Kathleen N. Mambourg

January 14, 1951 ‒ March 12, 2018

Ostrander, Ohio
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio

Kathleen N. Mambourg, 67, of Ostrander, OH and formerly of Mansfield, OH, passed away Monday afternoon, March 12, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born January 14, 1951 in Ypsilanti, Michigan to the late Thomas and Rosella (Polzin) Nowak and later graduated from Belleville High School in Belleville, Michigan. She then went on to graduate from Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan.

Kathleen served as the librarian for Mansfield Madison High School retiring after 30 years. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Dublin, Ohio and was a Master Gardener. She loved spending time with her grandkids, shopping at garage sales and going to car shows alongside her husband.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of almost 36 years, Gregory; son, John (Amanda) Mambourg of Ostrander; grandchildren, Luke and twins Zachary and Nicholas; brothers, Richard (Pam) Nowak of Adrian, Michigan, Larry (Lynne) Nowak of West Bloomfield, Michigan and John (Gina) Nowak of Tecumseh, Michigan; sisters, Rosemary Haas of Napoleon, Michigan, Beth (Joe) Masters of Mahopac, New York, Jeanette (Harlan) McCarty of Ingleside, Texas, Laurie Sorensen of Syracuse, New York, and Margo (Mike) Darcy of West Bloomfield, Michigan; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Kathleen was preceded in death by her brother Thomas Nowak, sister-in-law Doris Nowak, niece Angie Nowak, and her brother-in-law Jeff Haas.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 2 – 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm at the Snyder Funeral Home, Marion Avenue Chapel, 350 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, OH. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11:00 am at Grace Episcopal Church, 41 Bowman Street, Mansfield, OH with Reverends Joe and Kay Ashby officiating. The celebration will continue with a reception at the Forest Hills Golf Course immediately following the services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kathleen’s memory may be made to the Grace Episcopal Food Pantry, 41 Bowman Street, Mansfield, OH 44903.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Mansfield and Delaware are assisting the family.

To share a fond memory of Kathleen or to offer a condolence to her family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this time. Mrs. Mambourg holds a special place in our hearts. Though this time is extremely sad, all the memories and photos being shared bring a smile to our faces every time.

    We love you guys! Ian, Erin, Olyve, Adelynn, and Elynn Isch

  • Prayers for the family. Kathy was a good friend and coworker. I so enjoyed travelling to Europe with her. Her smile and infectious laugh affected all.

  • My Prayers and Heart goes out to my cousin Kathleen family and friend

  • My deepest condolences Gregg and John. She was a wonderful lady! Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!!

  • She always brought brightness to the room, always had a smile on her face and if you ever needed anything she was always there for you. You will be missed by many!! Rip 💗

  • Mrs. Mambourg was a wonderful woman. In high school, I used to volunteer in the library rather than have a study hall. She always greeted everyone with a huge smile and a loving heart. Occasionally when I would return to Mansfield, I would run into her at Kroger and she always remembered my name and gave the best hugs. I’m so glad to have known her. She’ll be greatly missed.

  • My aunt Kathy was wonderful she was sweet,smart,loving,talented, unassuming,gracious,funny, and so many other things. She was my number one cheerleader through my sobriety that I still have. She always made me feel special! I will miss the cards she sends that when you open glitter falls out! I would forget ever time and the glitter would fall all over me and made me laugh so hard! I will miss her so much. I am so mad that I did not spend more time with her because she was great and always made me happy and to see things differently when I was mad or discouraged. She would flip it around and somehow make it seem so better and sometimes totally insignificant. I guess this was horrible time to realize that. I am going to miss her very much!

  • I will always treasure the memories I have of the many years I worked with Kathy and I will never forget her beautiful smile. She was such a positive person and gave so much of herself to others. Decorating the library in OSU colors was an event we always loved, and even though she knew it was going to happen, she always acted like she could not believe we had the audacity to do it when she knew Michigan was going to win the big game. There is no doubt in my mind she has a very special place in heaven. My sincere sympathy to Greg, John, and her entire family. I know all of you have lost a very precious part of your heart.

  • so sorry to hear this. she was a wonderful lady. I have fond memories of her from madison high school. prayers for her family.

