Kathryn Marsh "Katy" Medley

December 10, 1926 - March 13, 2017
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Kathryn Marsh Medley, age 90, a longtime resident of Los Gatos, California and recently of Dover, died peacefully March 13, 2017 in Community Hospice Truman House at New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Born in Dover on December 10, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Victor R. and Gladys P. Snyder Marsh.

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Kathryn Marsh Medley, age 90, a longtime resident of Los Gatos, California and recently of Dover, died peacefully March 13, 2017 in Community Hospice Truman House at New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Born in Dover on December 10, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Victor R. and Gladys P. Snyder Marsh.

Katy was a 1944 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and continued her education at Ohio Wesleyan University. In 1949 she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree.

Katy’s faith was nurtured as a child and in her early adulthood at the First United Church of Christ in New Philadelphia where she enjoyed singing alongside her beloved sister, Elly, and her father, Victor.

She later worshiped at Saratoga Presbyterian Church after moving to California with her late husband, Harold C. Medley, who preceded her in passing on December 8, 2004. There she was also a member of the Montalvo Service Group, the Stephen Ministry, and the church choir. Katy also enjoyed her friendships with the Elbon Singers and the South Bay Silk Artists.

Katy had a beautiful spirit, full of joy and peace. In her earlier years, Katy also enjoyed her memberships with the Music Study Club and the College Club in Tuscarawas County.

Katy had a beautiful soprano voice and performed in Carousel, South Pacific, Music Man, The Sound of Music, and Guys and Dolls at the local Little Theatre.

Katy was a talented artist. She made several extra large snow sculptures including a 12-foot tall cowboy, a rhinoceros, and a lion, which appeared regularly in The Times Reporter. She expressed her artistic talent through intricate hand-sewn pieces of embroidery and applique. She painted in oil, and made beautiful original designs painted on silk.

She had an adventurous spirit. Katy was a dedicated Red Cross swimming instructor and loved being in the water. While in Yellowstone National Park, she would awake before dawn to hike the mountains and streams in search of trumpeter swans, bighorn sheep, and elk. She found them all. Katy also rode in a hot air hot air balloon, and went parasailing at age 65.

Katy will be deeply missed by her daughters, Cindy (Larry) Sealy of Huntsville, Alabama, and Laurie J. Urfer of Missoula, Montana; her grandchildren, Sarah Urfer, Shane Sealy, and Kristen Sealy; as well as her sister, Victoria Ann Warner of Sarasota, Florida and her brother Victor Russell Marsh, Jr. and wife Patricia of Canton, Ohio.  She also will be remembered fondly by her numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents and sister, Eleanor Marsh Kirk, Katy was preceded in passing by her beloved daughter, Stephanie Sue Urfer on June 16, 2010.

A memorial service celebrating Katy’s life will be held in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover, 5600 N. Wooster Ave., on Saturday March 18, 2017 beginning at 2 PM with Pastor Brian Flood officiating. A reception will follow in the funeral home’s hospitality room.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, c/o Memorial Gifts, PO Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 70 W. Streetsboro St., Hudson, OH 44236.

Those unable to attend are invited to send condolences to the family, sign an online guest registry, and view a memorial to Katy by visiting the funeral home’s website at www.geibcares.com.




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Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Reception Information

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

A reception will follow the service in the funeral home’s hospitality room.

Donation Information

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

PO Box 2151
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38101
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Alzheimer's Association

Phone: 330-650-0552

70 W. Streetsboro St.
Hudson, OH 44236

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Born: December 10, 1926
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Sandy Queen posted on 4/7/17

I have thought so much about Katy the last few weeks, and, really, since she moved to Ohio from California. The memories that will always be with me are her beautiful smile, her lovely voice, and her love of sweets. I am thankful that she no longer is in pain, and I will miss her forever.


Regina Barmore posted on 3/22/17

We at Familiar Surroundings Home Care would like to send our sincerest condolences for your family's loss. We were honored to care for her for several years while she lived in California.


Cindy Leonardi posted on 3/21/17

Dear Cindy and Laurie, I'm so blessed to have known your mother, Katie. Katie and Harold lived across the street from me on Blythswood Drive, Los Gatos. I still remember her getting her exercise walking with her walking polls. Katie had to be strong to endure the loss of her daughter and husband while herself dealing with hip issues. She had a gentle soul and a beautiful smile. She glowed when she talked about her daughters, Cindy and Laurie. She was so proud of you!! Now she's in peace, reunited with Stephanie and Harold, able to walk freely with that beautiful smile of hers. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.


Sandra Trowbridge posted on 3/20/17

I met Katy at Montalvo over 10 years ago. She was such a delight to know and work with. We both liked to work with Gourmet Alley and I was always amazed at all the talent she had in anything we did. Yuletide at Montalvo was so much fun with Katy because she was so creative in every we did. She made Christmas such a delight with all the beautiful things she ordered to sell. Opening the items she ordered made Christmas so real. I miss her friendship and will always remember that beautiful smile!


Sybil Albrecht Lewis posted on 3/19/17

Katy was a cherished friend of all of us at the Montalvo Art Center Sewing Group in Saratoga, CA. We will miss her kindness, gentle smile and loving nature. She was always willing to give a helping hand, along with her beautiful smile.


Susan Doughten posted on 3/19/17

I'm so sorry for your loss I will always remember Katy as she was a tremendous influence on me in the many Little Theater plays that I was lucky enough to share with her. I loved the sundaes that she served in her shop! My condolences to all of her extended family.


Patti Brown posted on 3/19/17

Cindy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Hang on to all of the sweet memories. Prayers to all, Patti Lab Brown


Joanne Limbach posted on 3/18/17

Cindy and Laurie, Sorry that I won't be able to celebrate Katy's life with you today. But with the great memories I have of all of you, I will be able to celebrate her. viz


Erin L Walton posted on 3/18/17

Keeping you all in my prayers. I took care of Katy at park village. She was joy. She will be missed


Juliet posted on 3/17/17

Sorry I won't be at the service. I loved Aunt Katy so much- her house in Dover was so much fun to visit as a child and just as much as an adult when I visited her in CA. So artistic, cozy, vibrant, and smelled of something freshly baked or flowers. I'll never forget her belly laugh, huge genuine smile and calm conversations. What a treasure she was.


Marta Farbizo Vassiles posted on 3/16/17

To the Marsh Family: I remember Katy fondly from growing up in The First United Church of Christ, including her singing in the choir and performing solos and duets with Elly and Vic Sr. Later, after I had grown up and moved away, I can remember coming back to town during the summertime and going to The Nutshell and admiring all the pretty things there. Katy had such a beautiful singing voice, and she was such a lively and friendly person. I was so sorry to hear of her passing. You have my sincerest condolences. Marta Farbizo Vassiles


Beth Clark Fragasse posted on 3/14/17

My mom, Marjorie Burke Clark, went to Ohio Wesleyan with Katy and Eleanor. She remembered them to me when I moved to New Phila. We will celebrate her 90th this weekend and we will remember your family as you celebrate Katy's life. Cherish the memories...


Tracy Shaffer posted on 3/14/17

Laurie and Cindy - My thoughts and prayers are with you both.


Marlen Brookins posted on 3/14/17

So sorry to hear of Katy's passing. My mother, Hope Maus (died 2006), and Katy were dear friends. They will now be able to renew their friendship among the angels. My condolences to her daughters and her family. Marlen (Maus) Brookins