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Katherine V. Birely, age 88 of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Mercy Living Center South in Clinton. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM at the Pape Funeral Home on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the service hour on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison, IL. Casket bearers will be Randy Gerlach, William Hayes, Sierra Rutledge, Jayven Hayes, Randy Kissee and David Ehrman. Honorary casket bearer will be Richard Kissee.

Katherine was born on April 11, 1929 in Hoxie, AK, the daughter of William and Pearl (Hustell) Kissee. She attended schools in Portia, AK. Katherine married Robert Birely on July 10, 1953 in Morrison, IL. Robert passed away in 2007. She was a very active member of the Lutheran Church of Atonement where she was called Gramma B by all. Katherine was a homemaker took care of her husband and family. She enjoyed her flower garden and rose bushes and was an avid reader.

Katherine is survived by her two daughters, Betty Kracht of Low Moor and Jackie (Randy) Gerlach of Morrison; six grandchildren, Tabitha, Marty Kay, Angela, Anna, William and Katie; 13 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth Whitmore of Walnut Ridge, AK, Alice (Lavelle) Anglin of Hoxie, AK, and Joan Ehrman of Mountain Home, AK and two brothers, Phil (Connie) Kissee of Walnut Ridge, AK and Robert (Sandy) Kissee of Nachusa, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert; a son Mark Birely; a great grandson, Devon Hayes; a sister Mearl and two brothers Neil and Jay Kissee. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.
Published on July 6, 2017
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