As mentioned before, Kathryn was an avid crafter, as well as, an incredible seamstress. From the early 2000s onward, every year she would submit 50 various crafts to the Anne Arundel County Fair, ranging from Christmas decorations, to wall hangings, to quilts (of which she was especially proficient--having conspired closely with each of her family members over the years to quilt them their own much loved, personalized quilt to reflect their individual personalities and styles). For several years in a row she would receive ribbons and awards for 48 of the 50 submissions, and humorously be annoyed that the last two did not receive the same accolades! Fair workers remembered her and looked forward to her submissions, wondering what creative project she would submit next! Thoughtful and frugal as always, Kathryn saved her prize money to purchase materials for her next year's entries.
Crafting wasn't just for the fair though, as every member of her family has been the lucky recipient of her beautiful, and sometimes hilarious, Christmas tree decorations. In January she would begin perusing her vast collection of craft books and "mass producing" that year's selection of ornaments to then gift to her many children and grandchildren. And boy could she ever turn just about anything into an ornament...old peach pits, burned out light bulbs, paper towels, etc...nothing was ever left to waste in her home and she truly could take what one might think of as trash and turn it into a festive treasure! She was also gifted at Scherenschnitte, the art of paper cutting, making particularly beautiful three-dimensional Christmas trees, other holiday decor, and framed art. In her 90s, why not take up a new craft? Kathryn then became a proficient card maker. Often sending her creations as birthday, Easter and Christmas cards to families and friends.
Beyond crafting, Kathryn loved to garden and had quite the green thumb, everything she planted grew without abandon! That green thumb left most window ledges in her house sporting some sort of greenery, a bathtub overflowing with what looked like a mini-rainforest, and expansive gardens and potted plants throughout her property. Well into her 80s she could be seen cruising around her yard on her riding lawn mower, or on especially hot days, taking intermittent breaks from gardening, sitting on her front porch with a sweet tea in one hand and one of her trademark romance novels in the other.
Over the years, she and Steven enjoyed frequent travel, going to every historic site she could throughout the United States. Sometimes bringing along children or grandchildren to share those experiences.
Kathryn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, teacher, and friend. Upon meeting her it would be impossible to say she did not leave a lasting impression! Strong, courageous, sassy, opinionated, resilient, and full-of-life, Kathryn's picture could most likely be found sitting next to the definition of moxie in a dictionary. Her presence will so greatly be missed, but her legacy of love, humor, and grit will so profoundly live on in all those she touched.
Kathryn is survived by: her oldest daughter Stephanie Groth and her family, which includes grandson Richard Groth; grandson David Groth, and great-grandsons Dale and Dean Groth; grandson Christopher Groth (Anne Groth); grandson Steven Groth; and grandson Thomas Groth; her second daughter Cheryl Fercha (widow of the late Mohammed Frecha) and her family, which includes grandson Joseph Fercha, and great-grandsons Gunnar and Steven Fercha, and Schohn Bratcher; grand-daughter Samia Killmar, and great-grandsons Landon and Avery Killmar; grand-daughter Aysha Anderson(Josh Anderson), and great-grandsons Aiden and Dylan Anderson, and great-granddaughter Monroe Anderson; grand-daughter Nadia Fercha(Melissa Fercha), and great-grandson Montediego Ramos, and great-granddaughters Americee Ramos and Lochlyn Fercha; grandson Omar Fercha(Megan Fercha), and great-granddaughter Wavery Fercha; and grandson Badyr Fercha(Ali Fercha); her third daughter Susan Szekely and her family, which includes granddaughter Alexandra Walker (Tim Walker), and great-granddaughters Ada and Ivy, and grandson Bodie Walker; and grandson Charles Miller (Lindsey Miller), and great-granddaugher Lorelei and great-grandson Nolan Miller. Kathryn was predeceased by her son Randall E. Szekely (widow Nancy Szekely remarried to Harold Summers) who is survived by: granddaughter Amy Blanchard, and great-granddaughter Miranda Jacobs, great-grandson Matthew Merritt and great-great-granddaughter Kinsley Merritt; granddaughter Mindy Bell (Bill Bell), and great-grandson Michael LaBreck, great-great-granddaughter Lianna Bell, great-granddaughter Bianca Leverett, and great-great-granddaugher Kara Leverett; and granddaughter Nicole Greenway( Zach Greenway), and great-granddaughters Danika, Milayna, and MacKenzie Greenway.
The family will receive visitors at the family owned Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services, P.A., 1 2nd Avenue SW (at Crain Hwy.) Glen Burnie on Sunday, January 21st from 2-5 PM. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, January 22nd at 11:00 AM in the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.