Katherine Ann "Kathy" Willoughby

October 5, 1963 - July 1, 2022
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory
Denise Witting
Mick Foster, pastor
Lisa Schilling
Elizabeth W Stephenson
Eileen Ren
Janet Kemp
Cheryl Feutz
Connie Burkholder
Peggy Pritz
Rhonda Karl
Ann Phillips


Katherine A. “Kathy” Willoughby, 58, of New Philadelphia, passed away Friday, July 1, 2022 in Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital following a brief illness.

Born in Moline, Illinois, she was the daughter of Thomas and Patricia (Smith) Vermeire and had graduated college with her bachelor’s degree in communications.…

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Katherine A. “Kathy” Willoughby, 58, of New Philadelphia, passed away Friday, July 1, 2022 in Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital following a brief illness.

Born in Moline, Illinois, she was the daughter of Thomas and Patricia (Smith) Vermeire and had graduated college with her bachelor’s degree in communications. Kathy was employed by Cleveland Clinic-Union Hospital at Dover where she was a manager, overseeing the Hospital Auxiliary staff and the day-to-day operation of the hospital coffee shop.

A quiet woman with great faith, Kathy loved attending Broadway Methodist Church at New Philadelphia and spending time with her “grand-dog”, Willow. Kathy loved everything about being outdoors. She found great joy in growing sunflowers, just to watch the birds come and eat the seeds. She loved tending to her flowers and gardening, walking, biking, shopping for antiques and attending various fall festivals.

In addition to her parents, Kathy is survived by her fiancé, Ed Howell of New Philadelphia; her two sons, Logan Willoughby and his girlfriend, Bristen Nign and Landon Willoughby, all of New Philadelphia. A sister and a brother also survive.

In keeping with her wishes, a private family graveside service is to be held. The family requests that memorial contributions, in Kathy’s memory, be directed to Broadway Methodist Church, 120 Church Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. The Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home at New Philadelphia is handling the service arrangements.


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In keeping with Kathy’s wishes, a private family graveside service is to be held.

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Broadway United Methodist Church

120 Church Avenue SE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Born: October 5, 1963
Died: July 1, 2022

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Denise Witting posted on 7/10/22

My deepest condolences too Landon and Logan , and her parents and siblings also Ed. I had a deep respect for Kathy , I worked with her at Union Hospital. Also enjoyed her at church New Pointe. She was a great friend and we enjoyed conversation about family and life . She had the kindest heart and was respected by me with her ability too listen and give you caring advice . Im sorry to hear of her passing but know where she is spending eternity


Mick Foster, pastor posted on 7/9/22

Had a firm testimony at her baptism. She knows how to get along. A pleasure to be around. Missed already. "You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. You have come to the assembly of God's firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. You have come to Jesus..." (Hebrews 12:22-24). Pastor Mick


Ellen Britz posted on 7/7/22

It was wonderful working with Kathy. She was a gentle soul with a big heart and a passion for her work. Please know our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.


Lisa Schilling posted on 7/7/22

I met Kathy in 1999 as a senior in High School doing site work for Union Hospital, mostly putting together baby videos to send out to new mothers. Over the years I had gotten to know her a bit better in a professional and personal capacity. Kathy had an amazingly warm heart, a great sense of humor, and loads of passion and caring! I will miss her! My sincere sympathy during this difficult time!!


Carolyn Sanford posted on 7/7/22

Dear Family & Friends of Kathy, I extend my prayers and condolences to all of you. She was a wonderful individual and awesome fellow caregiver. May you find comfort in your memories and her legacy.


Brenna Verdejo posted on 7/7/22

I'm so shocked and sorry to learn of Kathy's passing, for the loss to her family, her Cleveland Clinic Family, and anyone who knew her. I enjoyed getting to know Kathy during our virtual Volunteer Leadership Meetings, and I'm grateful for her kind, thoughtful, faith-filled spirit, and contributions to our Volunteer Program. May God bless and comfort those that mourn her loss. It's a great honor to have known her, and she will be tremendously missed. Sincerely, Brenna Verdejo


Mary M Warfield posted on 7/6/22

I know you will miss here greatly. I'm so sorry for your loss.


