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Kathern Johnstone Hinrichs

Kathern Johnstone Hinrichs

Class of 1968

In Memory provided by Ann Miller

Kathern Johnstone Hinrichs – Freeman 1968

Kathi passed away peacefully on June 7, 2021 with her husband Tom, daughter Kate and granddaughter Kaela at her side in Woodville, Ohio from the effects of early onset Alzheimer’s and dementia.

I met Kathi at the beginning of our sophomore year when we, along with Liz Freeman, Nancy-Ann Card, and Ellen Williams, had the good fortune to be assigned single rooms in the 5th floor “Tower Suite” of Freeman. At the end of our junior year, I introduced Kathi to her future husband, Tom. After graduation we stayed close, seeing each other in Boston, Philadelphia and in Ohio where Kathi and Tom lived for many years, and rooming together at many reunions.

Kathi had an interesting and challenging life. Kathi and Tom lived in Italy for several years after they married and traveled extensively while there. Over the years I was in awe of Kathi’s ability to cope with being the principal caregiver for her younger daughter Erica who was severely disabled from birth, and to take care of the rest of her family as well. She did so with grace, humor, determination and faith. She also could finish the New York Times crossword puzzle faster than anyone I ever met! She will be missed by her many friends and family.

Obituary for Kathern Johnstone Hinrichs


Kathern P. Hinrichs, 75, of Woodville, OH, passed away Monday, June 7, 2021 at Divine Rehabilitation and Nursing at Sylvania.

Kathern was born on February 14, 1946 in Washington D.C., to William and Anne (Hartwell) Johnstone. On May 9, 1970 she married Thomas Hinrichs at the Washington D.C. National Cathedral. Kathern and Thomas have raised 2 daughters and celebrated 51 years of marriage together.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Kathern worked at Harvard Medical Schools for a number of years, she later worked indexing at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library in Fremont for 12 years. She would then work as a Research Coordinator at the Medical School of Ohio for 10 years, and later retired as the church secretary at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fremont, OH where she had also been a member.

In addition to her membership at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, her ministries at church included being a part of Altar Guild for many years. Kathern enjoyed pottery and reading as she was an expert of words. In her free time, she also enjoyed working on word puzzles, especially crosswords. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband Thomas, Kathern is survived by her daughters: Kate Hinrichs of Erie, CO and Erika Hinrichs of Woodville. Granddaughter: Kaela Hinrichs, also of Erie, CO. Sister: Delight Edgell of AZ, 1 niece and 5 nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family is planning a Memorial Service at a future date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that memorials may take the form of contributions to: The Alzheimer’s Association. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, or photo, may do so at: www.marshfuneralhomes.com