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In Memory of
Mary Katheryn Petro
June 29, 1917 - March 18, 2019

Saturday, March 23rd from 9-11 a.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

Saturday, March 23rd 11 a.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

Green Lawn Cemetery

Mary Katheryn (Katie) Denbow Petro went home to her beautiful Lord of her life at Feridean Commons on Monday, March 18, 2019. She was born on June 29, 1917 in Columbus, Ohio to Dr. Carl K. Denbow, DDS, and Maudean Baxter Denbow and graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1935. She highly believed in education and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1939 where she was a one of the few women in the study of Journalism. She was employed with her B. S/Journalism at the Columbus Dispatch from 1939 until her marriage to her High School Sweetheart, James Hollis Petro, on February 15, 1941 in Washington D.C. Jim and Katie welcomed the first daughter, Genevieve (Jennie) after that, but settled back in Columbus, Ohio with the birth of their second daughter, Lynn Anne. Both daughters enjoyed the loving 52 year marriage of James Hollis Petro and Mary Katheryn. The best was yet to come with a career move for Jim to Chillicothe, Ohio where Katie made a warm and loving home in early 1954. Katie was soon engaged in service with the Walnut Street United Methodist Church there. Healthy meals, sewing our school clothes, and making costumes for school plays and musicals were of top priority for her girls. By 1961, Katie packed up our home in Chillicothe and joined Jim in a year assignment with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. to journey to Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa, where Katie made another comfortable home for us from what housing was granted us in Jim's work contract. Upon arriving back home in Chillicothe, Katie became employed by Chillicothe Public Schools in the offices of Western and Worthington Elementaries. Retiring in 1984, Katie still loved sewing and fishing with Jim in some of the Ross County ponds. Together, Jim and Katie, along with family, yearly traveled to Manatoulin Lake, Canada for bass where she caught some really big ones. Also during this time, together with her husband, many, many long and short trips were traveled to courthouses and libraries for Geneology research all the way back as time presented itself for the Petro and Denbow family lines. All information they gathered was documented on a Family Tree for us who followed them. Katie and Jimmy played couples Bridge with friends and family, and you could hear the laughter, the Big Band music, and the singing in harmony throughout the entire house throughout the evening. Together, they participated in Church activities, went out to dinner, and Chillicothe High School Musicals. Katie was Jim's Camera apprentice holding and giving him the correct lens for the thousands of photos that Jim took. After Jim's journey to Jesus in May, 1993, Katie purposefully sat down at the Bridge table with many lovely women of Chillicothe to play Bridge and this grew to double table Bridge. The deal with these groups was that you kept it positive. She also was a participating member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Chillicothe Chapter, and served as their Secretary for many years, having documented that her Denbow geneology work qualified her to know that her family before her had served the U.S.A. The worst day of Katie's life was losing her first born daughter, Genevieve, in February, 1999. She remained at her residence in Chillicothe until her surviving daughter and son-in-law moved it all to Feridean Commons in April, 2006 to be closer and around the corner from them. Her excellent health continued, and she and Lynn had a thousand visits and shared so many stories until they laughed and cried. She got a table of Bridge started at Feridean through their Activities Director. Katie was involved with the Feridean Bridge Club probably throughout 2016 when she was 99, and thoroughly loved the Red Hat Club, and Reminiscing Club with her friends and her long term memories. Loved the Feridean Bible Club, and kept up her Bible Studies in her favorite chair back in her room, pondering on Scriptural truths. News came in March, 2018 that her cancer had returned to her nasal/sinus area, but she stoically returned to her life remaining with attempts of being bigger than her cancer. This worked well, but a decline roared in January, 2019, and Katie went to her Beloved Jesus at 1:37p.m. Monday, March 18 with her surviving daughter, Lynn, holding her hand, and a tear coming out of Mama Katie's dry eye. 137 was her address in Chillicothe, Ohio were she and the love of her life made their home for 52 years. Mama lived 101 years and almost 9 months praising Jesus and being a faithful witness. She will be missed by her surviving daughter and husband, Lynn and Tim Heppner,, her Granddaughter and "Grandson", Tracey and Seth Golding, and another Granddaughter, Cindy. Loving Great-Grandma to Julie, Sam, Sarah. Jeffrey, and Genevieve. Special Aunt to Lee (Barbara) Adams and Susan (Bill) Zuber. Special, special friend Maari J. Adams. Love and appreciation to her helpers at Feridean, Kayla, Lucy and Sonali, at Feridean Commons, and to their Activities Director and baker for keeping her smiling and having fun at Feridean Commons for the past 13 years. Katie Petro's 100th Birthday Party was the best she ever could have dreamed. Thank you to all the Feridean nurses for your good hearts and care and her longterm Feridean friend, Beverly, for looking out for Katie. Any donations to celebrate and honor Mary Katheryn Denbow Petro's long life would be appreciated to be sent to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, Ohio, 43055, and to each and every one of their angels whose center of care was Katie Petro. Visitation will be held Saturday, March 23rd from 9-11 a.m. at MORELAND FUNERAL HOME 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville where the service will follow at 11 a.m.. Pastor Jim Zippay officiating. Private family burial.


Cam & Cheri Shipley

Mar 21, 2019

Lynn and family, we are so sorry for your loss. May God be with you.


Ellie Linett Kohler

Mar 21, 2019

Lynn and family, please accept my deepest condolences on your Katie's passing. She and your dad were so dear to me back in the day. Although her passing saddens me greatly, I smiled to read what a wonderfully long and happy life she led. She was a blessing in my life and it appears in everyone whose life she touched. Love to you all.


J.R. Dailey

Mar 21, 2019

Family of Mrs Petro - I am very sorry for your loss. She was our school secretary at Western Elem. I remember her as a kind, gentle person. She, along with other teachers and staff were wonderful people. May the Lord Jesus comfort you and yours at this time. Peace J.R. Dailey


Terry Fout

Mar 22, 2019

So sorry for your loss


James (Jim) Bauder

Mar 26, 2019

My Condolences, I met & worked with Jim Petro during the Soil Surveys of Stark, Summit, Portage and possibly Hancock Counties. Best Wishes for Your Family!! James (Jim) Bauder I lived in Canton,OH then