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Kathryn Lee Gitch

kathryn  gitch

June 6, 1946 ~ June 17, 2024

Born in: New Hampton, Iowa
Resided in: Asheville, North Carolina

Kathryn Lee Gitch age 78 of Asheville, NC, formerly of Fredericksburg, IA died Monday, June 17, 2024, surrounded by her family.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at The United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg with Hugh Mackintosh officiating. Interment will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery, Fredericksburg.

Friends may greet the family from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at The United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg.

Kathryn Lee “Kathy” Gitch age 78 of Asheville, NC, formerly of Fredericksburg, IA died on June 17, 2024, the same day as her 57th wedding anniversary. Kathy grew up in Fredericksburg where she met her lifelong companion Gary Gitch. Their love story began with a simple walk home from a junior high dance and flourished into a beautiful marriage when they were wed at The United Methodist Church in their hometown. 

Gary and Kathy began their married life in Ames, IA and over the next several years they lived on various army bases which also included Gary’s time in Vietnam. Once Gary was out of the army, they began their nomadic adventure living in various locations across the United States. They eventually settled back in New Hampton for eight years and after living in Illinois and North Carolina they moved to California where they spent three joyous decades.

 As a devoted mother to Jonna, Jennifer, and Jolee, Kathy’s primary vocation was nurturing her children and creating a home filled with love and care. She balanced her role as a homemaker with various side jobs. Her work ethic and commitment to her family and community were unwavering. While in New Hampton, the whole family was very involved in Trinity Lutheran church. Kathy was also a dedicated member of PEO (a national social and philanthropic women’s organization) and was actively involved through most of her life. Kathy was always grateful for the lifelong friendships that developed through PEO. Kathy welcomed every opportunity to host friends and family in the spirit of giving and enjoying the company of those she loved. While in Simi Valley, Kathy and Gary dedicated their time and gifts to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. 

 Kathy’s interpersonal skills were unparalleled; she was a consummate conversationalist who genuinely enjoyed meeting new people. To her, no one was a stranger and she had the exceptional gift of being an attentive listener. Kathy’s friends and acquaintances cherished her presence, often remarking on her ability to make everyone feel special and valued. 

 Kathy knew how to celebrate every occasion big or small, surrounding everyone with fun and whimsical things – filling her home with teddy bears, anything apple-themed, a sweater or top for every holiday (matching earrings included), and loads of holiday decorations for every occasion (Christmas being an extra special time with decorations and lights galore). Kathy never missed an opportunity to send a thoughtful note or card to friends and family. Who could forget Kathy’s impeccable penmanship and cards filled with glitter, confetti, or stickers – all to make the recipient feel special and loved. Kathy transformed their guest bedroom into a Green Bay Packer-themed haven. Kathy loved spending time cheering on the Packers with Gary and enjoying what came to be annual reunions in Green Bay with their children, grandchildren, and extended family. 

A special name emerged for Kathy when the grandchildren were learning to talk and “Grandma Kathy” came out sounding more like Grandma “TT”. And so it was, she was endearingly called “TT” and she embraced it with great pride and affection. Kathy reveled in the joys of family life, with her world revolving around those precious bonds. Her grandchildren brought immense joy to her life, and she in turn was a source of endless love and encouragement for them.

Kathy Gitch will be remembered as a woman whose essence was characterized by selflessness, love, and thoughtfulness. Her legacy is one of unwavering dedication to her family and friends. 

Kathy is survived by her loving husband Gary Gitch, dear sister Patty Capitano, and cherished daughters Jonna (Chris) Naatz, Jennifer (Scott) Love, and Jolee (Brandon) Pellegrino. Kathy was overjoyed with love for her grandchildren Jacob Naatz, Lucas Naatz, Sam Naatz, Brody Pellegrino, Wyatt Love, Tilly Love, Lucy Pellegrino, Tyler Pellegrino, and nieces and nephews that she adored. 

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents John and Lois (Mallgren) Rich, sister Linda Edwards, granddaughter Margo Pellegrino, niece Marissa Capitano, and nephew Tony (Megan) Capitano and their children Lincoln and Kingsli.




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  1. To Kathy’s family ….My sincere heartfelt sympathy in your loss. May those “shining, laughing, loving ” eyes of Kathy’s continue to be a beacon of guidance and remembrance of the joy you all gave her life! Kathy was so beautiful inside and out! Such a special lady! ❤️
    Lifting you all in my prayers.🙏

  2. So, very sorr

    So, very saddened to learn of your loss cousin Gary and family. My sympathy, love and prayers for you all.
    Rest in peace Kathy.

    • So, very saddened to learn of your loss cousin Gary and family.
      My sympathy love and prayers for you all. Rest in peace Kathy.

  3. Sending love to your entire family at this time of loss and grief. What a blessed woman to have all of these beautiful grandchildren to carry her to her place of rest. I know she was well loved and loved well.

  4. Gary and family,
    Terry and I send our condolences at the death of your beloved Kathy. What a dear, sweet lady she always was!! Loved her kind manner and special girlish laughter that she graced us with. May God grant you peace and comfort in the coming days.

  5. Gary and family, our hearts are heavy to hear of Kathy’s passing. Know that Lance and I are sending prayers and sincere condolences to each of you. All who knew her will miss her smile and her soft calming voice and generous heart. Hugs to you all. 🙏🙏

  6. Gary and family, Patty, I am so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. Always kind and pleasant. Beautiful inside and out.