  • If anyone ever lived life to the fullest it was Kathy. So thankful I was able to be her friend for nearly 30 years. She was the best 2nd mom to my son Darren . I have only beautiful, fun and caring memories of her as I am sure anyone who’s life she ever touched will agree. Gregg, John and all her family she loved you all to the moon and back! It’s not good bye- it’s until we see each other again❤️

  • Our deepest sympathy to the family for your loss. Kathleen was a wonderful lady with a beautiful smile. She had a kind & loving heart . Always there to help and encourage. Our 3 children, Michelle( aka Shelly), Gregory & Dawn went to Madison and loved Kathleen very much . Our thoughts & prayers are with you Gregory , John & family.. God bless your family .

  • My prayers and condolences to the family she was great person she was my librarian when I was n high school she’ll be greatly missed

  • Kathy was a special lady and will be missed by all. I remember her fondly throughout all of our Madison sports. .she was everyone’s cheerleader!! Always had a smile and always willing to listen and help in any she could. John and family and Greg,so sorry for your loss but hold on to all of your special memories! !

  • My sincere condolences to your family. I was a library volunteer for two wonderful years. Mrs. Mambourg always had a smile for all of the students. She took time to get to know the volunteers and once she found out how much I loved to read she always had a list of books I might enjoy. Needless to say, I always had a book in hand. So many wonderful memories of Mrs. Mambourg.

  • We have such fond memories of Kathy! She lit up the world in which she walked. Not only was she the Madison librarian, she was a fellow parent and enthusiastically cheered on those athletes right beside us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hugs.

  • Dear Mambourg Family,
    May I send my thoughts and prayers to all of you. I so enjoyed the times I got to work with Kathy. I especially remember one presentation we gave together for High Schools That Work. As one of John’s teachers, I got to experience her deep love for her son. I am sure she loved being a grandmother, too. We were all blessed to have known her. May God bless you all and may you have infinite blessed memories of her life and love.

  • My deepest condolences to Kathy’s family. She was an absolute joy to work with at Madison Schools and a true asset to our school system. I will greatly miss this lovely lady who enjoyed life to the fullest and made others smile when around her. We will miss you Kathy! This is see you later, not good bye my friend.

  • Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of such an amazing woman. Throughout my senior year of high school she was truly a mentor and friend who gave me much needed support, encouragement and love. Although it’s been years I have thought of her many times and the wisdom she shared with me.

  • Kathy had a huge impact on my life. From growing up close to her home in Mansfield and playing with her son, to the massive amount of compassion, help, understanding, and genuine care and love that she gave me during some rough high school years, she was always a truly caring person. She will always be remembered as one of the few adults who understood things that few adults would take the time to understand. I will forever be thankful for everything that she did for me.

  • She was a sweet lady and welcomed me into the library anytime I needed a break from rude peers. My prayers are with y’all.

  • Kathy was such a sweet and caring person. She left a special mark on our family especially our children who always called her (Mrs. Grandma). From the moment we met her she was instantly a part of the family and will be greatly missed!!!

  • Although I knew Mrs. Mambourg personally as my high school librarian, she is referred to me more often as one of my mom’s dearest friends. As a daughter, I always wish for my parents to have friendships that will provide support, laughter, and sincerity. She found this in Kathy. They shopped, hardened, had tea and shared lots of visits as well as supported each other through life’s challenges. It takes a special person to obtain real friendships such as what they had. I can’t imagine the void and loss that you and my mother must feel. In her memory, I will celebrate the friendship that she has shared with many and the will remember the warm environment that she offered at the library at school. Many prayers to you and your entire group of family and friends.
    Much love,
    Sara (Eagleston) Timmons
    My mother is Nancy Mowry

  • My Aunt Kathy was so very kind and compassionate, and she just seemed to love life! I am so happy that I had a chance to ski with her at Cannon Mtn. As my husband said, “she skied like a lady”. She was so graceful and so encouraging as I basically slid and fell down the mountain.
    She was also a fabulous dancer! I have a wonderful image of her in my mind, dancing at my wedding with Uncle Poppy. Also, grooving super hard at either mine or John’s wedding and slapping the floor with her hand!
    I wish that we didn’t all live so far from each other; I really wish I’d had more time with her. She was always warm and caring when we were kids, and it was so special getting to know her as an adult.
    I love you John and Uncle Greg!

