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Katherine M. “Kate” (Stoller) Oesch

Katherine M. “Kate” (Stoller) Oesch, age 87, of Shelby, died peacefully at her home , Friday, December 12, 2014 surrounded by her family.


She was born April 29, 1927 in Paulding County, Ohio the daughter of Michael George and Magdelina (Manz) Stoller. She was a graduate of Paulding County High School. Following the early death of her husband, John, Kate began a 30 + year career at Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield where she was fondly known by many as Katie. She was a member of Apostolic Christian Church on Illinois Avenue in Mansfield where she was a very active member. She was an extensive traveler, having visited every continent except Antarctica and Australia. She enjoyed restoring her family home, reading, gardening, sewing and making wine from grapes grown on her farm.


Kate is survived by her 15 children: Michael (Jackie) Oesch of Alabama, Cheryl (Ed) Schumacher of Shelby, Cinda Walp of Tennessee, Sally (Mel) Westcott of Texas, Sara (Chuck) Jones of Shelby, Nancy (Paul) Dorinsky of North Carolina, Judy (Dennis) Witt of Cincinnati, Lori McCartney of Shelby, Mary (Jim) Cartwright of Texas, Dr. Betsy Oesch of Texas, Kristi (Alaric) Cauley of New Jersey, Tammy (Dave) Grauer of Ganges, Amy (Jeff) Murray of Shelby, John (Lori) Oesch of Portsmouth, Traci Sonon of Shelby; Son-in-law: Chip Fugate of Pennsylvania; 31 Grandchildren; 8 Great grandchildren; 4 siblings: Anna Marie Plummer, Delores Riggenbach, Josephine Stoller, and Jet (Jeannie) Stoller.


She was preceded in death by her husband: John J. Oesch in 1974; a daughter: Heidi M. Fugate in October 2014; a grandson: Ryan Schumacher in 1976; and by 2 brothers: Ellsworth Stoller and Kenneth Stoller.


Friends and family are welcome on Monday, December 15, 2014 from 2-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 AM with Mark Masters and Fred Domka officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.


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Memories & Condolence

  1. Margie Parsons Hoover Earick says:

    Dear Oesch family, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My sister cindy always spoke highle of your mom. you all have my sympathy.

  2. Paula Ross says:

    To the Oesch Family, I pray for you to take comfort in knowing your mom is with our Heavenly Father and your dad, your sister, grandson, and her two brothers and that one day you will allbr together again. God bless you all.

  3. Don Schroeder says:

    To the Oesch family, my sympathy and prayers to you and your family members. Your mom was a great woman indeed……. Don

  4. Debbie Miller says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with everyone. Katie was so special and never met a stranger. Her gifts from homemade cookies to dandelion wine, to cards sent every year on my birthday are just a glimpse of what a kind and thoughtful person she. I miss her dearly but I know her fight was up. Rest in peace Katie. Love Debbie

  5. Debbie Dorsey says:

    Mrs. Oesch was quite a lady! I use to love spending the night there! We would sit around the big table for breakfast. I think they only had one bathroom, not sure about that, but I got up in the middle of the night and Mrs. Oesch was painting the stairway. She just smiled and said “This is the only time I can paint it!”. I remember her sitting at her sewing machine a lot! And each of the kids have a nick name. I think Sally’s is Cat. She will be missed by many! I am so sorry for your loss. Many memories!

  6. Bruce and Denise Schaefer says:

    To Cheryl, Ed, and Awesome Family,
    Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing Kate. We smile when we remember the fond memories shared with Kate and the family in Florida. What a “Gem” she was–great energy and beautiful kindness. Thank you for sharing your Mom with us. Peace and Prayers are with you all at this time.
    Love, Bruce and Denise Schaefer

  7. Jake Manz says:

    Prayers for the family rest in peace Kate

  8. Nancy (Parsons) Schmidt says:

    To the Oesch Family., I’m so sorry about the loss of your mom. I was at your home a few times and remember what a beautiful person your mom was. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for all your family. God Bless you all! Nancy

  9. Paul & Marian Coleman says:

    With Love and Prayers

    Paul & Marian Coleman

  10. Vicki DelCasino says:

    Kristi and Family, I’m very sorry for your loss. From all the stories I heard over the years, she sounded like a truly amazing woman inside and out. You now have a very special angel watching over you. I will keep her in my prayers.

