Kathy Sue Tangen

October 25, 1967 ‒ November 19, 2020

Sunbury, Ohio

Kathy Sue Tangen (Thomas), 53, of Delaware, Ohio, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Thursday, November 19, 2020 in Sunbury, Ohio. After being diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Cancer in March of 2018, she bravely and fearlessly underwent countless treatments and surgeries, but ultimately succumbed from complications incurred by cancer treatments. She never once wavered in her resilience and stubbornness, and fought with grace and dignity until the very end.

She was born in Delaware, Ohio to the late Mervin (Muggs) Thomas and Jacqueline McAuliffe (Bogan) on October 25, 1967. For eighteen years she was married to Mark Blakeman, tying the knot after the birth of their daughter, Kree  in 1991, and later their son Dillon born in 1993. A graduate of Elgin High School in Marion, Ohio, she went on to cosmetology school but ultimately worked in a variety of settings throughout her life. Most notably, the Amvets Post 102 and Delaware County Transit (DATABus) where she amassed many lifelong friends that have now become family.

One of the many highlights of her life came March 30, 2018 when Kathy married her husband Tony Tangen in an intimate ceremony in Delaware, Ohio. Through Tony’s strength and devotion to her, she always had a loving hand to hold and shoulder to cry on throughout this journey. The couple lived in Sunbury, Ohio with their many “therapy” pets as she liked to call them. Over the eight years that Kathy and Tony were together, the number of pets they gathered grew, starting with ; dogs Otis, Roscoe, and Bandit, as well as an inside cat named Reuben and two outdoor cats. They were always her loyal “lap dogs” and stayed by her side throughout the good times and the bad.

Kathy enjoyed more than anything traveling to the beach and seeing the ocean while collecting many flip flop, palm tree, and other themed items throughout the years. Her many trips to Fort Myers, Florida were among her favorite as well as many other trips taken with her husband Tony to places such as Michigan and Minnesota. Her greatest joy though, was being a grandmother, “Mimi”, to her grandchildren Harper (2.5), Dillon Jr. (11 mo), and a grandson on the way. They were the center of her world and no matter what hardships she was going through at the time, she always made it a priority to put a smile on her face for them. Their love for their “Mimi” is what kept her going in the darkest of times and is what fueled her relentlessness to never give up.

Kathy is survived by her beloved family; her husband Tony Tangen; children Kree Blakeman, Dillon (Victoria) Blakeman, and Sydney (Josh) Tangen; grandchildren Harper and Dillon Jr. Blakeman; mother Dorothy (Mervin) Thomas; mother-in-law Loretta Tangen; and sister-in-law Tammy Tangen. She is also survived by brothers George and Mervin Jr. Thomas; sister Jackie Gibson; beloved cousins Virginia (Doug) Myers and Melinda Ross; as well as many other cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her beloved father Mervin (Muggs) Thomas; her mother Jacqueline McAuliffe (Bogan); and father-in-law Darwin Stanley Tangen.

A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, November 27, 2020 from 4-7pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive Delaware, Ohio.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 1:00pm with additional visitation from 12-1pm preceding the service. Burial services will take place immediately following the service at Prospect Cemetery (Winter St. County HWY 83).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks will be required and social distancing must be observed. If you are unable to attended the services in person, the service will be live streamed on Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center Facebook page www.facebook.com/DelawareSFH/

Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the Amvets Post 102, 485 Park Ave. Delaware, Ohio 43015 (https://www.ohamvets.org/post-102) or the American Cancer Society

To share a fond memory or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting  the family with arrangements.

  • Kathy was a great lady, always giving time to others, she also worked in Title, for Real Estate. Always had a smile! So sad! RIP!

  • Kree and family,
    What a beautiful tribute for your mother. May she Rest In Peace.
    Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mr. Ed and Cathy

  • We are thankful to be a part of your life and hope we can offer comfort and strength during your time of need.

  • Sending all my love and prayers to the entire family. She fought a long, tough battle. May she finally rest peacefully.

  • Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about the death of Kathy. She was beautiful inside & out.

    Although we are unable to attend, please know we are here to support you in your grieving process.

    With sincere sympathy, may beauty live on in your memories of Kathy and bring you peace.

    With Love,
    Kenny, Jennifer, Kaitlyn & Kelsey Kite

  • May you rest in peace Kathy! Prayers to her children and Tony and her family.she was a very special lady that’s for sure. And Kathy you will be missed by so many. Such a kind person, I orginally met her at the data hub on park Avenue. She was one of a kind and I got to know her very well. I’ll miss you Kathy. Until we meet again! Fly high beautiful.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you find comfort in knowing that you have your very own guardian angel now. I will miss Kathy’s beautiful smile she always displayed for the world to see. Kathy was always so kind and friendly to everyone she came in contact with.You will be missed my friend! ❤️

    Love,
    Jason and Laurie Kraus
    & Family