Katherine E. Yutzy
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Katherine E. Yutzy
She was born Aug. 4, 1927, to Emery and Florence (Kramer) Yutzy in Plain City, Ohio. She grew up on a dairy farm with seven brothers and three sisters, attending the Canaan Amish Mennonite Church; she was baptized there at age 15.
Kay chose a celibate life of service beginning with voluntary service in Kansas City prior to nursing education at Eastern Mennonite University (formerly College), Harrisonburg, Virginia, and La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing, Colorado.
After graduation, she worked as a staff nurse in Otero County Health Dept., as a school and migratory laborer nurse.
In 1959, she completed her bachelor's degree in nursing at Colorado University, Boulder. Her career in nursing education began at Bloomington, Illinois, four years before entering Case Western University for a master's degree.
Joining the Elkhart Mission Network, she continued her teaching in Dhamtari, India, and ended when she retired from Goshen College nursing faculty after 17 years there.
In between, Kay managed return trips to Dhamtari to assist in upgrading the School of Nursing/Midwifery to a college status, where they now have more than 300 students in three different nursing programs.
Kay spent one summer in voluntary service in Mississippi as relief nurse in a holistic health clinic, did graduate studies at Indiana University and took trips with nurse educator groups to China, South Africa and Australia. She was active in the Nurses Association and the Mennonite Nurses Association.
In community service, she served with Books Abroad Program, AAUW, Great Decision discussion groups and College Mennonite Church. After retirement, these activities were continued along with voluntary work in hospice, the church, Greencroft and Walnut Court, Greencroft. At church she was active in neighborhood group, K-group, adult choir, Home Builder's Sunday school class, service committee and visitation. She taught Sunday school and sang in choirs in each area she served except in India and was a charter member of First Mennonite Church of Bloomington, Illinois.
Kay enjoyed her family, neighbors, friends, her vegetable garden and flower beds. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad.
Survivors include three brothers, Paul and Allen, both of Plain City, and Homer, Wauseon, Ohio; two sisters, Ada Schlabach, Sun City, Arizona, and Esther Zeitz, Solon, Ohio. She was aunt to 36 nieces and nephews and more than 75 great-nieces and -nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Daniel, Norman, Ralph and Valentine; and sister, Lula Thomas.
Friends may call one hour prior to the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, Jan. 5, in the Koinonia Room of College Mennonite Church, Goshen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to College Mennonite Church Jubilee Fund, Habitat for Humanity or Greencroft Foundation.
There will be an additional memorial service Aug. 3 in Plain City, Ohio.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at yoderculpfuneralhome.com
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