Sarah West posted on 7/6/22

I'm so saddened to hear of Kathy's passing. I worked with her through the T4C Board and she was so very kind and caring. Sending prayers to her family for comfort during this difficult time!


Elizabeth W Stephenson posted on 7/6/22

Kathy was such a sweet person and she will be missed by many. Sending condolences to the family~ Elizabeth S


Josie Lautenschleger posted on 7/5/22

Kathy was always kind and willing to help in any way that she could. She was always thinking of others and had a special way of making people laugh and feel loved and important. Thinking of her family and friends during this difficult time.


Judy Fincher posted on 7/5/22

I knew Kathy from volunteering and she came to my church Broadway Methodist. She was the most sincere, caring and loving friend you could ever have. She left us too soon but God must have another plan for her. Prayers and sympathy to her family.


Susan Davis posted on 7/5/22

My sincerest sympathy to Kathy’s family and friends. She was a friendly person and I enjoyed knowing her when I volunteered at the hospital.


Irene Irene Zorzi posted on 7/5/22

I am a volunteer at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital, and I miss Cathy so much, please accept my sympathy. We will all miss her at the hospital,


Toni Ferritto posted on 7/5/22

Oh my dear friend I miss you so much already. You were always there with your love and support through good times and bad. May God's peace be with you now and forever. I will keep your family in my prayers.


Linda Clawson posted on 7/5/22

Kathy was a Dear, Sweet person. I was so sad to get this news and want to extend my most Sincere Sympathy to her Dear Family. She was a Wonderful Leader: working with her in our Gift Shop, and she contributed so much to our Auxiliary. Always there to guide and promote what was best for our Hospital. She will most definitely be missed by so many. She was a Friend above all, who will always have a Special Place in my Heart. I'll miss you Kathy.....


Lara Maculaitis posted on 7/5/22

Logan and Landon and family , I was so shocked and very very saddened to hear of your moms passing. Your mom was a truly wonderful woman . I am praying for your entire family .


Eileen Ren posted on 7/5/22

A great loss to all who knew her. She was so soft spoken and easy to work with as a volunteer at UH. She will be missed.


Janet Kemp posted on 7/4/22

We will miss you so much. You were always there for us at the hospital Auxiliary and Corner Shop. You were a great team leader and friend. God bless your soul. In Christian Love, Janet Kemp


kas kaswinkel posted on 7/4/22

What a young lady - we knew her for years and years- deepest sympathy to the entire family - I had the pleasure of selling the residence to her some years ago - she will be welcomed into the arms of her Lord in glory - The Kaswinkel Family


Lori posted on 7/4/22

So sorry for your loss. Kathy was always a sweet lady. Never encountered her at UH that she wasn’t smiling and pleasant . Prayers for you all.


Kris Frerkes posted on 7/4/22

Sympathy and love to the family and to our dear friends Tom and Pat. May you be comforted with at peace as you go through this difficult time. Love and Blessings Always.


Cheryl Feutz posted on 7/4/22

Dear Landon and Logan, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a strong woman devoted to you her family. Love and prayers. Cheryl Feutz


Connie Burkholder posted on 7/4/22

I will miss you so much till we meet again I couldn’t have been blessed with a better sister Now you can Rest In Peace I love you


Peggy Pritz posted on 7/4/22

My sincere and deepest sympathy to Kathy’s beloved family. It is with unbelievable shock hearing of my dear Friend Kathy death that I send you my loving condolences. She was a beautiful person inside and out and I feel blessed that she was a friend of mine and an angel of God during my lifetime. It is with much sadness that I was unable to be of some blessing to her in her last days on earth. She will remain in my heart with love and special memories of the time we shared together. May her memory be eternal.


