Kathleen L. Carraher

June 2, 1949March 20, 2014
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Age 64 of Centerville and formerly of Miamisburg, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014 with her devoted husband by her side. After a courageous battle with appendix cancer, she passed away peacefully at her residence under the care of Hospice of Dayton. Kathy was born in Dayton, OH June 2, 1949 to Jacqueline (Hendricks) and the late, James C Drayer, Sr. In addition to her father, Kathy was preceded in death by her daughter, Molly Carraher; her father-in-law, Frank Carraher and her sister-in-law, Louise (Carraher) Ream. She is survived by her husband, Frank "Skip" Carraher; mother, Jacqueline "Jackie" Drayer of Centerville; brother, James & Pamela Drayer Jr. of West Carrolton; children, Andrew & Kelly (Abbigail, Michael, Kaitlyn, Jacob, Samuel) Carraher of Centerville, Amy Bermick (Zachary, Meghan, Emily) of Oakwood, Joseph & Jill (Nate, Addy, Austin, Ava) Carraher of Lebanon. Kathy was a 1968 graduate of Archbishop Alter High School. She felt fortunate to stay at home to raise her four children. She was a gifted homemaker who enjoyed decorating and gardening for which she won several City of Centerville Beautification Awards. Kathy enjoyed making memories with her 12 grandchildren as well as attending their various sporting events. She was a long time member of the Church of the Incarnation and the Bear Lake Outing Club. Special thanks to the staff of Hospice of Dayton for the extraordinary care and support they offered the Carraher family. Family will receive friends from 3:00-7:00 PM Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home, Miamisburg. Funeral Mass will begin 10:30 AM Monday, March 24, 2014 at Church of the Incarnation, Centerville celebrated by Father Lawrence "Stretch" Meirenfeld. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton: 324 Wilmington Ave Dayton, Ohio, 45420. Personal condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Kathy's online memorial at


  • Visitation Sunday, March 23, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, March 24, 2014

Kathleen L. Carraher

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Chuck Clark

March 27, 2014

It has been so long since we have seen you, but we always got updates from Mary Beth's family who is still in the area. So, we were both really surprised and saddened to learn of Kathy's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Chuck & Mary Beth Clark

Barbara "Burkardt" Geri

March 27, 2014

To Kathy's family, I was a classmate of Kathy's at OLGH and Alter. I remember some overnights in grade school and how happy Kathy always was and such fun. Missed her at our last reunion and wondered how she was. Much heartfelt sympathy to the family because Kathy was truly special.

Jim and Marci Lynch

March 25, 2014

My husband and I extend our condolences to your family on the loss of Kathy. We were classmates at Alter and remember her well. From the family pictures we can see she had a beautiful family and a very full life.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

Mary and Sergio

March 24, 2014

Skip and family,

May God's strength and grace surround you. Kathy was such a huge part of my childhood and was in both our hearts after we we reconnected as adults. I will miss her dearly.

Jack and Peggy Berger

March 23, 2014

To Kathy's Family,

I am so saddened to learn of Kathy's passing. Kathy and I had been classmates at Alter and she was a bridesmaid in our wedding in '69. While I had lost touch with her during the years, I had often thought of her and remembered her beautiful smile.

Kathy was always so happy and upbeat. She was beautiful inside and out and I am certain she battled her disease with much dignity and grace.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this most difficult time.

March 22, 2014

Dear Skip & Family:

I am so sorry for the loss of your wife, mother & grandmother. Kathy was a great friend to Connie & I & our family. She supported Connie during her Cancer battle. We shared great times together as a neighbor & friends!
I will be praying for all of you especially during the upcoming week!

I am in Florida until early April & will not be able to attend the services for Kathy, but my thoughts & prayers will be with you.

Peace & Love!

Ed Metzger