Katharine L. Brown

November 30, 1930 ‒ October 26, 2017

Fredericktown, Ohio

Katharine L. Brown, age 86, of Fredericktown passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017  following bouts with a variety of recent medical issues.

She was born on November 30, 1930 in Mount Vernon to the late Edgar and Ruth (Hyatt) Cochran and spent her early years in the Green Valley Community.

As a 1946 Mount Vernon High graduate, Kate married William Brown and began a 67 year long adventure raising 6 children and mothering countless others who came to the old farm house she called home. A twenty five year teaching career, faithful work at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, and activities with farm and community groups filled those eventful years.

Nothing was more important to Kate than family, friends and her spiritual life. Family gatherings, a half full cup of coffee, her maple candies and giving thoughtful advice will always be her legacies.  Predeceased in 2015 by Bill, she is survived by a sister Peggy Murphy, daughters Susan (John) Stone and Sandra (Larry) Brueshaber, sons Tim (Ellen) Brown, Kelly (Marcia) Brown, Dan (Kathie) Brown, and Matt (Dawn) Brown.  Fifteen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren complete the family tree to this date.

A memorial service will take place on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church. The family will receive guests from 10-11AM prior to the service officiated by Pastor Richard Hasley beginning at 11AM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Knox County Hospice, 17700 Coshocton Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 (or) Fredericktown Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Knox County, P.O. Box 309, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Katharine L. Brown.

  • Kate was my cooperating teacher when I student taught 29 years ago. Her wisdom, thoughtfulness, and humor spoke deeply into my life. She had so much fun teaching 13 and 14-year-olds literature and writing that I marveled at her willingness to hand them over to a novice, even for just several weeks. I couldn’t have been more blessed by nor learned more from a mentor. She was opinionated but didn’t take herself too seriously – and was so very funny.

    Kate’s family, I pray you may take comfort in imagining her telling stories and laughing heartily with Bill and others in heaven. Her love for all of you was evident. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  • I will always remember Kate wonderful smile and generous heart. I admired her great gift of teaching. She shared a love of Grandma Moses paintings. Many fond memories of her children . She will be missed by all . My deepest sympathy .

  • We send our deepest sympathy to your family. Kate was a very special person. She had such a sense of humor and wit. She deeply loved her family and I know they loved her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • To the families, so sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one, you have our blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • God welcomed another beautiful angel yesterday. Thoughts and prayers to your families. Kate has a very special place in my heart. She was so good to my parents. I have wonderful memories of skating on the pond, making taffy and great conversations.

  • To the family of Kate Brown.
    Many fond memories come to mind when I think of Mrs. Brown as she was my 6th grade teacher her first year teaching at Fredericktown Schools. Knowing that Fredericktown has lost a great lady in the community makes me sad to see this news, but will be looking forward to seeing her again in heaven.
    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you that your memories of shared times bring comfort.
    Janet (Letts) Hiles

  • Thinking & praying for all of “Grandma Kate’s” family at this time. I feel very fortunate to have known her through Marcia, Emma & especially Christine!
    Her stories & legacy will live on!
    Love & Hugs,
    Jen, Bill
    Emily & Levi

  • Kate was a force in my life from the first day we met at Fredericktown School 48 years ago. We quickly figured out that teaching 62 sixth graders together could be more fun and more successful than teaching alone. We rolled back that dividing wall and the rest is history. The five years of teaching with Kate were an inspiration and produced memories that never faded for either of us.

    Kate so loved and guided her family and was justifiably proud of the legacy she and Bill created. Her wit and wisdom will forever ring in my ears and in my heart. Rest in peace, dear Kate. You earned it.

    • I feel so blessed to have been a student during that combined classroom experiment. Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Trethewey inspired their students to learn and to also be “Good Kids”. I feel I am speaking on behalf of countless others, thank you for making our lives richer, we love you still.

      • I too, was blessed to have been a student in their combined classroom. (45 yrs ago) I was, just this week, sharing fond memories of my 6th grade year with my grandchildren.
        To Mrs. Brown’s family and friends: You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • They 6th grade was one of my most memorable school experiences with the combined classroom. Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Trethewey were a great team. My condolences to the family. Your heart will be comforted by the warm memories of mom and grandma and blessed by the many kind words and stories from the community. She was very special and one of a kind wonderful.

  • Through the eyes of a 4th grader in the early 1980’s Mrs. Brown was a surety that all would go well during the school day as long as you tried your best! Her love for reading and learning was contagious. To this day I have several of the books she read to our class on my bookshelf. I have shared the same books with my children. In later years when visiting Fredericktown I’d love to say hello to her at the Tomato Show, give her a hug and buy some maple syrup. She had a positive impact on my life as she did so many others. I am heavy hearted for the Brown family as they mourn her loss. She was simply wonderful!

