Katherine Virginia Pell

November 20, 1928 - April 5, 2021
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Katherine Virginia Pell, 92, recently of Coshocton and Dover, Ohio, and previously a long-time resident of New Philadelphia, died in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on April 5, 2021, after a brief illness.

Katherine was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Fred and Ann Starritt on November 20, 1928, and had a memorable childh…

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Katherine Virginia Pell, 92, recently of Coshocton and Dover, Ohio, and previously a long-time resident of New Philadelphia, died in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on April 5, 2021, after a brief illness.

Katherine was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Fred and Ann Starritt on November 20, 1928, and had a memorable childhood there through 6th grade and then in Charleston, WV, through high school.

Katherine is survived by her sons, Bill Jr. (Nancy) of Hot Springs, AR, and Bob (Michelle) of Coshocton; four grandchildren, their spouses and one great-granddaughter in Ohio: Jessica (Aaron) Brailer of Nashport, Matthew (Stephanie) Pell of Brunswick Hills, Kaitlyn (Adam) Eckelberry and their daughter Avery of Newcomerstown, and Emilee (Andrew) Miller of Frazeysburg; one great-grandson, Nathan Pell-Cook of Hot Springs, AR; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.

Her husband of 67 years, Bill, and a granddaughter, Leah, preceded her in death. When Katherine learned that Leah had passed, she spontaneously told Bill Jr., “Dad met her in Heaven, and they’re singing together.” Now we envision the three of them together again, singing old hymns and whatever else was pleasing.

Mom often shared memories of her wonderful childhood growing up with her two big brothers in Michigan, Fred Jr. and Zack, other family and friends and later in Charleston, West Virginia. Kap, as her brothers tagged her, loved to row, swim and ice skate, and she later acted in plays and gave recitations during her high school days in Charleston.

As a freshman at West Virginia University, she met her husband-to-be, Bill, a returning senior and Army veteran. Katherine finished her second year at WVU, and then the couple married on August 7, 1948, in Charleston. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary a few months before Bill died in October 2015.

Katherine was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and sister-in-law, aunt, schoolteacher and friend. She was always deeply admired by family and friends for her caring and thoughtful nature and will be remembered for a life well lived. She amazed extended family by consistently remembering not only nieces and nephews-in-law but also great nieces on their birthdays and anniversaries, and by writing frequent, lengthy, enjoyable letters to encourage and update the extended family.

She taught kindergarten and second grade students for more than two decades at Tuscarawas Elementary School in New Philadelphia, beginning a year or two before she earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University. Even before she retired, and certainly afterward, it was nearly impossible for her to go anywhere in that city or adjacent Dover without being recognized by at least one former student or parent. She was widely respected and liked, because she was an excellent and dedicated teacher who made a difference in the lives of many people.

Katherine loved the ocean, playing card games or cribbage with friends or relatives, dancing, sewing, reading, shopping, traveling and participating in church activities. She loved family gatherings, spending time with grandchildren, and participating fully in the life of her community.

She and Bill Sr. were long-time pillars of the First United Methodist Church in New Philadelphia, and their cremated remains will reside together in that church’s columbarium following a memorial service and celebration of life at the church at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Katherine’s memory may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, 201 W. High Ave., New Philadelphia, OH 44663.


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Born: November 20, 1928
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Clayton Peoples posted on 4/15/21

Katherine Pell was my second grade teacher. She was an amazing person and had a great impact on my educational development. After being in her class, she would always say "hello" and engage in friendly interactions. She was a kind, amiable person and a terrific educator. I'm very sorry to hear of her passing.


Dave Gingrich posted on 4/13/21

Bob, Michelle & the entire Pell family ... we extend our condolences on the passing of your mother. She sounds like a great lady and I’m sure she will be missed. What a full life she led! Dave & Jane Gingrich


Bradley Rippel posted on 4/12/21

To Bill and Families. It was a great pleasure to have known your Mom and Dad!, and to have talked with them often at Church. As a young child, I remember how calm your Mother would be, when most Mothers would be angry or upset! May your fond memories bring smiles to your heart, now and forever! Brad


Minnie Garabrandt posted on 4/12/21

Katherine was one of the most precious ladies that I ever met. She was one of a kind--a jewel. I met her when she registered for classes at Kent Tuscarawas where I worked as secretary to Dr. Hazard. After retiring, whenever we met, we had great times of reviewing our times together. Blessings to each of her family members.


Anna Wise posted on 4/12/21

Prayers of comfort and strength for you and yours. So very sorry for your loss. Your Mother was a beautiful and kind lady. Take care and God bless!


Lori Phillips posted on 4/10/21

Mrs. Pell was our kindergarten teacher. What an amazing dear lady, the best and favorite teacher we ever had. Always encouraging, thoughtful and kind. She remembered us by name 40 - 50 years later. She was a blessing to have as our teacher. Lori Fischio Phillips Sue Fischio Hatcher


Jan and Steve Warden posted on 4/10/21

My husband and I extend our sympathy to Katherine's family, as we also mourn her passing. I met her in the late 1970's when I came to the area. I immediately knew that she was special--so kind, thoughtful, and caring. I enjoyed being with her at the beginning of our relationship, and I treasured my visits with her in Dover and then in Coshocton. After the pandemic closed everything down, I spoke with her periodically on the phone until the last several months. I feel as if I know each one of you because she shared the joys of her family with me. She was enthusiastic about and thankful for each and everyone of you. A true lady, I feel privileged to have to have known her, and honored that she cared about me also, giving me a small glass bowl when she downsized and moved to the apartment in Dover. Your will remain in my thoughts and prayers.


