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Kathryn "Katie" Bixler

Kathryn J. Bixler, 95 of Fort Wayne, passed away at home on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.

Katie was born in Antwerp on Jan. 1, 1924 a daughter of the late Thomas & Minnie (Sherloh) Keating.

She was a secretary at International Harvester for many years. Katie had a youthful zest for life which showed in the enjoyment that she received from spending time with her family. She was a true gift from God to the Keating and Bixler families. A contemporary woman of tremendous class and grace, a cultured woman of great style but most of all of love. Katie practiced mindfulness, observing all of us as we went through life, letting it all happen good or bad but being there for us. There for us without interference or judgement. Always there to pick up the pieces or to celebrate our accomplishments with us. The love that she had for her family was the foundation of our lives and for that we are truly grateful. 

Katie will be sadly missed by her nieces & nephews, Marilyn Peters, Joyce Dietsch, Kathy Neer, Deb Hand, Kenny & Ed Keating, Sandy Mickelson, Nyletta Nofer, John Birkhold and dearest friend, Kurt Graves.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick, whom she married July 15, 1950; siblings, Edna Witt, Helen Birkhold, Elsie Robinson, Mabel Ames and Kenneth & Wayne Keating and nieces & nephews, Dorthy Molitor, Nancy Rogers, Tom Robinson, Bob & Phil Ames, Florence Husted & Karen Carlile.

Her funeral service is Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, 10:30 am with viewing one hour prior at Dooley Funeral Home, 202 W. River St. Antwerp, Ohio. 

Viewing is also, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, 4 - 7 pm at the funeral home.

She will be laid to rest in Maumee Cemetery.

Memorials are to Parkview Hospice.

Fond memories may be shared at dooleyfuneralhome.com

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To the family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to end all suffering. Before long, God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.(Rev. 21:1-5). May this promise from God give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

Mary Dec 12 2019 12:00 AM

Dearest family and friends of Aunt Katie, I am so blessed to have gotten to spend time with her. She had the the love and kindness of a Saint, and the wit of an obscene comedian!! We had some great laughs and conversations and she will remain forever in my heart. Deepest condolences to all.

Suzanne Overmyer Dec 9 2019 12:00 AM

As with all of Katie's other relatives and friends, I was extremely saddened to read of her passing. Katie was one of my dearest friends having worked together for many years at International Harvester/Navistar Company. After our retirement, we maintained our ongoing relationship with many memorable lunches at our favorite restaurant, Paula's in Fort Wayne. She will be forever missed.

Rose Ferguson Dec 8 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kathryn "Katie" Bixler

Steve and Donna Moran Dec 8 2019 12:00 AM

My thoughts amd prayers for all the Keating families

SANDRA TEMPLE Dec 5 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Kenny, Sandy, Nyletta, Deb and others....I read with interest your Aunt Katie's obituary and concluded that she must have been a very swell Aunt indeed..... Want you to know that I'm thinking of you and praying that God will provide you with many fond memories of her that will endure forever. You have my sympathy.....

Jim Hooker Dec 5 2019 12:00 AM

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