Kay  Wachter
Katherine "Kay" Wachter, 93, of Hermitage, passed away peacefully early Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Hospitality Care Center, Hermitage.
Kay was born on Feb. 24, 1926, to John and Katherine Teutsch Bochu in Ecourse, Mich.
As a child, she moved with her family to Youngstown, Ohio, where she went on to graduate from Rayen High School.
She moved to Sharon and later to Sharpsville and Hermitage after her marriage to Walter P. "Wally" Wachter on June 12, 1948. He preceded her in death on Feb. 18, 2015.
Kay had an extensive career as a medical secretary, starting as a stenographer in the X-ray department at Sharon General Hospital. Later, she was a ward secretary and secretary to the nursing director at the then-Shenango Valley Osteopathic Hospital in Farrell.
For several years, she was a certified medical assistant to Drs. Lynn F. Brumm and John V. Coupland in Hermitage.
After her retirement, she booked and directed tours in the U.S. and Canada for New Castle-based George Ku Tours.
In her spare time, Kay loved to draw and paint. She took special joy in giving away her works to friends and relatives. Several of her paintings won first place at exhibits around the area. She was a former secretary of the Valley Arts Guild in Sharon.
Kay was also an accomplished musician, as a pianist and a singer. For many years, she and Wally sang with the Transylvanian Saxons Concordia Chorus in Youngstown, making two concert tours in Europe with the group.
But to Kay's family and many friends, her biggest talents were as a cook and hostess supreme. Her home was often a gathering place and Party Central, expected and unexpected - many planned parties and fine-dining dinners, but mostly impromptu - and she took pride in "getting the food ready," even at a moment's notice.
Her most amazing talent came out when unexpected guests arrived as she was preparing supper. She'd send Wally or her kids out the back door to the store for more ingredients, then invited those guests, and it looked she planned for them all along.
Her most popular fixings: spaghetti sauce "from the old country" for supper and pancakes for breakfast; her kids loved to call them "manhole covers." And while she was cooking, she made it clear: "Get out of my kitchen!"
Kay was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hermitage, where she was a member of the Dorcas Society. She was a former member of the Sharpsville Women's Club.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathie Wachter, and her companion, Matt Curic, of Sharon, and Debbie Wachter, of New Castle; her son, Walter J. "Skip", and his wife, Patty, of Harrisburg; three grandchildren, Courtney Wachter and Derek Wachter and his wife, Brooke; and two great-grandchildren, Jacoby David Wachter and Josie Alana Wachter.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Bochu; and sisters, Mary Ann Lewis and Caroline Frank.
The Wachter family extends a special "thank you" to the staffs of Hospitality Care Center and Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kay's memory may be made to the memorial fund of her church.

Katherine, 93, of Hermitage.
Calling hour: 10 a.m. until the time of service Monday (9-23-19) in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3325 Morefield Road, Hermitage.
Funeral service: 11 a.m. Monday in the church, with Rev. Gary Nelson, pastor, officiating.
Interment: America's Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements have been entrusted to J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Published on September 20, 2019


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Kim Sveda
Sep 23, 2019
Kathy, Skip, and Debbie - My deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mom. I will always remember the fun times we shared together. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Kimmie Sveda
Jim Kilbert
Sep 22, 2019
I relish the time I spent meeting and travelling to Europe with Kay's three children.....Until now, I never realized Wally was their Dad......May she Rest in Peace....
Laura Wachter
Sep 21, 2019
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Sep 21, 2019
Debbie, Kathie and Skip: my deepest sympathies to all of you. Your mom was a special woman. I truly enjoyed helping her, getting her to tell stories all while "being a pest." She knew what she wanted and had a little stubborn streak. She was loved and will be missed. 🙏❤️