  • How much fun was Kate Brown? The mother of my best friend all through my school years. So many special memories at the Brown farm; overnight sleepovers; Halloween parties and sugar taffy pulls; I will miss you dear Kate; you and your family hold a special place in my heart. My sympathy, love and comfort to your family, especially to Sandy.

  • Kelly & Marcia,
    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. She left memories to last a lifetime. God is good.

    Tony & Judy DeIuliis

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Kate Brown. She was a “super hero” to me–one does not need to leap tall buildings to be a real life hero. From my years at Fredericktown Intermediate School to the books we shared, her help with my first quilt, and all the special times we shared, she was, indeed, an angel and my super hero.

  • The Brown Family,
    We are sorry for your loss and praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time. 🙏🙏🙏


  • Kate was a colleague and friend. We were sorry to hear of her passing. We pray God’s loving arms are around you all, giving you comfort and peace.
    Love and hugs,
    Cada & Gayle

  • We have been so blessed to have known Kate through her special sister Peggy. Kate was a very loving and thoughtful lady. She has left such a special legacy and the world is truly blessed by her life. May Gods arms be around all your family.

  • I was a 4th grade student of Mrs. Brown’s. She truly was the most influencial teacher in my life. I was one of several that was invited to her home for sled riding and cookies. This world suffers a great loss but heaven has a beautiful angel. I am so very sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers.
    Shanon (Ellison) Hashman

  • Our community has lost a very special person, but Heaven has gained a very special angel. Kate’s smile, friendliness, and enthusiasm was always very contagious. We know what an influential teacher she was, and what a great legacy to leave the community, besides her wonderful family. She will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. Sending all of her family and friends our deepest sympathy and friendship. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    May your memories always keep her close in your hearts. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • I am sorry for your loss. Her influence on her community is a wonderful legacy. May your hearts be blessed and comforted.

  • I just read the above notes to the family, all I can say is Amen!
    She was a wonderful lady, my sympathy to the family.
    Kathryn Williams and family.

  • To the Brown families, We are so saddened to learn of Kate’s passing. Wonderful memories are present when thinking of Kate. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this sad time. Many Hugs and Much Love M&M Lamb

  • To the Brown family,
    Sad for your loss and mine.
    My life was blessed and enriched
    when Kate and Bill became a part
    of it in my youth. They will always
    be a part of who I am.
    May God bless you all going forward.

    Oh, yes, and Kate was not shy about correcting
    bad grammar. She would correct me from time-to-time,
    in a humorous way through the years. But, since I admired
    her and loved and respected her – I didn’t mind. She was
    always a teacher! All her friends and family know that!

    She shared a life well lived and I believe she’s in Gods arms
    with Bill.

  • So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Kate was a very special person. She always had a smile and made you feel special. She will be missed. Prayers for your family during this difficult time.

  • I too can add an amen to all of the above. Kate was truly a special part of Fredericktown and all of its’ activities. She was a vital part of my kids lives too in the schoolroom and beyond. My prayers are with her family, but I rejoice for her in her new journey. I’m sure she will welcomed by all who have made that same journey before her. Her presence here will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her.God bless and be with you.

  • Kate was a beautiful, talented, and unforgettable lady . . and so is the entire Brown family. I am so sorry to see this obituary and prayers will be said for the family. I lost my sister on the same day and I understand the grief we feel when we lose one of our loved ones. Because we Believe and Trust God in all circumstances, we can gain the strength to endure these difficult times.

  • Kate Brown ..such a inspiration to many! You were such a blessing to have in our community! You’ll be missed by many but forever in our heart!

    Hugs and Prayers to all of the family members during this differcult time.

  • Many wonderful memories of Kate will keep you for many years to come. Prayers for each of you as you adjust to life without her.
    I’m sure the angels were shouting, “Kate is coming, Kate is coming!” with joy in their hearts as she entered Heaven’s gates.

  • Kate Brown was my fourth grade teacher in 1982 as well as my eighth grade English teacher a few years later. She was my favorite teacher. I always remember her kindness and great sense of humor. She made school fun. I remember her telling us she had her son as a student and he wore the same shirt to school every day lol!

    I now work as a teacher and have thought about her from time to time over the years. I was just thinking about her last week actually while reading a book to my students that talked about maple syrup. I stopped to tell my students about my fourth grade teacher and the maple syrup that came from her farm. I am sorry to hear about her passing but am thankful that I had the opportunity to know her.

  • Heaven has gained an angel. I recently reconnected with Mrs. Brown after having her as a teacher at Fredericktown. I will miss our chats. My condolences to the Brown family.

