Katherine Gestler-Kutzko, 56, of West Newton, PA, formerly of Yukon, PA, passed away on June 24, 2020 surrounded by her loving family due to diabetic complications. She was born February 4, 1964 in Jeannette, PA. Daughter of Susan Bashioum-Gestler and the late George Gestler of Yukon, PA. Katherine was a graduate of Yough Senior High School Class of 1982. After high school, she went on to get her BSN in Nursing from IUP and graduated in 1986. Katherine went on to work for Monsour Hospital in Jeannette, PA for twenty years, Westmoreland Hospital for ten years and retired from nursing at Hempfield Manor. She was an amazing nurse and was known to wear the traditional white dress and stockings. She was so very loved by all her patients that she cared for over the years, that even out in public she was taken aside by many and given praise for the care she provided. She had a passion for plants and filled her sunroom full of various plants including orchids which she grew herself. Even though she passed so young, she showered her daughters and grandsons with enough love to last a lifetime. She absolutely adored her grandchildren. Katherine and her significant other, Jim, had an active life traveling the country in their camper. They traveled to the Florida Key’s, Sanibel Island and went on several cruises to locations including Bermuda. She was also active in vacationing with her family and children yearly. She is preceded in death by her father and one daughter – Mary Katherine Kutzko. She is survived by her mother, her loving companion of ten years – James Leskosek of Whyles, PA, two incredible daughters – Katrina Alese Ohler and husband Russell of Yukon, PA and Alyssa Gabrielle Kutzko and significant other Caleb Izzo of Yukon, PA, two grandchildren – Ryker and Jeorge, two amazing sisters – Sandra Walters and Christina Palm and numerous nieces and a nephew. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 29, 2020 at Beatty-Rich Funeral Home, Inc. Rt 136 Madison, PA from 12 pm – 2 pm. Services will follow at 2 pm at the funeral home with Rev. Robert Green officiating. Per State mandate, Masks are required to enter the funeral home. Interment will follow at the West Newton Cemetery in West Newton, PA. Katherine’s family want to thank her doctors - Dr. Sanders and Dr. Zahid – for the compassionate care given to Katherine. Per Katherine’s wishes, “Please do not send flowers. They will only die; or gifts, they will only make my children remember my death. If you like, please make a donation to Children’s Hospital 4401 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15224, maybe a child can have an awesome life like I did. Rejoice in my life and all I’ve done. Please do not mourn my death.”
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