Katherine Thorpe

Katherine Thorpe

URBANA – Katherine A. "Katy" Thorpe passed away at 10:36 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 23, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Mrs. Thorpe was born Sept. 27, 1938, in Fisher, the daughter of Harry and Thelma Trimble Furtney.

She married Robert A. Thorpe on Aug. 1, 1958, at the Fisher United Methodist Church. He survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Julie (Ken) Knowles of Urbana and Beth (Tom) Giedraitis of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; and six grandchildren, Kyle Rose, Katie Rose and Kristin Rose of Urbana, Lindsay Giedraitis, Alana Giedraitis and Jonathan Giedraitis of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Other survivors include four sisters, Helen Elbert of Tucson, Ariz., Lois Short of Dewey, Marjorie Evans of Champaign and Mary Unzicker of Fisher. She is also survived by one brother, Robert Furtney of Champaign; and one sister-in-law, Maryanne Attig of Janesville, Wis.

Mrs. Thorpe was preceded in death by two sisters, Annie Coffin and Geneva Masko; one brother, Richard Furtney; one infant brother, John Lincoln Furtney; and one infant granddaughter, Melia Anne Rose.

Mrs. Thorpe graduated from Fisher High School in 1956 and attended Illinois State University in Bloomington.

She was previously employed at Mercy Hospital, the Urbana School District, and worked at Diversified Health Care for 25 years.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., Champaign. The funeral service will begin immediately following the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.

Condolences may be offered at www.owensfuneralhomes.com.