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Kate Ghio, age 66, died peacefully on October 31, 2019 of ALS. Katherine Anne Ghio was born on May 5, 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the daughter of Rosemary Brennan Ghio and James Edward Ghio. Kate grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended Hickory Grove and Border Star schools. In 1972, Kate graduated from the Sunset Hill School with distinction and perfect attendance for all four years. It amused her that she was voted “Most Improved” at her 20th class reunion. Kate earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1976. She spent 18 years at Hallmark designing greeting cards, many of which featured cute cats. Kate became a preschool teacher in 1997. It was her second career and a path which brought her immeasurable joy. She taught at the Berkley Child and Family Development Center for 12 years. In 2011, Kate received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, with a concentration in early childhood, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She retired in 2015. Kate’s years at Berkley brought her the most cherished contacts and learning for which she was grateful. Kate was predeceased by her parents; her stepmother, Jean Campau McGregor Greaves Ghio; and her stepdaughter and daughter of the heart, Terra Amanda Gross Patterson. Kate’s survivors include her brother, James Stephen Ghio; her stepsister, Mary Greaves Hodge and her husband, Dr. Charles Hodge V; her stepbrother, Donald Critchfield “Critch” Greaves, Jr. and his wife, Dawn; her seven nieces and nephews; Megan Geherin, and her husband, Patrick, Thomas Greaves, Caroline, Chase, and Lissy Hodge, and Adam and Ryan Widmer; and her cat, Zeke K. Featherman. She is also survived by her former husband, Paul Gross; and her stepson, Jesse Gross, as well as Bit and Zibby. In addition, her extended family includes her aunt, Sr. Nancy Ghio, her uncle, Fr. John Ghio, Janet and Ken MacGregor, the Brennan Cousins, Julie H, Reilly, Martha Harbaugh, Jan Warner and Tom Warner. Kate wanted to extend her loving thanks to “everyone who walked me home. My brother and family, Alan, Janet, Hilary and Dave, Jack and Hayley, Seasi, Wally, Calvert, Rhonda, Ann, Louise, Courtney, the 51st Street Book Club, Esther, Gary, Katie Taylor, Pam, Katy & Don, Robin and Mary, Randy, Jennifer, Margot, Susan, Leah, Karen Williams and Jason. I would like to thank the loving caregivers from Hospice, Shana, Michelle, and Mary and from Right at Home, Madison and Aliyah. Your kindness and care have made this transition safe and loving.” Kate was a talented artist and a lover of coffee and, of course, cats. (Kate always thought of Meatball, the cat who lived with her when she was a child, as her first husband.)
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Great Plains SPCA are suggested: www.greatplainsspca.org/donate/ or 5424 Antioch Drive, Merriam, KS 66202. A celebration of life will be held at Lidia’s 101 w 22nd St KCMO 64108 on November 7th from 3-5pm.