Kathrine May McDannald

January 20, 1942 ‒ October 27, 2020

Sunbury, Ohio

Kathrine “Kathy” May (Ackerman) McDannald, age 78, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.  She was born in Camden, New Jersey, on January 20, 1942, to Harold James Ackerman and Thelma May (Fogleman) Ackerman, both of whom preceded her in death.

Kathy was a 1963 graduate of Otterbein College with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology/home economics, as well as a 2000 graduate of Muskingum College with an Associate of Applied Science in occupational therapy.  For years, she was self-employed as an occupational therapy assistant and touched countless lives before retiring in 2010.

Surviving Kathy, and cherishing her memory, are her husband of over 55 years, Ray McDannald of Sunbury; daughters, Heidi (Jim Crowl) McDannald of Sarasota, FL, Kelly (Brad) Slavens of Johnstown, Tracie (Jason) Montague of Clarksville; sisters, Penny (Tom) Brewer of Jackson Hole, WY, Judy (Jim) Henry of New Bethlehem, PA; and grandchildren, Mea, Anika, Taner, Ally, and Morgan.  Preceding her in death include her parents and Ray’s parents, Calvin E. and Marie McDannald.

Kathy was a very special lady with a heart of gold.  She took care of people during their difficult times and took them under her wing.  She was very service-driven and maintained a strong dedication to youth throughout her life.  An active member of Sunbury United Methodist Church, Kathy was passionate in her work as a youth leader and youth mission coordinator.  She also received recognition from the United Methodist Women’s group for her dedication and excellent service to the community. Kathy was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  One of the highlights of her life was spending time with her family, especially her daughters and grandchildren, who will always remember her as a woman of love, passion and dedication to what she believed in.

Family and friends may call from 3-5pm on Friday, November 6, 2020, at Sunbury United Methodist Church (100 W Cherry St.) where a memorial service for family and invited guests only will begin at 5pm with Dr. Gordon Myers officiating.  In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Kathy’s name to Sunbury United Methodist Church Missions, 100 W. Cherry St., Sunbury, OH, 43074. DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the McDannald family.  Memories of Kathy and condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

  • It’s been a long time since Kathy and I worked together in Girl Scouts. Lots of good memories. She definitely left a mark on our lives.

  • Worked with Kathy in Girl Scouts and at the Methodist Church many years ago. She was always willing to share her knowledge and go the extra mile. The kids loved her. She has left a lot of good memories.

  • Ray,Heidi,Kelly and Tracey,
    Your mom was one of a kind. A special friend to many.
    Lots of good memories and stories of good trips and times. My prayers are with you all and with your mom who is with the Lord and is at peace. What a treasure she was.
    Love and prayers ,
    DellAnn Kuhn

  • Ray and family, John and I were so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. Kathy had such a loving spirit and touched so many lives. Our prayers are that God will give you peace and comfort.

  • Ray,

    I am so glad Nancy and I got to visit with you and Kathy last fall when I was in Ohio. We were so sad to hear of her passing. My mom and dad loved when you guys would stop by. I have so many great memories of Kathy and I will never forget her sharp wit. You and the girls are in my thoughts and I pray that your memories will bring you comfort.


    Janet Kay

  • Ray and family,
    So sorry to hear of Kathy’s death. She was a true servant inside the church and outside. I am so glad I had the opportunity to serve our Lord with her on the church staff! Kathy made a real impact on many lives and I will always remember her tireless hours of work with our youth and work missions all those many years. God is with you all during this time of grief.
    Pastor Brian Smith

  • Ray and Family, Dallas and I are so sorry to hear about Kathy’s passing. We hope your memories of her will give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  • Ray and family,
    Kathy will be missed so much. Her enthusiasm and drive helped to advance love to so many. I remember her gentleness and love with her patients at Willow Brook. There were so many people whose lives were made better by the mission trips she organized. She also had a sense of humor. Kathy was what Christian love is all about. Bette and I probably will not be able to make calling hours because Bette is usually still in dialysis at that time, but our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thank you for sharing her with us over the years.

  • My heartfelt condolences to the McDannald family. Kathy had a lovely personality and a kind heart. She took time to get to know you and helped in any capacity. Her love for Christ was certainly noticed through her work in the church and to others. May God give the family peace and comfort during this time.

