Kathrine Cherniss

Obituary of Kathrine Cherniss

Kathrine Cherniss (nee Barber) passed away peacefully on November 11, 2021 at the home of her daughter, Cathy Smith, in Vermillion, Ohio. She was 95 years old.


Kathrine was born in 1926 to Lee Barber and Fanny Becker. She was the eldest of six siblings: Ester (Roscoe) Ely (deceased), Lester (Janet) Barber (deceased), Lee Barber, Carol (Steve) Gbur, and Charles (Francis) Becker (deceased).


She was married to James Cherniss (deceased) and raised six children: Robert (Gail) of Spencerport NY, William of Vermillion, Ohio, Jo-Anna (David) Kikel of Green Valley AZ, Cathy (Timothy, deceased) Smith of Vermillion, Ohio, Thomas (Jeannie) (deceased), and James of Las Vegas NV.


She was blessed with nine grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.


She was a Girl Scout leader, a PTA President and a working mother. Once her children were grown and on their own, Kathrine headed West to Las Vegas where she worked in hospitality and security and enjoyed the mild winter weather. She enjoyed playing BINGO and Keno. Five years ago when her health was failing, she moved back to Ohio where she was lovingly cared for by her daughter Cathy.


She will fondly be remembered by many as one feisty lady!


No services are planned at this time. A celebration of her life will be held at a future time.


The family suggests memorial contributions to LIFE Dementia Friendly Foundation,  591 Ferndale Ave., Vermilion, OH 44089  

Online condolences may be made at www.riddlefuneralhome.com.

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