  11. Stella Sutter says:

    My sympathy to the family..Have many nice memories of Katie..My late husband Bob and Katie would always talk about their wine making and gardening…She was very special…

  12. Dana Milligan says:

    To the Oesch Family, I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You are all in my prayers. Kate was a nice person and I enjoyed the conversations we had over the years. Peace be with you.

  13. Laurie Rinehart Cooper says:

    My deepest sympathy to all the family. One of my favorite memories of my childhood was going to the Oesch farm to spend the night. No matter how many children your mother had to feed she could always squeeze in a few more. I had a blast everytime I spent the night. From trying on costumes to crawling thru the hay tunnels to drinking homemade wine. Lol. Never a dull moment that’s for sure. I pray that God will bring a feeling of peace in all your hearts and you will know that your mother is in heaven and is waiting for your family circle to be together someday. I love all of you and will continue to remember your Mother.

  14. Westbrook Country Club says:

    On behalf of the Board of Directors, (past and present), the Management Staff and all former and current employees of Westbrook Country Club we are saddened of the loss of such a Legend. That is what Katie was, a Legend… We will all miss her very much, with deepest sympathy to her family. May you find comfort in knowing that heaven truly gained an angel…..

  15. Heather Wolfe-Hall says:

    Lori, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief. It has been such a rough year for you. It is so difficult for those of us left behind. I’m sure you hear it from everyone, but in my heart I believe that God calls us to Him in his perfect time. And that our loved ones await us without pain or suffering until such time as our spirits are reunited. I didn’t know your mother well, having only met her the one time she was in Florida last year. But she was such a lovely woman! What a legacy she has left. 🙂

  16. Debbie Williams says:

    Your precious heart will be missed by so many. May Christ’s peace bring comfort to your family.

  17. Charles Emigh says:

    My Thoughts and Prayers are with the Oesch family today and this week. Mrs. Oesch got me my very first job at Westbrook Country Club (very kind of the BoD to add a condolence), and I, too, was a beneficiary of the hospitality of the Oesch’ for weekend winter fun on the snowmobile and three-wheeler. I will never forget her – I hope you all can rejoice in the happy memories of a great lady!

    Charles Emigh

  18. Laura Burrer says:

    Dear Oesch family,

    Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of Katherine. She was a true joy to know. Know that we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Laura Burrer and the Staff at Shelby Home and Public Health

  19. Cindy & Gary Robertson says:

    You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers today and through the coming Holiday Season. Memories keep us going, and in time through them the tears are replaced by smiles & laughter. I’m sure you will find at times that you feel that your Mom is right there guiding you with whatever you may be doing. Helping you with something that you would have asked her help on.
    Our sympathy to all of the Oesch family.
    Cindy & Gary

  20. Donna Oesch says:

    To the Oesch family.We believe that faith heals, memories comfort and love lives on in our hearts. May you feel the love and comfort of our Heavenly Father through this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. In Christ love, The Joe and Melva Oesch families

  21. Beth and Randy Terman says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Oesch family at this time of deep sorrow. Kate was a great lady and admired by many. She will be missed…and her cooking!

  22. Fran (Beer) and Chris Stump says:

    Dear Oesch Family,

    Some of my favorite childhood memories are the times that I had on the Oesch farm with Mary, Lori and the rest of the family. Kate was always so awesome (with a huge smile on her face) and it was so much fun to be around such a large and energetic family. It is also a very treasured memory to have had the opportunity to reminisce about old times with Kate and the family when Becky was in hospice.

    Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Fran (Beer) & Chris Stump

  23. William Sharp says:

    Kate was so much a part of my life for so long…I cannot help but smile at the memory of her; what a spirit! Her smile and laugh will be with me always. It was an honor to know her. Prayers for the family, peace for Kate.

  24. Susy Struble says:

    Katie was a loving and beloved institution unto herself at Westbrook, and an integral part of the lives of myself and my close childhood girlfriends. She dispensed kindness and rounds of Shirley Temples with equal grace. I’m very sorry to hear of her death. She was a singular woman and will be missed.

  25. Frank and Linda Hicks says:

    Our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time Frank and Linda Hicks

  26. Rosie (schroeder) detillion says:

    My heart goes out to your family. Your mom such a wonderful lady. Keep her memories in your heart. God will help u thru such a difficult time your family has been thru. Love and prayers for you all. The Detillion family.

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