Kathleen Pigman

October 04, 1924 ‒ December 31, 2017

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: To be inspired is great, to inspire is incredible, to do so year after year as a second grade teacher is to be Kathleen Pigman! With a personality that belied her small stature, Kathleen filled her Lexington Central Elementary School classroom with character and love for 30 years – though she taught her students, Kathleen loved her pupils through their formative years.

Kathleen Pigman passed into the Lord’s care Sunday evening December 31, 2017 in Avita Health System in Ontario. She was 93.

Kathleen was born October 4, 1924 to parents Pete & Isabelle (Combs) Browning in Hardburly, KY. After Kathleen was graduated from high school, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from Berea College in KY.

On September 13, 1947, she married Frank O. Pigman and they shared 43 wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 1990. They are now together again.

Kathleen worked for Lexington Local Schools, where she worked for over 30 years teaching 2nd grade until retiring in 1990. She attended Diamond Hills Baptist Church in Mansfield.

In her spare time, she took pleasure in walking and visiting with her neighbors. Kathleen was active and outgoing and loved gardening in the sunshine. She and her sister Ruth were as close as twins and enjoyed wintering in Ft. Myers Beach, FL for 19 years.

She is survived by her sons Frank of Lexington, Ed (Cindy) of Highland Heights, and Dave (Chris) of Mansfield; grandchildren Dustin, Benjamin, Andrew, Michael, Collin, Courtney, Ethan, and Chase; great-grandchildren Adaea, Caydez, Kaleb, Shayla, Kathleen, Andrew P., Penelope, Garrin, and Miles; sister Vera Cottrell of Arlington, VA; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends and neighbors Joe & Mary Streib and Earl & Gloria Shade.

In addition to her loving husband Frank, she was preceded in death by her parents; sons Ron and Pete; granddaughter Kristen; and siblings Wilmer Browning, Elmer Browning, Ruth Heym, and Marie Devereux.

Her family will receive friends Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Kathleen’s life will begin at 1 p.m. Celebrant Dave Roberts will speak and burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to the Lexington Branch of the Richland County Public Library may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Kathleen’s family and encourage you to share a memory & watch her video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Prayers to all of you ,She was so loved by all her students and will be missed. i will so miss the visits with her over the years and her pinching my ear and saying do you remember me dragging you to the office by the ear and then she would Smile that wonderful Smile Mrs Pigman who will be missed and R.I.P.

  • Mrs. Pigman was a neighbor and she was also our babysitter during the summer. Even though I didn’t have her in school, I know she is the reason I love to read. Frank, Dave and Ed, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your mom will be missed.

  • Frank and family please accept my condolences on your mother’s passing! You all are in my prayers!

  • I am so very sorry Frank. What a precious lady! I so remember her. Bless you and your family at this time. ( I’m now a missionary in Thailand and actually am a full time Thai student for 5 months). I pray you and DAVID are blessed and very happy in thought of all her wonderful memories. God bless you. Cheryl Griesbach Wynn

  • What a light she was in so many lives! Our small community will miss her, quite possibly , almost as much as her family will. It was always evident how much she loved her boys and their families. She always had a kind word to share and embraced everyone with respect. Sending my deepest sympathies for the entire Pigman family , may your sorrow be brief and take comfort knowing that her sunset here on earth , gave rise to a glorious sunrise in Heaven and is finally reunited with Frank Sr, Pete and Ron. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry for your loss. Kathleen was a wonderful teacher and friend. Such a beautiful lady inside and out. Raised a great family. She will always be remembered. God Bless

  • My thoughts are with you at this time. Kathleen was a wonderful lady.

  • Frank, Ed and David,
    Your mother and I shared some great times and conversations the 11 yrs I taught at Central. Several letters of correspondence have passed between us in later yrs but not recently so it was a shock to hear of her death. Yes, she will be missed by many, but there is a time and a season for all of us. My thoughts are with you .

    Joanne Nye Seith

  • I never personally knew Kathleen Pigman, but feel I do thru her praise and have a great story to share. My dear beloved companion, Rob Thurman had Mrs. Pigman for his second grade teacher. Rob passed at age 49 in 2015-however, I rccall the day he came home from work when employed by a home medical equipment company and was elated that he had made a delivery to his former 2nd grade teacher and that she remembered him ! He said a highlight of my job are moments like that & we shared a wonderful visit, such a sweet lady and one of my favorite teachers. Obviously, she impacted many lives and teaching was her passion, an avenue that
    enabled her to make an impression for years to come on her students. GOD BLESS !

  • Mrs. Pigman what a lovely lady, teacher, friend inside and out. Worked with her for many years, educationade. She enjoyed her students and they loved her. She will be missed by many.
    To her family,deepest sympathy, may God wrap you in His love during this difficult time.

  • Frank, Ed, Dave & Families ~

    Please accept our condolences on Kathleen’s passing. My mom (Joan Groll) taught next door to Kathleen for several years at Central Elementary, & throughout the years, has shared fond memories of the exuberant teaching style that so endeared Kathleen to her students. As the daughter of a teacher, many days were spent helping with Mom’s end-of-the-day classroom duties, & no matter how “long” the day might’ve been, Kathleen always had a smile for me & seemed every bit as lively as she was at the start of it!

    May you enjoy many smiles as you share memories of your mom, & may you find comfort in the days ahead, certain in the hope that is given to us through the Savior.

    Joan Groll & Shelley Barber

  • Dave, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I learned of her passing through an email from a friend today. I remember your stories about the time you spent with her. Your love for her was always evident. You and Chris, and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences, Elaine and Ernie

  • Dave, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.