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Katherine "Kate" Gschwend Miller

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On November 26, 2011 @ 1:15 pm In Obituaries | 14 Comments

Katherine Miller, Lancaster PA

Katherine Gschwend Miller, 39, of Lancaster, PA died Thursday, November 24, 2011. Kate was the daughter of Dorothy Moore Gschwend and Dr. Paul Gschwend III, of Lancaster.

A 1990 graduate of Lancaster Country Day School, Kate earned her B.A. degree from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She completed her Masters in American Studies at the College of William and Mary. Kate was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. She loved to read and took pride in her extensive book collection. Kate was a published scholar, accomplished  bassoonist,  and a varsity athlete in crew. She was an energetic and dedicated 6th grade English teacher at LCDS and cherished her time with her students. Her  generosity and capacity for fun allowed Kate to form many friendships that meant the world to her. Kate’s imaginative spirit, creative sense, and compassionate nature fostered the wonderful relationships she had with her 3
sons who inspired her to be a devoted mother.

In addition to her parents, Kate is survived by three sons, Joseph Edwin (Jed), James McCool (Jamie), and John VanNoort (Van)Miller, all at home; and her sister, Dr. Jennifer G. McGough, wife of Dr. Paul  J. McGough, of West Chester, PA.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate Kate’s life at St. John’s Episcopal
Church, 321 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster, PA on Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00pm. The family will greet friends at a reception in the Parish Hall immediately following the service. A private interment will be held at a later time.

In devotion to her children, Kate asked that in lieu of flowers, any desired contributions be made to a trust established for
their education. In accordance with her wishes contributions can be made to  Joseph E. Miller and funds will be divided equally among Kate’s children for their education. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 6071, Lancaster, PA 17607.


Condolences for the family of “Katherine "Kate" Gschwend Miller”

Condolence from Steve Weeks – Laurie Ericksons Dad. on November 26th, 2011 10:39 pm

I met Kate for the first time in Seattle at a Good Wishes function. I was with her two other times, A good Wishes fund raiser in Seatle and another in Lancaster in her honor. What a great and wonderful person who stayed strong to the end. My prayers are with her children and other family menbers who were with her during the length of her illness.

Condolence from Laurie Erickson on November 26th, 2011 11:04 pm

My heart goes out to Kate’s dear boys, her parents, sister and brother in law. It was an honor to know Kate; such a courageous, kind and lovely woman. I will forever remember Kate’s beautiful smile. She was and will be an inspiration to me.

Condolence from Shannon McMinn Oates-Rivera on November 26th, 2011 11:26 pm

Dr. And Mrs.Gschwend,

Kate had humor and a darling smile from the time I met your family and spent many evenings and summer days with the girls. Even at a young age, She exuded fun and giggles and a spark that made spending time together something to look forward to. My heart breaks for your sadness and for her boys; may the strength of friendships surround you in these difficult days. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Warmest regards,
Shannon McMInn Oates-Rivera

Condolence from Andy and Jamie Cross on November 27th, 2011 11:54 am

Dear Millers and Gschwends,

We are so saddened to hear about Kate. Here smile and spirit lifted a room wherever she went. She had a lasting impact on all of her family and friends and we’ll miss her very, very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with the boys and everyone else she touched during the past four decades she blessed us with her heart.

With sympathies and love,
Andy and Jamie

Condolence from Towanda F. Williams on November 27th, 2011 5:32 pm

Dear Dottie and Paul,
Frederick and I were so sorry to hear about the passing of Kate. We did not know Kate, but knowing you and Paul, we are assured that she was an caring, loving and intelligent mother, daughter, teacher and friend. Please know that you and the boys and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless!
Frederick and Towanda F. Williams

Condolence from Laura Nieczyporuk Zielonko; LCDS ’91 on November 28th, 2011 9:10 am

May God grant your hearts peace during this difficult time.

Condolence from Karen Fralich on November 28th, 2011 9:58 pm

Dr. and Mrs. Gschwend: I did not know your daughter but I know Dr. Gschwend from working with him at St.Joseph hospital back in the 70’s and 80’s. I have a daughter that is 33 and she has 2 daughters. I cannot even begin to imagine losing her and I am very sorry for your loss. I’m sure her sons will also miss her very much. Sending my condolences to you and your family. Karen Fralich

Condolence from Jim and Pam DeBord on November 29th, 2011 2:18 pm

Dear Dr. and Mrs. Gschwend,
I have never met you but have been involved with Kate and the boys through my daugher,Danielle Witwer. She was a wonderful and loving mother. She will be so missed by all of her friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys.

Condolence from Gloria Schleicher on November 29th, 2011 8:35 pm

So sad to hear about Katie as we knew her as a little girl at Rohrerstown playing with Michael and Brenda. The girls (Katie and Jennie) would cross the creek with their dog Kahill into our backyard. I pray for peace and acceptance for the family — and that God will watch over her little boys and keep the memory of their loving Mother always in their hearts and minds. Gloria Schleicher

Condolence from Sarah Schwartz on November 30th, 2011 11:14 am

Deeply saddened by the news. Kate was a mentor of mine when she served as the Assistant Coach of the LCDS Cross Country Team. A loyal running companion and caring friend, she will be missed by all whose lives she touched. Sending my condolences to her family.

Condolence from Tomacine Banks on November 30th, 2011 10:29 pm

To:The Miller Family
I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Here are a few encouraging scriptures for you all to meditate on doing this difficult time and as you read these scriptures please feel assured that God cares and that he truly wants to comfort you by means of his word according to 2Cor.1:3,4. So please read the following scriptures with your copy of the bible: Isiah33:24,Isaiah25:8,Ps.34:18,Ps.55:22,Joh.5:28,29,Acts24:15
May Gods word bring you all much comfort along with the wonderful memories of your love one.
With My Deepest Sympathy

Condolence from Verna Beiler on December 2nd, 2011 7:23 pm

So sorry to hear of Katie’s moving on. Only met Katie twice and such a sweet, kind rememberence I have, and knowing you Dr.Paul, it saddens me deeply for you and your wife to have losed your daughter. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
God Bless.

Condolence from Brett Young on December 5th, 2011 1:54 am

Katie (back then she was Katie) was my first crush. I can still picture chasing her around the Rohrerstown Elementary school yard at recess and blushingly making sure she got a flower on Valentines Day. She was always the smartest student in the class. She had a quiet confidence and dignity even at such an early age. She excelled at pretty much everything she did. I had long since lost touch with Katie after school, but always hoped the best for her. I was deeply saddened to hear of her passing. But heartened by the flood of wonderful childhood memories brought back to me when thinking of Katie. And to learn she had three sons to pass along her kindness and guidance. Katie will always hold a special place in my heart.

Condolence from wilsie hartman ’65 on December 6th, 2011 1:41 pm

I extend my thoughts and prayers to
PG and Dottie, as I knew them best.
Katie was sweet when I gave LCDS the 1913 paperbound yearbook of my grandmother’s early years at Shippen. She knew in her sensitive way that this meant something
special to me to share with the school’s archives. My strengths extend to her husband and three darling sons.
Bless your family. Love Wilsie Hartman ’65

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