CORTLAND - Katherine Ann Laase, 74, passed away on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren following a brief illness.
Kathy was born Nov. 16, 1939, in Martins Ferry, to the late William and Elizabeth Kapochy Kantzes.
Kathy graduated from St. John Central High School in Bellaire in 1957. She married her husband, Donald Laase, on Aug. 17, 1963. Kathy had worked for many years as an office manager for the Wheeling Clinic and Dr. John Vlad's office in Warren.
Kathy was an avid knitter and was a member of the Knitty Witters knitting group. Kathy enjoyed traveling, especially to Myrtle Beach and loved to bake cookies with her nieces and attending exercise classes at Curves. Kathy had a special place in her heart for animals and she especially loved all of her nieces and nephews.
Kathy is survived by her husband of 51 years, Donald Laase of Cortland; brother, Jim (Crystal) Kantzes of Wakeman; four nieces, one nephew; seven great-nieces, one great-nephew; and her cats, Domino and Toby.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Calling hours will be held 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel, 164 North High Street, Cortland.
A private burial will be in Hillside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Kathy to the Diabetes Support Group at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, Attn: Diabetes Education Department, 1350 East Market St., Warren, Ohio 44483.
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