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Katherine Wilkerson Ghelerter

December 18, 1953February 16, 2021
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Katherine Wilkerson Ghelerter passed away February 16, 2021 after a valiant 7 year battle with cancer. She was born December 18, 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida. Kathy graduated from Episcopal High School and the University of Georgia. She received a Masters Degree in Education from the University of North Florida. She worked for the Duval County School system for 30 years. Upon retirement from the school system she worked for the airport retailer, InMotion Entertainment before completely retiring in 2015. She was predeceased by her father, Richard E Wilkerson, Mother, Lucile B Wilkerson, brother, James E Wilkerson, and sister Anne Wilkerson Turner. Katherine is survived by her husband, Allan Ghelerter, her son David Ghelerter (Joy) and daughter Katherine Kanefsky (David). The family would like to thank her friends from the gym at Epping Forest Yacht and Country Club for their support and encouragement which helped her through the rough times with her illness. And a special thanks to Carol Jones. A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held Wednesday, February 24 at 3:00 PM at Hardage-Giddens Legacy Lodge. Her service may be viewed virtually by visiting either https://youtu.be/FGMRaaUmZb0 or https://youtu.be/GZfLyyP4qA4 Please visit www.hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com to leave words of comfort for the family. Arrangements under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207, (904)-737-7171.

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  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Kim Clarkson

February 25, 2021

So sad to hear this ..... we were neighbors when I first moved to Jacksonville and she was so sweet to me and my children. Such a lovely women.....

Jackie Cook

February 24, 2021

Kathy was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. She will be missed by many.

Adrienne Kent

February 23, 2021

So sorry to hear this...Kathy was always such a dear person. Prayers to her family from the Kents.

Barry and Karen Kanefsky

February 23, 2021

We are sorry to learn of Kathy’s passing and send our sincere condolences.

We are grateful that we had a chance to see Kathy last month at the wedding and shall treasure the memory. She was truly happy and she glowed with pride.

Although we didn’t know her very long, we enjoyed the times that we did spend together.

Sending prayers and warm thoughts to the family.

All our love.






Susan Owen Williams

February 23, 2021

I am so sad to hear about Kathy’s passing. I was 2 days older, something we talked about when we were younger. I meet Kathy in Girl Scouts when my mother was the troop leader. Our paths kept passing for many years and we ended up moving 3 doors down from she and Allan’s home in Ortega Forest. Sometimes we would even up in NC at the same time and same complex...

Kathy tried her best to teach me to knit 🧶, as long as I went in one direction I was fine but the turning around always got me. Last summer, I saw a “Lovie Lamb” that Kathy had made for a friend’s grandchild. I called and asked her if she would make one for my upcoming grandchild. Kathy said she would love too make one for me and she also made a blanket to match. It was so special to me and to Carolyn (my daughter). The photo is the Lovie she made for me.

One last thing that we had in common, that would be our beloved UGA Dawgs. Please take comfort that she was a wonderful caring person and I am sure she is loving seeing her mom, Lucille and all of her family in heaven. Remember all the good times and cherish them.

Sending healing prayers to all of you.

Bob Howell

February 23, 2021

We are so sorry to learn of Kathy's death, and know that this loss will be felt deeply by her family and friends. I regret that we fell out of touch during the time since high school and college, but I'm truly thankful that we reconnected over the past several years. The photos shared here bring back many fond memories -- and that bright smile reflects the warm heart that Kathy shared with everyone she knew.

Melinda Ranney

February 22, 2021

I loved my friend. Kathy was like a big sister to me, but better. She was there for me during all of the major moments in my life and I had the privilege to be a part of many of those moments for her as well. I will greatly miss the many times we could talk and laugh hysterically together. God welcomed an angel into His arms when Kathy left us.

Leigh Bottomley

February 22, 2021

Oh my, so sad to hear of Kathy’s passing. She was a good friend in middle and high school. Also so kind to all and lots of fun. I had many fun afternoons at her house. Her parents were always so nice to everyone as well. She will be missed.

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