
Faye and Richard Sattler
To the Darr and Courtney family; We were saddened to hear of Kathleen’s passing. May God give you His peace and comfort in knowing she is in His loving hands. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Faye and Richard Sattler
Cindy (Ewanski) Heath
My deepest sympathy to your family. I will keep all of you in my prayers in the coming days.
Chuck and Darcy Setzler
Dear Ron and family,
Our condolences to all of you. May the strength of your faith and support of your spiritual family, especially our church, comfort you during this difficult time, as it has for Kathleen throughout her challenging life. God bless all of you!
Bill and Joan Egbert
Ron and family,
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. One of the many things we will remember about Kathleen is the warm, caring, and inviting smile she had for everyone, something she amazing passed on to her family.
It may be difficult to do at this time, but always remember she will be with all of us who knew her and her family through your smiles.
My sincere condolences. Kathleen was one of the most selfless, sweetest and nicest woman I have ever known. I worked with Kathleen for many years out at Camp Fire. I never heard her complain about anything. Her heart was as big as the whole out doors. I will miss her smiling face. I will the treasure the many memories I have of her and her family. May God bless you Ron and family, and may he give you strength to live with all the loving memories you all shared.
Jim Quaintance and family
thoughts and prayers to you on your loss. I know that our dad always liked her very much and now they will be together in Heaven. so sorry.
After hearing encouraging news that Kathleen was doing better, the news of her passing was especially hard to take, Ron and I have been friends ever since the Sunday morning we met helping put chairs away after a Mass in the St. Joe gym. And The bond between Pam and Kathleen was made even stronger by the dreaded disease they shared. We all have one more angel looking down upon us now, and as much as we mourn her passing, we need to rejoice at the end of her suffering.
No way is she not with Jesus now!
Laurie Burkett Merrill
I was so sad to hear about the passing of Kathleen. She was such a wonderful person inside and out. I enjoyed conversing with her on Facebook about family and ancestry. She really knew her stuff about family members from the past and how we are all related somehow. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ron and their children and family and friends. She is now rejoicing in heaven with God. It is time to celebrate her life. Kathleen, give Rick a hug for me when you see him in heaven.
Stephen & Julie (Darr) Robb
Thoughts and prayers to the Darr family, so sorry to heard the passing of Kathleen, only talked to her a few times, via email, she seemed like a gentle soul. God Bless till we meet again.
Kathleen did the mural in our toddler room at First Presbyterian’s Rainbow Station . I will forever think of her and her dedication to her work, everytime I walk into that room. Know that our prayers for comfort are with you.
Ron, I’m so sad to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and the family. Leanna (Eaken) Kiser
Stacy Woodruff George
I am so very sorry to hear of Kathleen’s passing. My heart is breaking for all of you. I pray happy memories of Kathleen bring you comfort today and always. Know that you are all in my prayers. May God hold you close and help heal your heart.
Mary M. Wagner-Robinson
I enjoyed working with Kathleen at the DAR house with our Super Sleuthing projects. As a fellow sister in the Col. Geo.Croghan chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution,Fremont, I can say she was a wonderful ,patriotic, artistic sister. Always a good people person,ready to help. Peace is found in the presence of the Lord. She is at peace with him.
Lori (Schumm) Misner
To the Darr and Courtney families,
Many thoughts and prayers for you all. Kathleen was my son’s Den Mother. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer, more loving leader. Such a beautiful, kind soul.
Kris Menden Mitchell
Dear Darr and Courtney Families,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Katie, Michael, and Caroline, I know it is so hard losing your mother so young. Kathleen inspired me to belatedly get on Facebook so I could see her posted pics of our ancestors. Peace and healing to you all,
Kris Menden Mitchell
Completely overwhelmed by this sad news. I had such marvelous conversations with her at family reunions and on FB; she will be missed by many. Ron & Darr / Courtney families, my thoughts are of you. Best wishes for strength and comfort during this difficult time…
Diane (Dannemiller) Buck
To the Darr and Courtney families,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kathleen was well loved and respected.
She had great character and a big heart. May you all find comfort in knowing that
she is now rejoicing in heaven with God.
My sympathy for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!
Patrice (Cook) Beauchemin
Dear Ron and family,
I am so saddened to hear the news of Kathleen’s passing. I have so many fond memories of her in high school. She was a dear friend. I am thinking of you during this difficult time and hope you find peace and comfort in those around you. You are in my prayers.
Joyce and Erin
Please accept our sincere condolences for the passing of your wife and mother, Kathleen. We enjoyed representing her artwork at Artists-N-Cahoots for the past few years. May God comfort you during this difficult time.