Katherine Sanford

Katherine Sanford

URBANA – Katherine Louise Sanford, 88, died at 1 a.m. on Dec. 27, 2012, at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana.

There will be a visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St, Champaign. A memorial service will follow at 2 o'clock at the funeral home.

Katherine was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Allegan Township, Mich., a daughter of William and Katherine (Dick) Klatt. She married Robert Lee Sanford of Champaign in December 1946 and remained married to him until his death in 2001.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Elmer and Harold.

Surviving family include son, Ron (Jan) Sanford of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter, Marsha (James) Burgoon of Champaign; three grandchildren, Corey Sanford of Peoria, Heather (Matthew) O'Brien of Champaign and Eric Ellis of St. Joseph; three great-grandchildren, Caleb (Sanford) Barnes, and Joseph and Lillian O'Brien. Also surviving is her brother, William Klatt, of San Pedro, Calif.

Katherine attended St. Francis de Paula School in Chicago prior to World War II and graduated from Champaign High School. She worked in photography for many years, and was retired from the University of Illinois. Her life was devoted to providing a loving home for her family - children, grandchildren and family pets.

Condolences may be offered at www.owensfuneralhomes.com.