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Kathryn Ann Hook
Kathryn Ann HookMusicNotesKathryn Ann Speyer Hook, age 82 of Richwood, died late Monday evening April 7, 2008 at the Arbors in Delaware.  She was born in Richwood on March 13, 1926, the daughter of Paul and Madonna (Maddex) Speyer.  She went to Richwood-Claibourne Schools (As they were known before consolidation).  She graduated in 1944, shortly before her marriage to William Woodrow Hook.  He was born Feb 3, 1922 and passed away in 1992.

Bill and Kathryn Ann are survived by three sons, David Paul (Theresa), Larry William and John Kevin, all of Richwood; three grandchildren, Lisa (Matt) Brenner; Bradley Hook; John Hook; three great-grandchildren, Jillian, Lauren and Addison; a brother P. J. (Ellen) Speyer, Richwood; a sister Sarah (Al) Habinak, Houston; and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Michael Lee.

She was raised primarily on the farm, since her father was a farmer, but after her marriage in Norfolk, Virginia (where her husband Bill was stationed while serving in the Navy) she entered the business world.  She worked for many years with the State Health Dept. in Columbus, and then worked for the accounting office at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.  She spent several years as secretary of the former Marblcast Company in Richwood.  The last 21 years of her ‘formal’ working life were spent with her husband and her boys, as owners and managers of the Richwood Furniture store.  She also played organ for Stofcheck Funeral Home in Richwood and later in LaRue.

During the time she was a ‘working woman’, she was also a wife, mother and public figure in her own right, giving of her time, energy, musical talent and cooking ability to myriad causes, including The Grange, Treasurer for Union County Democrats, President of Ladies’ Guild of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in LaRue, Organist for St. Joseph’s Church for 45 years, Music Club of Richwood, Girl Scout and Troop Leader, Carpe Diem Literary Club, and helped with Richwood Park Days where she ran the cake auction for many years.

Although she had given generously of her time to her community, she also knew how to have a good time.  She loved to travel and go on cruises.  She had been known to play a mean game of pinochle, and was equally adept at euchre.  She belonged to the former ‘Bridgettes’ bridge club, but since the demise of the club, she played with a group of friends regularly at her home.  She was a most gracious hostess.  The ladies took turns bringing the munchies, but Katie always had something in reserve in case someone forgot.  A friend had said that she was equally as gracious when losing as when winning.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 10:30 AM in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Marysville with Rev. David A. Poliafico officiating.  Burial will follow in Price Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 to 8 PM on Friday at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood where a Rosary Service will be held at 7:45.

Memorial Gifts may be made to REAP at 235 Grove St. Richwood, Ohio 43344 or Richwood Park, 286 S. Franklin St., Richwood, OH  43344.  Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballingerfuneralhome.com

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#1 from: Steven Adamowski
Norwalk, Ohio
Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Larry and family
I am so Sorry to hear of your loss.

#2 from: larry nibert
Wed, Apr 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM

She was a nice lady to talk to see will be missed

#3 from: Paul(Gene) & Joanne Tevis
Lake Wales, Fl
Wed, Apr 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Our sympathy goes out to the Hook and Speyer family in the loss of their mother and sister.  We have known Kathryn for many years and bought lots of furniture from her when she was in business, she was a good lady.

Paul and Joanne Tevis

#4 from: Ila LaRue
Richwood, OH
Wed, Apr 9, 2008 at 2:45 PM

We will miss Kathryn Ann and her kindness, and the comeraderie of our sessions of cards, gossip and general gaiety.  She was loved and will be missed greatly.

#5 from: George Ferguson
Brooksville Fl. 34604
Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Iam so sorry to hear about your Mother Kathryn.She was a true friend of mine.You have my deepest condolenes your friends George&colleen Ferguson.

#6 from: Sue Clem
Richwood, OH
Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Darwin got to know Kathryn serving with her on the MRDD board and I got to know her through the Democatric party(she was such an organizer)and we both enjoyed talking to her at the furnitre store. We both thought she was a very special lady. Our prayer and thoughts are with the family and she will be missed by all of us. Darwin and Sue Clem

#7 from: Lisa (Anderson) Lester
Kenton OH
Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Kevin, Larry & David – My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Your mother was a wonderful lady.   I apologize that I was not aware of Kathryn Ann being at Arbors.  My mother, Barbara (Anderson) Wilson has been for 21 yrs.   I’m sure they took very good care of your mom during her stay.    I would like to have said hello to her.  I know it may sound silly, but I recall your mother’s raspy voice very clearly. Kind of like a Kathryn Hupurn'tis tone. I loved hearing her talk.  She was a great neighbor and friend.  She even roped me into one of her U.C. Democratic ladies meetings.  Which of course being a very Republican family went over well…..  But then again I was very young at the time and have changed my way of thinking… ha ha  May God hold you all in His Circle of Love during this time and always.  Love to all Lisa (Anderson) Lester

#8 from: Kay Anderson
Abilene, Texas
Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 12:06 PM

David, Larry, and Kevin. We lived next to your Mom on Ottawa for several years and she always had a great big heart, as well as a huge bowl of candy at Halloween. We pray for your comfort and know that she is at peace.
Dawn "Kay" Anderson Valfre

#9 from: Leslie Hagenlocker Willis
Conway, Arkansas
Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Larry and Family,  Was sorry to hear of your mother's passing.  I can remember her playing the piano and cards at our house when we lived in Richwood.  She was a good friend to my mother after we moved to Arkansas.  Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.  

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