Aden & Judy Schrock posted on 4/10/21

Bill, Bob and families, We were so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. We had the pleasure of getting to know both your parents at First United Methodist Church. We always enjoyed being with them. Your mother was quite a lady and we know she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. We will always remember both of your parents as special people we were privileged to know. Deepest sympathy, Aden and Judy Schrock


Rick Williams posted on 4/9/21

My sympathy to Bill and Bob. I remember Mrs. Pell very well as I was growing up with Bill and Bob. we spent much time together over the years. Your mother was a wonderful person , and she will not be forgotten. I wish both of you well.


Lee Hendrix posted on 4/9/21

I had the great fortune of having Mrs. Pell as my second grade teacher. Not only was she a dedicated teacher, she was a genuinely nice lady who helped me get over some trauma left over from my first grade teacher. Under her careful tutelage I began to excel academically and continued to do so throughout the rest of my academic career. For that, I will always be grateful. Katherine must have been one of those teachers who remembered all her students, because she would inquire about how I was doing whenever she ran into my mom, for several decades! She was truly a remarkable woman.


Jim and Marcia Martin posted on 4/9/21

So very sorry for your family’s loss. May God bring you comfort and peace.


Julie posted on 4/8/21

Mrs. Pell was my second teacher and we shared our birthday. For many years, I would receive a birthday card from her. She was a wonderful and dedicated teacher and woman. We lived close to each other, that I would see her walking around the neighborhood later in life. Heaven gained an angel??


Janet Brailer posted on 4/8/21

What a sweet lovely lady Catherine was. Our prayers are with all of the family as you mourn the loss of her. We love you all. ?? Sincerely, Roger and Janet


Joetta Teckmeyer posted on 4/8/21

Prayers for you and your family. So sorry for your loss.


Scott R Urfer posted on 4/8/21

She was my kindergarten teacher at Tusc Elementary School and remember her fondly to this day! Imagine all the souls she touched and inspired! That makes me smile and celebrate her life!


Judy Simmerman posted on 4/8/21

Bob Michelle and family so sorry to hear of the death of Mrs Pell she was a very gracious lady and will be missed.


Dianna Lynn Harmon posted on 4/8/21

To the Pell family, your parents were our neighbors for decades, first when my mom and dad lived on Sherman Avenue, then me and then Jon and I after we got married. Will always remember her sitting on the patio reading with only her legs in the sun. And seeing her walk to the school in morning to teach. She will be missed by many. Dianna and Jon Harmon and Janet Renner


Jane Gerber posted on 4/8/21

Katherine touched my life in so many ways. She was my cooperating teacher at Tuscarawas Ave. Elementary when I did my student teaching. Her encouraging and positive attitude helped me to have a great experience in the classroom. When I began my teaching experience she invited me to join College Club of Tuscarawas County where we enjoyed many years of service together. Katherine also had both of our sons, Jonathan and David in her second grade classroom. She always asked about them and how they were doing. She took a genuine interest in others. Please accept my prayers for peace and comfort in your loss.


Yvonne Parker Cozart posted on 4/8/21

I am so very sad to hear of the passing of Mrs. Pell! I was a kindergarten student of hers and truly enjoyed talking with her every time I would see her. As I write this, tears stream down my face as I admired and respected her very much. I am sad that I will never be able to converse with her again until we all meet again! Rest in peace my beloved teacher! Yvonne


Charlyn Menapace posted on 4/8/21

What a wonderful lady who touched so many lives. My condolences to the family. Kim and Charlyn Menapace


Cynthia Douglas posted on 4/8/21

Bob and family, Dan and I are so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. She was such a dear and beautiful person. She always had a smile to share. May memories warm your heart!


Maryruth Warther posted on 4/8/21

Katherine will be greatly missed. She encouraged me while we taught together at Tuscarawas Avenue and was always so gracious to students and staff alike. Please accept my sincere sympathy to all of her beloved family. Maryruth Warther


Emma Polilli posted on 4/8/21

What a super lady so sorry to hear that she has past. She taught all of my kids and I always said hi to her when I seen her. This breaks my heart I'm sure yours too. My prayers and thoughts are with you all ???????


Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 4/8/21

Bill, Bob & families, I was sorry to hear of your Mom's passing, Her and I worked at Tuscarawas Ave. for many years together where I was an aide. Later we were all in the same Silver Sneakers Class at the Y. Even after she moved to Dover every year I would get a birthday and Christmas card from her. She was a wonderful friend and I am a better person for knowing her. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.


Sheila Hurley posted on 4/8/21

To Bob and Family, So very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. What a wonderful life she lived!