Kathleen H. Herda

Kathleen H. Herda

June 08, 1947 ‐ November 13, 2020
Kathleen H. Herda
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio Resided In: Westlake, Ohio Service: November 18, 2020

Kathy Herda (nee Horst) age 73, was called home to the Lord on the feast day of her favorite saint, Mother Cabrini, Friday, November 13. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents Ed and Helen Horst and infant sister, Mary Rose.

A devoted homemaker and mother, Kathy remained a talented artist in a variety of media but was particularly gifted in stained glass and enamels. College sweetheart and beloved wife to John for over 51 years. Mother of Jen, Jay (Zara), Amy Herda-DeCoursy (Bart) and Michelle Picklesimer (John). Grandmother (Nana) of two granddaughters and three grandsons.

Meet at the church for the Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Holy Trinity Church, 33601 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011. Interment at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Cabrini Mission Foundation, 222 East 19th St. Suite 5E, New York, New York 10003.


Guest Comments

Naomi Opdycke
Rocky River

I was so sorry to read of Kathy’s passing. She had a great spirit and I know she will be missed so much. I did enjoy our times together...seems like so long ago.

Michael Thomas

Dear John,
We have lost contact since our growing up together days decades ago. I still remember how you protected my sister Margaret when some thugs pulled over to harass her and threaten us when we were walking home from Hi-Club. I'm glad you were blessed with 51 years of marriage to your college sweetheart, and will keep you and your family in my prayers during this time of grieving.

Stephanie Watts
San Rafael, CA

Jay, Zara and Herda Family,
From what I know about your Mom she was a brave, strong, funny woman full of unconditional love for her family. Your bond as a family is a testament to your upbringing and is such a rare and precious thing. Sending love and hugs to you all.

Maureen Shankey
St. Petersburg, FL

There were five of us in our college group. Kathy and I were the Art and Art Education majors and we shared a studio senior year. One day in the dorm we met in the hall halfway between our rooms, each with a mug in hand, to ask the other if they wanted a cup of tea. We always used that as the example of how in sync we were. Kathy came to my wedding and surprised me better than anyone has every surprised me by coming to one of my graduate one person art shows. I treasure the stained glass and the enameled bowls she created. Save some studio space for me in heaven, Kathy. xoxoxoxo

Michael and Amber Medgyessy
Springfield, Virginia

Dear Michelle and Herda Family,

You have our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Kathy. Her legacy of love carries on in the family she leaves here on earth. We hope that your memories of Kathy bring you great comfort and joy. Our prayers for peace during this difficult time.

Michael, Amber, Tommy, and Ryan