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Kathryn Marie Tate

Kathryn Marie Tate, 61, of Troy, born June 19, 1957 in Staunton, passed away on January 28, 2019 at her home in Troy.

Kathryn graduated from Staunton High School in 1975. From there she attended Eastern Illinois University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in earth science in 1979. She married John D. Tate on March 1, 1980. On June 14th, 1991, she gave birth to our daughter Cynthia M. Tate. Kathryn then attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and obtained her teacher certification in 1994. In 1994 she obtained employment as a special education teacher’s aide, with the Edwardsville School District where she would work closely with special needs children

For the next 22 years she would work with special needs children and it was the love of her life, until she retired from the Edwardsville School District in May 2017. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by friends and family. Her faith in God never wavered throughout her illness and it’s a testament to the strength she derived from a close relationship to Jesus Christ.

Surviving are her husband, John Tate; daughter, Cynthia Marie Tate of Belleville; and brothers, David (Cindy) Hall of Wisconsin and Richard (Debbie) Hall of Missouri.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, George S. and Eileen M. (nee Fullerton) Hall.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, February 10, at Troy Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

Richeson Funeral Home in Troy is in charge of arrangements.

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