  • Our prayers are with your family and loved ones. Mrs. Mambourg will be dearly missed by many.

  • Along with all tbe memories of Kathy tbat I have..and my Madison childten can provide many..my first thought is of a treasured teapot that she found at a garage sale. She knew that I would love it and it started growing my collection. Giving and sharing..thank you, Kathy.

  • My prayers are with your family. I have so many great memories of Ms. Mambourg. I volunteered in the library and she always knew when something was bothering me. She always tried to cheer me up or cheer me on. She was a very special woman and she will be greatly missed.

  • I loved helping Mrs. Mambourg in the library. She also helped coach volleyball. I also remember dog sitting for her as well. She was such a sweet lady. So sad to hear she has passed. Loving thoughts and prayers are being sent.

  • I met Kathy 17 years ago. I was pregnant with my first child and her advice to me was to spoil my child with love and time, not items. Her love for her students was contagious. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel.

  • I still remember the great times we had with Kathy and Gregg when we lived in Mansfield. Kathy helped establish the Academic Booster Club and the Student/Teacher Recognition nite at Madison High School. She had a positive impact on so many students. Gregg, I also remember our trips to the PGA Golf Tournaments at the Firestone golf course.

    We will miss Kathy and her kind heart. We appreciated the time we were fortunate to know her. Our hearts are sad but our memories of her will always be with us.

  • I’ve known Gregg since our college days at Ohio U and first met Kathy when she and Gregg allowed me to meet up with them on what, I’m pretty sure, was their honeymoon ski trip to Utah. Can that really be 35+ years ago!! Since then we would get together pretty regularly on their many ski vacations out to Colorado or whenever I’d make it back to Ohio. Kathy was a wonderful, loving person and I have nothing but the fondest of memories of times spent with her, Gregg and John. She will be missed, but will always live on in our memories of those very special times. My thoughts and and prayers are with Gregg, John and Kathy’s entire family. She will be missed, but we’re all the better for knowing her!

  • The mold was certainly broken when God made her! She was a bright light for me when I was in high school, and she left an imprint on me that has nor will ever leave! She helped me through many tough times in my life during my school years, and I honestly think I spent more time in the library because she was such a loving woman. I still have a few birthday cards from her, as well as little trinkets that she had given me.She inspired me to make myself a better person, and to reach for the stars. I will forever be grateful for her wise words, and comfort when I needed it the most. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. She will be so very missed. I don’t think that there could ever be another person who comes close to being as amazing and special as Mrs. Mambourg

  • Prayers for your family in this time of loss- Mike Cress fellow former employee of Madison

  • I will always treasure the friendship I had with Kathy when we worked together at Madison. She always had a positive attitude and inspired anyone she met. She lived her life to the fullest and I know she will be missed by so many people. God has received a very special angel.

  • There is always sorrow at the passing of a loved one, but rejoining as well for she is now with our lord. Yes she will be missed.
    The Fleszar family
    Uncle Chet

  • She was a friendly presence while I was in high school. I remember her most as the coach of the Academic Challenge team. Though I hadn’t seen her in years, I still remember her fondly and was saddened to hear of her passing. My condolences to her friends and family.

  • So many great memories from back in the day when John and Brandon were in school. We always enjoyed hanging out with Kathy and Greg rooting for our boys. What a lovely person. I am truly glad she touched our lives. An amazing remarkable lady. We was very sad to hear of this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Greg and John and your family.

  • Greg, John and families,
    So sad to hear of Kathy’s passing. We remenbet her infectious smile and kindness. We got to know her back in 1985 when we started a fund raiser to bring Toma to Madison to speak about drugs. She will surely be missed by anyone who her.
    Hugs and prayers at this difficult time. Jerry & Kim Majors

  • Mrs. Mambourg was one of the Special Teachers I have Had in my life. She was always there to make me feel better about myself. She was my ultimate Cheerleader! Now she is up in heaven cheering us all on. My deepest Sympathy to her Family and Loved Ones.