  • Dear Susan ,& John,Christian,Emma &Brenden.want you to
    Know I’m thinking of you an all the family .so sorry for your loss.I can’t attend the service .I still can’t stand a long time since my broken hip.But was t you to know you are all In my Prayers.

    Gerri Reed
    Rr the

  • The Brown Family:
    Just a note to remind you that the community lost a great women. She was a neighbor, friend and teacher to many who knew her.
    Heaven will be a better place because she is there.
    Janenne Burgett

  • Kate was my sister. Nothing else needs to be said. There’s an empty space in my heart, but I know that memories will eventually fill the space. I loved her.

  • Kate’s broad smile and charming personality made her an irresistible teacher/friend. During the late seventies, she donned her “matchmaking hat” and frequently invited the single teachers to the farm for mystery meals, card games, cross-country skiing, and picnics. Several marriages happened after these events, including ours and Kelly & Marcia. Although the years have passed, the unforgettable times were quickly rekindled at the mention of Kate’s name. We send our prayers for comfort to the Brown family,during the difficult days of goodbyes, and peace as you celebrate God’s blessings in Kate’s life.
    Cathy and Larry Hinkle

  • Kate was one of the brightest spots of my Sunday mornings at FUMC. She was always quick with a smile and compliment. It was evident how much she loved her family, her church, and her community. Our prayers are with you as you remember all the wonderful times and beautiful memories. Paul and Elizabeth Napier

  • I have yet to meet a more encouraging lady that Kate Brown. She always had a kind word, and took time often to put it in the form of a sweet note in the mail. I loved her wit, her sense of humor, her devotion to our church, and her love for everybody. I can honestly say I never heard her say a bad word about anyone! What a love she had for her family and friends. I will forever cherish the moments Kate and I shared in visits at the hospital and nursing homes, but my favorite moment was when she invited Mary Elder and me into her home and allowed us to video tape her speaking about her Christmas traditions and how the family celebrated. All who have said heaven has received another angel are absolutely on target. We know you will miss her, but are rejoicing in the fact that she and her beloved Bill have been reunited. God bless and comfort all of you.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of a wonderful woman. She had such a positive attitude and was a joy to be around. All of our children had her as a teacher and she made a lasting contribution to them. She served the Lord well.

  • Mrs. Brown was a truly special lady- thoughts and prayers to you, her family and loved ones, as you remember her. But her memory will never be lost as long as those children who she taught recall her with a smile, and they certainly will always do so.

  • Until after seventh grade I attended school in Fredericktown and shared band memories with Susie. I will always remember seeing Kate’s smile as she attended events. May you draw comfort in the life she lived and the lives she touched.

  • My condolences to the Brown family. I had the privilege of having her twice in school…4th and 8th grade. Though my heart is saddened by her loss, I know that she is rejoicing in heaven. The memory of her love of teaching and encouraging us to read and seeing her selling maple syrup will be the fondest memories of her.

  • Christine, Emma, Brenden, John/Susan and the Brown Family…..we are sorry for your loss. May God hold you near during this time of sadness. Love and prayers

  • Mrs. BROWN was my 5th grade teacher and a favorite elementary teacher of mine. She showed me how learning can be fun! We had GKC”s (good kid coupons), word power words, weekly news shows , and lots of hands on science experiments! She was my inspiration to make learning fun for students I taught for 28 years! I also thank her for her continual interest in me and my family over the years. Finally I thank her for her friendship to my mom. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  • Dear Sandy and the whole Brown Family,

    I now understand that the things our parents told us for all those many years were all true; Family, Friends & Believing that GOOD always wins. As in my family, you now carry those truths to your children and grandchildren.

    Mothers are so special. Our thoughts and prayers are for you.

    Always, Brad Fearn and Family

  • Dear Brown Family,
    I know you will sorely miss your grandmother, mother and great grandmother! Her passing will be felt by many, including me! She and your father some how made us all feel like family. I am sure her legacy will be long in your hearts and many others. May her kindness and welcoming spirit be passed through you!!

  • Kate will be greatly missed. Her smile was always such a blessing to all. Always had a kind word. God bless you Kate because you sure blessed all of us. John and Mary Beutel

  • Rilla and I are thinking of all of you. Kate is always in our hearts, and you in our thoughts and prayers. Chuck and Rilla Nash.

  • To the Brown Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with u during this sad time with the passing of Kate. May God bless your family and give you comfort during this difficult time.

  • Kate Brown was one special lady!! She could make you feel welcome from the first smile and hello!! She was so kind!
    Praying for the loss you all feel in this beautiful family she helped form & influence.

  • Soo sorry for your loss. She was a fantastic person who was a joy to be around. Verry difficult when moms leave us as there go all the answers to all the questions we ever had. Prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead, knowing she positively influenced so many lives. Therefore, she lives on not only in the lives of her family but in the lives of the students. Hugs