Sarah Kathern "Kathy" Walters
March 18, 1938 – March 29, 2018
Sarah Kathern “Kathy” Walters, 80, of Minier, IL passed away at 9:11 pm Thursday, March 29, 2018 at her second home in Yuma, TN.
She was born March 18, 1938 in Monticello, Kentucky, the daughter of Lewis and Lula Troxell Walters.
Kathy is survived by two daughters, Kimberly (Tim) Christianson Kennedy of Bloomingdale, IL and Sarah (Joe) Erlenbusch of Minier; two grandchildren, Kirsten Renee Erlenbusch and Ian Russell Erlenbusch; three sisters, Doris Smithee of Minier, Charlotte Lockard of Little Rock, AR, and Diane (Rich) Pondelick Frisby of Brockfield, WI; and two brothers, Joe (Peggy) Walters of Yuma, TN and Jimmie (Diane) Smith of Germantown Hills.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Lisa Ann Christianson; two brothers, Kenneth Walters, and Dennis Walters; and one sister, Janie Swift.
Kathy was a waitress in several East Peoria restaurants early in her career, she owned a coffee shop in Deer Creek, she was the cook at Minier Grade School, and served as a custodian for Olympia High School until her retirement.
Kathy remained independent and tenacious. She loved her family first, and learning second. She enjoyed tinkering on house projects, reading, playing the autoharp, gardening, painting and spirited debates. She was a proud member of the Cherokee Wolf Clan (known as "Nightshade"), the NRA and the ISRA.
Funeral services will be at 2 pm April 4, 2018 at Remmert Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Morton.
Memorials may be made to Team Rubicon.
To view Kathy’s memorial page or to leave an online condolence please go to www.remmertfuneralhome.com.
- Lewis Walters, Father
- Lula Troxell Walters, Mother
- Kimberly (Tim) Christianson Kennedy, Daughter
- Sarah (Joe) Erlenbusch, Daughter
- Kirsten Renee Erlenbusch, Grandchild
- Ian Russell Erlenbusch, Grandchild
- Doris Smithee, Sister
- Charlotte Lockard, Sister
- Diane (Rich) Pondelick Frisby, Sister
- Joe (Peggy) Walters, Brother
- Jimmie (Diane) Smith, Brother
- She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Lisa Ann Christianson; two brothers, Kenneth Walters, and Dennis Walters; and one sister, Janie Swift.
- Ian Erlenbusch
- Joe Erlenbusch
- Tim Kennedy
- Kurtis Altes
- David Smithee
- Brian Walters
- Team Rubicon
- Visitation Wednesday, April 4, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Sarah Kathern "Kathy" Walters
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Wendy (Shults) Spearman
April 4, 2018
How can I pick just one memory from a lifetime if them? Looking back they are all my favorites from waking up to the smell of breakfast at her house fixing eggs just the way all us girls wanted, "dunking' eggs are the best and making sure we drank all our milk. Being dragged to garage sales and listening to her and my mom deciding what they were going to tell my Dad about their finds. Listening to her play the autoharp and singing. When she would about have a hissy fit when Sarah and John were up to shenanigans as usual and as an adult lying in bed when her and my mama were together just listening to the mumur of their late night conversations and the laughter and giggles and snickers that the two shared about who knows what only sisters know and the first time I walked into her second home in Tennessee and I saw the very same rose colored sofa I had sat on as a child as long as I can remember and many many other memories that are part of the very fabric of my soul. I realized as an adult the blessing of being able to be a carefree child not only at home but at her home my second home. But the most blessed memory I think I have is when I was able to introduce my own two children to my most favorite aunt. They crawled and toddled at her home just like I did and she promised to "whoop their butt" if they misbehaved just like she did me. Such a spirited firecracker of a woman who I am so very blessed to have had her in my life. A beautiful soul who influenced my life, helped shaped my character, and one I could count on at all times. She will be greatly greatly missed and even tho the world seems a little bit quieter and not as bright the sun will shine again in your souls Kimberly, Sarah, Kirsten, and Ian. I can't even imagine the reunion moment her and my mama had. I'm sure they have stirred up heaven. Catch you on the flip side Aunt Kathy...save a seat for me.