Sharon Gibson posted on 7/3/22

I worked with Kathy at Union Hospital! Also attended church with Kathy at New Pointe for a few years! Kathy was a sweet lady strong in her faith of our LORD! She will be missed by all who knew her and I look forward to seeing her in heaven some day! Prayers for her son's + family + fiance! Sharon Gibson


Carol Graef posted on 7/3/22

I’m shocked of Kathy’s passing. Hadn’t seen her in while. She was the nicest girl. We meant in singles group years ago would go out to eat with the group. She will be missed by many.


Marilyn Valentine posted on 7/3/22

A very special person has been called home to the Lord. Kathy will be missed by all who knew her, worked with her and loved her.. My condolences to her family.


Julie Albright posted on 7/3/22

I met Kathy at Singles Together she was a kind hearted soul rest in peace my friend


Rhonda Karl posted on 7/3/22

I remember Kathy from working with her at Union Hospital. She was so pleasant and was always smiling. I pray for the family’s strength and comfort. You have my sympathy, Rhonda Karl.


Marsha Bendle posted on 7/3/22

A beautiful soul unlike any other. I was fortunate enough to volunteer under Kathy's direction at CCUH. As a volunteer I became friends with Kathy truly enjoying the time we spent together. Although saddened today by her passing I know she lives on in and through all her family and friends. I also know one day I will see Kathy in eternity. Rest easy my friend for when I get to heaven I will be looking for your warm and welcoming smile and listening for your kind and gentle Hello!. To all Kathy's family and friends my deepest sympathy is being extended tobyou at this time of loss. You were blessed to love like I have.


Ann Phillips posted on 7/3/22

Kathy was such a sweet lady and was loved by all that knew her. What a big loss for her family, friends and UH family. Fly high Kathy - may you rest in peace!


Stephanie Lautenschleger posted on 7/3/22

What a beautiful soul. Kathy always had a smile and kind word to say to everyone. I am so blessed to have known her and called her my friend. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.


Carol Lewis posted on 7/3/22

As a former co-worker with Kathy at Union Hospital, I remember her as always having a smile on her face and pleasant to work with. Sincerest condolences to the family. ———Carol Lewis


Cindy Mathias posted on 7/3/22

With deepest sympathy to Kathy's family. May she rest in peace in the loving arms of our Lord.


Karen Monticelli posted on 7/3/22

Kathy was a very kind and loving young lady I had the privilege of knowing and serving under as one of Union Hospital’s volunteers. I’ll see her in Heaven only because of the gift of faith Christ Jesus gave us to believe in Him. My deepest sympathy to all her family. Looking unto Jesus , the Author and Finisher of our faith to supply all your need. Love, Karen Monticelli


Karen Monticelli posted on 7/3/22

Kathy was one of the sweetest, most caring young ladies l had the privilege of knowing and serving under as Union Hospital volunteer. I’ll see her in Heaven one day because of the faith Christ gave us to believe in Him. How blessed you two boys were to have Kathy for your mama. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith to supply all your need. Karen Monticelli


Donna Goodwin Barr posted on 7/3/22

I am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful woman! She was such a great friend to me and so many others. I will miss our too few times together. Praying for all her family & friends.


Deb Veigel posted on 7/3/22

My sym[athies to Kathy's family. She was a gem - such a warm smile and gentle nature. May fond memories comfort you now and in the days to come.


Tammy Gowins posted on 7/3/22

I'm shocked and saddened to learn of Kathy's passing, we haven't seen each other in a while. We met at NewPointe Community Church quite a few years ago and were involved in women's ministry together. She was such a joy to be with, and I'll remember her as having a passion for Jesus and loved serving others. Her family is in my prayers.


Tricia Adams posted on 7/3/22

So completely saddened seeing this. Kathy was an amazing, kind, humble, companionate woman. She took me under her arm when I was new at UH. God Bless you Kathy and condolences to the family. What a tremendous loss for anyone who knew her. Praying for everyone who loved her. RIP old friend. God speed . Tricia Adams