  • I built the McDannald home during the terrible winter of 78 and the blizzard.
    I became friends with Ray and Katie after that.
    Many happy memories of fairs, livestock shows, and making about a 100,000 thousand bales of hay over the years.
    After a hard days work ,no one ever went away hungry from the McDannald table.
    God bless you Katie, Ray, Heidi,Kelly, and Tracie.

  • Ray and family.
    Kathy was my hero.
    A champion of anything missions.
    She was someone my four children knew they could on for ANYTHING.
    All of the Caslow’s will miss her.

    So glad she is not suffering anymore but will miss her dearly.
    See ya upstairs where I am sure you will be running things.

  • Ray

    We were so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Bob and Eileen Brenner

  • We were so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. Many
    Fond memories of Lion’s projects and the fun we had serving others. Our community will miss her.

  • Dear Ray and Family,

    Our world now feels of a true loss ~ for Kathy added so much caring, kindness and sincerity to our world and especially for those fortunate to know her . As a Clip House Gal, she brought a warmth and depth that touched all our hearts and lives. Deepest sympathy to all who loved her.

    Lois and Greg Harris

  • Kathy will always have a special place in my heart. So many wonderful memories. She was a true devoted servant to the Lord. She was always kind and supportive. She always spelled my name with an “ie” like her Tracie. We often shared a tea bag on Sunday mornings. Just a couple of the fond memories I will always treasure.

    Praying for the McDannald family as you mourn the loss of a strong and faithful woman.

  • Cathy was always a kind and loyal friend to many people. I looked forward to her and Ray coming to me for haircuts for many years. She will be missed. Prayers to Ray and her family.

  • Ray
    Sorry to hear of Kathy passing. She was quite a lady. Helped so many in her life! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Wendell and Phyllis Taylor

  • Tracie and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mothers are very special and I know she has left you with lots of great memories.
    Sending hugs!
    Rose Fisher Merkowitz

  • Tracie,
    So sorry to hear about your mom. Your family will be in thought and prayer as you celebrate the life of your mom and you cherish many memories together remembering her. I’m sure she was a wonderful person to have raised a person like you.

    Blessings, Love and Hugs!!

  • Ray and Family,

    So sorry for the loss of Kathy. We will always have fond memories of all of are fun times growing up with Kathy and Ray, and then later on as adults. Always fun times and great friendships. We will miss her, but know she is no longer suffering. God Bless and love always.

    Larry and Mary Claire Wilson
    Anthem, Arizona

  • Dear Ray and girls,

    I am so very sorry when I was told of Kathy’s passing. You two showed so much love and consideration for each other. I always looked forward to visiting with the two of you at the BWHS football games and the dinner in December at your church. Also, I can never thank you, Kathy and Mia for all of your help a few years ago. You are a most wonderful cousin and have raised three beautiful young ladies! May all of you be showered with God’s love and comfort.

  • To Kathys’s family
    Bobbie and i send our condolences on the loss of Kathy and I remember
    her from WHS as a class mate of class of ’59.
    Larry Roshon, New Jersey.

  • Heidi – I’m so sorry for your loss! I remember the times Mea would talk about spending time with her grandmother. No doubt she was an amazing woman. Many memories to cherish for sure.

  • Ray and family, I have so many great memories of working on different UMW projects with Kathy. She was one person who always ‘turned up” to help on all the worthwhile projects. And often had you, Ray , with her to help with the dishes or cart the boxes, or whatever was needed. She always knew the practical thing to do to help. You were quite the team! She was such a great person and is surely getting her reward. We will miss her and her wise council in UMW. The world is diminished with her passing, and heaven is surely enjoying her presence. God bless you all. Nancy and Bob Singer

  • I am so glad to have known Kathy. Everytime I went to SUMC, she was there working on something. I am sure God will welcome her with open arms. I send sympathy and prayers to all of you as you grieve and adjust to this change. God’s love be with you all.

  • Linda and I send sympathy for your loss. We have good memories of working with Kathy and Ray at youth work missions in Michigan and in South Carolina. We enjoyed friendship and fellowship. We are all better to have known her.

  • The Moore family is so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. Zac, Lauren and Jess have wonderful memories of the life-changing work missions Kathy organized. She made a tremendous impact on the lives of countless youth. Kathy’s commitment to the church and community were beyond measure, and her energy and passion were contagious. Mea, I‘m so grateful for the special relationship you had with your grandmother. Ray, we are praying for you and your family.