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Kathleen J. Kimmel of Sharpsville, formerly of Bonita Springs, Fla., passed away Saturday morning, June 3, 2017, in her residence, after an extended illness. She was 92.
Mrs. Kimmel was born Oct. 2, 1924, in Canton, Ohio, a daughter of Charles C. and Grace L. (Scanlon) White.
She was a 1942 alumna of Sharpsville High School and a 1943 graduate of Youngstown Business College and Secretarial School. She also received certification in electrology from the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy in 1981.
Kathleen retired in 1992 after 12 years as a self-employed electrologist. She was previously employed in the laboratory at Sharon Regional Health System for 12 years; Packard Electric Corp. for 9 years; and National Life and Accident Insurance Co., Sharon, for 11 years.
She served with the U.S. Civil Service Commission for three years during World War II and was a member of the Sharpsville VFW.
Kathleen was a member of the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage. She previously was an active member of St. Bartholomew Church, Sharpsville, and its Altar and Rosary Society. While living in Florida, she was a member of St. Leo's Church, Naples.
Kathleen enjoyed baking wedding cakes for family and friends, crocheting and knitting, playing cards, bocce and swimming. She also taught the English language to Mexican immigrants while living in Florida.
Her husband, Robert A. Kimmel, whom she married May 19, 1951, passed away Jan. 20, 2007.
Surviving are: a daughter, Rebecca A. Hoffman and her fiance Terry Maykowski, Sharpsville; a son, Robert A. Kimmel Jr., Washington, Pa.; six grandchildren, Jason Porterfield, Julie Settle, Kayla Kimmel, Calen Hoffman, Holly Kimmel and Rachel Kimmel; four great-grandchildren, Sierra, Gionni, Saphire and Quinn; two great-great-granddaughters, Aleah and Harmony; five sisters, Betty Lou Fess, Sharpsville; Eileen Puhl and her husband John, Hermitage; Elaine Urchek and her husband Jack, Cortland, Ohio; Nancy Scott and her husband Robert, Troy, Ala.; and Rita Smith, Florida; a sister-in-law, Sally White, Hermitage; and many, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Jeannette Paoletta Moreale; four brothers, Ed, Ken, Pat and Eugene White; and a brother-in-law, Ray Fess.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, TN 38105.

Mrs. Robert A. (Kathleen J.), 92, of Sharpsville, formerly of Bonita Springs, Fla.
Calling hour: noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday (6-7-17) in the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com
Funeral: Mass of Christian burial at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the church with the Very Rev. Richard Allen, E.V., pastor, as celebrant.
Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Published on June 4, 2017
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