Katherine Helen (Kotila) Scholz

BROOKVILLE, Ohio — Katherine Helen (Kotila) Scholz, 89, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020, at her home in Brookville, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, James Arthur Scholz, by her parents, Julia and Onni Kotila; and by her brother, John Kotila.

She graduated Valedictorian of the 1949 Class at Hancock Central High School in Hancock. She graduated from Wittenberg University in Ohio, with a bachelor of science degree in education. She was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Brookville, directing the cherub choir and handbell choir, teaching Sunday School and recently participating in Bible Study and quilt group.

She was an elementary school teacher at Highview School in Dayton, Ohio, and a substitute teacher in Brookville and New Lebanon, Ohio. She also gave private flute lessons.

She enjoyed being with her family and friends always looking for and usually finding the sunny side of life.

She is survived by her three daughters, Janet (Douglas) Burkett, Julie (Jeffrey) Tate and Jean Scholz (Steve) Mellum; grandchildren, Katherine and Carole Burkett, Christopher and Phillip Tate and Andrea (Jesse) Greene and Brenna Mellum; sister-in-law, Patricia Kotila; nieces, Sherri (Craig) Pittman, Quenby and Megan Kotila; and nephew, Steve (Vickye) Scholz.

Funeral Services will be held 12 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020, at the Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, 950 Albert Rd., Brookville, with Pastor, Ali Rode officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Brookville.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 25 W. Westbrook Rd. Brookville, OH 45309, to the Delta Theta Tau Sorority, PO Box 72, Brookville, OH 45309, or the charity of your choice.

E-mail condolences may be sent by going online to gilbert-fellers.com. Masks are required for all guests attending.