Mary Katovich (1921 – 2012)

Mary Lee Katovich, age 90 and a resident of Kenosha Wisconsin, died Thursday January 12, 2012 at Kenosha Medical Center Campus after a seven year battle with cancer.

Born September 22, 1921 in Fort Wayne Indiana, she was the daughter of the late John Henry Hines, Sr. and Lydia Myrtle (Gemlich) Hines.

She was a graduate of South Side High School in Fort Wayne and attended Indiana University for two years. She married Nicholas Katovich in 1946. They later divorced.

Mary was a scout leader, was active in the PTA and was a poll worker. She was employed by the Kenosha Unified School District for several years as an aide, working with Wilson Elementary, Washington Junior High and Bradford High School. She retired from Kenosha Memorial Hospital where she worked as a ward clerk for 20 years.

Mary enjoyed many car trips to Florida and the east coast with friends. In addition, she enjoyed attending travelogues, shopping, nature and working in the yard. She savored her coffee and conversation at McDonald’s with friends.

Mary is survived by her daughter Diane (Warren) Leisemann of Kenosha and the light of her life, her grandson Troy Leisemann of Milwaukee. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, John Henry Hines, Jr., Robert Lewis Hines and Harry Eugene Hines.

In keeping with Mary’s wishes, services will be private.

Mary’s family wishes to thank her long-time primary care physician, Dr. Ernesto Buencamino, as well as Doctors Bandealy, Sethi, Fullin and Stepehenson for their excellent care of her. We also offer our heartfelt thanks to the nursing staff on 7 and 8 Palmer of Kenosha Medical Center Campus for their compassionate care.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or one’s favorite charity in Mary’s honor would be appreciated.

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