  • Mrs Mambourg was such a great person. She touched so many lives in her time at Madison. Deepest sympathies to her family.

  • Kathy was a beautiful woman who we next door to her on Inwood Dr.. I would wake early in the morning to her singing and humming digging in her flower beds. She was always ready to share information on flower beds. We missed the Mambourg’s when we moved, however we caught up at the Dogwood estates parties. You will be missed
    but remembered.

  • Kathy was a person who always looked for the best in everyone around her. Although it’s been 15 years, I remember Kathy as an extremely caring and compassionate person. Losing her at 67 is very upsetting and a big loss for everyone! She Will Be Missed. My condolences go out to Greg, John and family.

  • Kathy had a special way of conveying warmth and caring…a rare gift God gave her. When she was listening to something you were sharing, you felt she really focused, not just in a casual way, but with her heart, and you felt valued. I feel blessed to have crossed paths with Kathy even briefly. Praying for your loss at this difficult time.

  • My deepest sympathies are extended to Kathy’s family. Kathy was a dedicated volunteer with the RSVP program here in Richland County. She loved people and helping others and doing special projects for the community. I missed her so much when you moved away, but understood her desire to be closer to her grandchildren and open that new chapter of her life. She was loved and respected by so many people and students at Madison High School. May God give you comfort and peace at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • We have prayed for many, many months for Kathy. We will now pray for you, Greg, John, and your family that our heavenly Father will comfort you and bring you peace. Kathy was a joyous lady who spread happiness everywhere that she went. Her memory will live on in the many lives that she touched.
    Ray and Jane Mellick

  • Greg, Jeanette and I just heard . Ron Martin asked Barb Acton to forward the news. Being relatively new to Facebook, I was slow in getting the message. We are both shocked and saddened to hear of Kathy’s passing. You are in our prayers.

  • So sad to hear this news. Will forever remember her awesome smile and laugh. Heaven absolutely gained an angel. We will all meet again. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with Gregg and John and family. Big hugs!!

  • Kathy was a special person, she was so curious and made you feel as if you knew each other forever. She always had something interesting to say, her love for life was obvious to anyone who knew her. I always enjoyed spending time with her when she visited Jeanette and Harlan in Texas. Condolences to the family.

  • Oh Aunt Kathy. Words cannot describe how much of a champion you were to everyone in our family, especially me. I’ll never forget your visits with Uncle Gregg up to Vermont/New Hampshire, especially that one trip a few years ago when Uncle Gregg was scared driving up the Mount Washington Auto Road. I’m extremely bummed that I was unable to say goodbye, and I wish I had taken the time to visit you in Ohio much more often than I did. I’m going to really miss your infectious smile and personality, big enough to electrify an entire room full of people. I love you, along with John and Uncle Gregg!

  • I have so many fond memories of Kathy, but the ones that I’ve been smiling about lately are the CACY retreats we attended with our students and her self organised after school exercise classes in the H.S. Library. If you attended either of those you will know what I mean! I was blessed to know her and blessed to have John in my 7th grade reading class. I love your family.

  • I was so sad and shocked to see this. I am so glad that I got to know mrs mambourg. I have great memories of her. I aided for her in school and would tease her about sending money to her son (often it seemed). She also loved her Michigan Wolverines. Mr. Dean loved playing the OSU fight song very loudly down the tech hallway to tease her. Another aide and I would tease her about horses; she would say she didn’t like how big they were especially their mouths. She also introduced/ tricked me into eating a wasabi pea. Thank you for such fond and great memories!

  • Dear Greg and John,

    I am sorry for your loss and please accept my condolences. Kathy was a good woman who always looked on the positive side of things. I will remember her for her good nature and spirit. I am glad I had the opportunity to talk with her last October at Erik’s wedding.

  • Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of Kathy. I knew her as Mrs. Mambourg the librarian at Madison, but also as my academic challenge team coach. She was always so kind and encouraging. I remember her ever-present smile and great laugh that were hallmarks of her positive personality. Although I haven’t had the chance to speak with her since graduating from high school, I am very sad for your loss and feel privileged to have known her.