  7. My sincere sympathy to Kathy’s family! Heaven gained an angel and the reunion in heaven had to be joyful!


  8. Gary, Jonna, Jennifer, Jolee and families – So sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the memories of your mom and the love you shared bring comfort in the days ahead. She was a special person, and I remember her smile and laugh fondly.
    Merrilyn (Moetsch) Berg

  9. Oh my gosh. Kathy sure left an imprint on my heart forever. I had the pleasure of getting to visit with her when I worked at a Salon with Gayle. She was the happiest and the most kind woman. The world lost an amazing human. I’m so sorry. Big, warm hugs to the family. 🥺

  10. Gary, Jonna, Jennifer and Jolee,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My memories of Kathy are her friendly smile and genuine interest and care of others. May the memories you have bring comfort to you.

    God bless.

  11. Oh Gary, Tom and I are soooooo sorry to hear this. Kathy had such a beautiful heart. Truly a special person to everyone she met. I will always remember our earlier days together. She was truly someone I loved calling my friend. Such great memories of our days together! Prayers for your family!

  12. I know you will be missed Kathy. You were such a loving, giving, caring friend. I have missed you since I left Simi Valley. You have fought a good fight and have now gone to live with the angels. Say hello to Virginia for me. I’m so glad we met in water aerobics. And You are the reason I am now a PEO. Sarah and I talk about you often and Mia never fails to take her Halloween kitty purse with her for trick or treating. I love you Kathy and send my love and good thoughts to Gary and your girls and Grandchildren.
    Hugs, Sally

  13. Dearest Gitch Family,

    I transferred my P.E.O. membership to Chapter KK in Simi Valley a little over ten years ago. I was a mom of two young children and running my own business. Kathy was always there to uplift and support me in any mom challenges that I would run across. She always made me feel that she had truly missed me since we had last seen one another. She was ever a good-listener and a great hug-giver! I have to wonder, what kind of hug did she give when she met Jesus?

    I never feel like words can adequately convey condolences, in part, because words simply can’t cure the ache. I will continue to lift you all up in prayer through your grief. Please know all her P.E.O. sisters will be doing the same. She is greatly loved.

    Shantel Kuntuzos

  14. Kathy was a beautiful, talented Christian woman. As President of our P.E.O. Chapter, she set an example of skillfull leadership. She valued her family above all. To each of you, I send my heartfelt sympathy and love.

  15. Bernice Dedor Leisinger. So sorry to hear about Kathy. Our deepest sympathy. She was A Grand Lady.

  16. Dear Gary,
    Fred and I send you and your family our sincere sympathy at this time of loss and grief. I have many treasured memories of Kathy as we were growing up together in Fredericksburg. She was my dear, sweet friend. May God grant you comfort and hope for today and the days ahead.

  17. Gary & family. I send my condolences at the death of your beloved Kathy. May the memories of Kathy and the love you shared bring comfort in the days ahead. She was a special person and I remember her smile, laugh, generous heart, sweet lady! May God Grant you peace and comfort in the coming days!

  18. Kathy was a wonderful person. I always enjoyed seeing her at Holy Trinity Lutheran church. I always felt we had a shared bond with our cancer stories. She will be greatly missed.

  19. Dear Gitch Family
    So sorry for your loss of such a wonderful Lady. Kathy and Gary were our neighbors for over twenty years and so thankful to be blessed by God with such great people. Kathy was such a beautiful soul and I had so many laughs with her. Memories we will cherish forever. Love to all her beautiful daughters and their families and prayers to all… Rest in Peace Kathy until we meet again. Xoxoxo

  20. Gary and entire family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many memories of Kathy when growing up. May she rest in peace

  21. Sympathy and prayers to all the Gitch family. Kathy was such a fun and special friend in PEO and in working together for Dr. T’so in Libertyville. Our husbands both worked for Sara Lee. We’ve kept in touch over the years and I will miss her thoughtfulness and perfect handwriting on cards! Thinking of you all with love. Jan and Jerry

  22. Extending our most heartfelt sympathy to all of Kathy’s family. May she rest in eternal peace.

  23. I have so many happy memories of visiting and laughing together. Kathy so loved her grandchildren and was always talking about them. Kathy was a very dear friend and a Loving P.E.O. Sister.

  24. May the Lord wrap you in his arms as you grieve and your heart be filled with joy knowing she’s wrapped in her Saviour’s embrace.

  25. I am sorry to hear about Kathy passing away. I have many good and interesting memories of our high school years while living with her and the Rich family. She was a great mom and that was why Patty and I ask Kathy and Gary to take our kids if something happened to both of us. My thoughts and prayers go out to Gary and the family.

  26. Gary and Family
    Sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. We remember Kathy from the Sara Lee holiday parties. She was always kind and easy to talk to. We will keep your family in our prayers.
    Bob and Cyndy Weiglein

  27. Gary, Jonna, Jennifer, Jolee and family please accept our deepest sympathy. We will always remember Kathy for her amazing and loving personality. Kathy was a beautiful lady. She loved her family dearly. We will always cherish the times we spent with Kathy in Sierra Vista, AZ. May she rest in eternal peace. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

    Greg and Juliann Brzozowski
    Bethel Park, PA

  28. Dear Gitch Family,
    Please know that you all our in our thoughts and prayers.
    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    With love,
    Doug and Carolyn Love

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  30. So sorry to hear this! When they lived in NH I remember going to their house with Jennifer and she was always so welcoming! Hugs, thoughts, and prayers go out to the entire family!

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