Kathleen Ann Fite
June 18, 1952 – June 3, 2019
FITE Kathleen Ann (nee Hamilton), age 66 of Cincinnati, passed away Monday, June 03, 2019. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul G. Hamilton. Kathy is survived by her beloved husband of 32 years, Robert S. Fite; daughter, Kristen M. Fite (Everett Merling); mother, Nina R. (Crawford) Hamilton; siblings, Ken (Kim) Hamilton, and Sue (Dan) Tong; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, loved ones, and lots of lifelong friends.
Kathy graduated from Belmont High School and Miami University. She taught both junior and senior high school home economics for 16 years before health issues made an early retirement necessary. As much as she enjoyed teaching, the part of her life that she loved most was being a wife to Bob and mother to Kristen. She did everything for her family. Kathy never let any obstacle get in the way of being the best mother and wife that she could be.
She was a generous and gregarious person who never knew a stranger. She was beloved in her community and made an impact on many of her former students and their families. Kathy had varied interests in everything from art, literature, music, needle-arts, photography and sewing to cooking, baking and travel. She was the original Martha Stewart. Kathy enjoyed and loved her pets. Kathy just loved life. She made us all better people by just knowing her.
A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Corinth Presbyterian Church; 4269 Corinth Boulevard, Dayton, OH, 45410. Rev. Dr. Herbie Miller officiating. Visitation will take place from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, Kathy’s family asks that you make a donation in her memory to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be expressed at www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.
- Visitation Saturday, June 15, 2019
- Celebration of Life Service Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kathleen Ann Fite
June 9, 2019
You are at peace now. I remember we went to the same grade school and high school. We graduated together in 1970. I will remember all the great times we had as friends. I will remember the visit I had with you at Heartland of Beavercreek.
June 6, 2019
You’ve left us too soon dear friend, but our lives are richer for having known you. How lucky for me that I got to know you right after you joined the faculty of DPHS. Your delightful sense of humor and ready laugh made you so much fun to be around. You gave me many rides home in your fire engine red Trans Am and we would often sit in the driveway and talk just a little longer. And we’d laugh too, of course. That’s a memory I will cherish.
Kathy, you always put others’ needs before your own and your thoughtfulness was boundless. So often you would show up with a gift or a prepared dish—arriving empty-handed was not the way you operated. You always gave of yourself and for the rest of us that is a priceless gift.
May you be at peace.
Roseanna and Ted Shaw
June 6, 2019
It was our sincere pleasure to teach with Kathy at Deer Park. We cherished her friendship, her quick wit, and bubbly laughter. She was an excellent and intelligent teacher and quite the avid book reader. In earlier days there were 4 of us at Deer Park High School including Kathy who were expecting babies all at the same time. Of those 4 children born, 3 were boys and Kathy and Bob had the only girl. We teacher parents all bonded via our children. Our son, Jefferson remembered what a great, kind, and fun field trip mom she always was. Kathy and Bob's bright and lovely daughter Kristy was the light of their lives. Ted and I had the enjoyment of teaching Kristy in junior honors and senior A.P. English. Kristy was the scholar blend of two amazing parents and showed this as valedictorian of her 2008 class. In Kathy's enthusiastic and gracious presence, you always knew that you were being highly valued for whatever was being discussed. That was her special gift to us all.
June 5, 2019
Sweet Kathy, I will always remember your sweet stories, your beautiful face and smile, that infectious laughter, along with your immense kind heart; as well as our fun conversations over the many years. You loved life and all those around you. Your family was the light of your life. The barn days with Kristy riding horses, you and Bob so proud of your lovely daughter, these will be only a few of the cherished memories I will always hold close and dear to my heart. You were an angel here on earth. The only thing that has changed is now you have your wings.
We know you will be watching after all of us.
With love, fond affection, your forever friend,
Mary W. Dobrin
June 5, 2019
Kathy was my Home Economics teacher in high school and I had the pleasure of knowing her later in my life when our children were in the same class and played on the same sport teams. She was one of the most gracious and welcoming people I have ever met. She leaves a very accomplished daughter and newly retired husband. I wish you both light in the darkness and know that I will be throwing hugs at you from Deer Park.