Kathryn "Kathy" Baltz

1960 - 2019

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Baltz, Kathryn (Kathy) Gracia, 59, of North Baltimore, passed with peace and grace on September 19 with her family at her side. She was born on July 31, 1960, in Yokosuka, Japan and married the love of her life, Skip Baltz, on August 4, 1990. They adoringly celebrated their 29th anniversary last month. She is survived by her siblings: Dan (Terese) Wells of Prince Frederick, MD, Ruth (Michael) Geer of Brandon, FL, George (Rachel) Grad of Boulder, CO, Lara (Michael) Audibert of San Rafael, CA, Matthew (Shawn) Bowers of West Unity, OH, and Tim Bowers of Detroit, MI. She is also survived by her step-sons: Tim Smith of Findlay, and Shad (Jessica Randall) Baltz of Elida, OH; her beloved grandchildren: Khilee Baltz, Bryce, Brandon, and Brody Smith, and Matthew and Melissa Baltz; and her step-father, Dwight (Sandy) Bowers of Bryan, OH. She will also be deeply missed by her Corgi furbaby, Dylan Thomas Baltz. Kathy was predeceased by her mother, Judith K. (Wells) Bowers; her father, William J. Wells; and her step-mother, Judith A. (DelPero) Wells. Kathy graduated from Findlay High School in 1978 and BGSU in 1992. She worked for BGSU for the past 29 years. As a long-standing Eastern Stars member, Kathy served three times as Worthy Matron for Morris Chapter 265, North Baltimore, and as Worthy Grand Chaplain for the state of Ohio in 2014. From a young age, Kathy developed an incredible talent for music. She played in a bluegrass band in the 1990s, played the piano and organ for several area churches, and sang with Eastern Stars Melody Makers. But her passion and true talent for playing the hammer dulcimer, combined with her amazing narrative description and history of the instrument and the music she played, always delighted her audiences with a unique and memorable experience. A memorial service will be held at Good Shephard United Methodist Church, North Baltimore at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 12, 2019. After the service, friends and family are invited to a gathering to further celebrate Kathy’s extraordinary life at the North Baltimore American Legion, Post 539. The family asks that donations be made in Kathy’s name to Ohio Eastern Star Home, The Maurer Family Cancer Care Center, or Wood County Humane Society in lieu of flowers. Arrangements have been entrusted to SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.coldrencrates.com

Service Information

  • Memorial Service:

    Saturday, October 12th 2019 - 2:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    Good Shepherd United Methodist Church [Map]

    North Baltimore, Ohio

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Condolences For Kathryn "Kathy" Baltz

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To : Skip Family
Date :Saturday, September 21st 2019
From : Bill Biz and Sandy Nourse
Our most sincere sympathy goes out to you on the passing of your beloved Kathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the sweet memories of the life and love you shared give you peace in the days to come. God Bless and comfort you. Your friends

To : Skip
Date :Saturday, September 21st 2019
From : Kathie King
I am so sorry- served as WM with Kathy in 1995. We are all better for having known her.
Kathie King

To : Skip and Family
Date :Saturday, September 21st 2019
From : Becky Wells-Freeman Mark
Your in our prayers during this time. You have my deepest sympathy May God Bless you all

To : Kathys family
Date :Monday, September 23rd 2019
From : Tom Ron
I am so sorry for your loss. I am a student at the Department of Psychology at BGSU where Kathy has worked. I’ve known her for the last three years. She was a lovely person, always happy to help and welcome you with a smile.
She will be missed.

To : Skip and family
Date :Sunday, September 22nd 2019
From : Ed and Barb Wymer
We are so sorry! May you rest in the comfort of God’s loving arms during this difficult time. We will be out of town so we won’t be able to attend the memorial service but we will certainly be thinking about all the happy memories we shared at Good Shepherd!

To : Kathy's family
Date :Monday, September 23rd 2019
From : Serena Wong
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. Kathy was a light in our Psychology Department and she will be missed.

To : Kathy's Family
Date :Monday, September 23rd 2019
From : Nathan Carter
I was a graduate student in the BGSU psychology department. Kathy was always so nice and helpful, and always had a smile even when things were busy and stressful. My condolences to her family.

To : Kathy's Family
Date :Tuesday, September 24th 2019
From : Cordula Mora
Until a few years ago, I had worked with Kathy in the Psychology building for over 5 years and she was a wonderful person! I always loved interacting with her - she was so radiant! I did not find out about her being sick until after her passing. My sincerest condolences! She will be so missed by everyone - no doubt about it. I will never forget her!

To : Skip Baltz
Date :Tuesday, September 24th 2019
From : BGSU Retirees Association
The Member's of the BGSU Retirees Association were deeply saddened to learn of Kathy's passing and extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

To : Skip and family
Date :Thursday, September 26th 2019
From : Terry Doni Wickard
Our prayers are with you and your family Skip.

To : Skip and Family
Date :Saturday, September 28th 2019
From : Cjersti Jensen
Kathy was such a wonderful person to work with. I am a former graduate student and she made my time there better. I sincerely miss seeing her everyday. She made the world better and that impact will not fade anytime soon. Wishing you all the best in this hard time.

To : The Family of Kathryn Baltz
Date :Saturday, September 28th 2019
From : Jack and Diane Critchet
Skip and family - we send our deepest sympathy on your recent loss of Kathy. We are sorry we cannot be there to support you in your difficult time. Sending prayers for comfort and inner peace. Jack and Diane