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Kathleen Shea

September 7, 1945 ~ August 4, 2017 (age 71)

Kathleen Marie Shea - Born Sept 7, 1945 in Columbus, Ohio.  Died early in the morning Friday, August 4th after living with great grace and enjoying many adventures despite her diagnosis with a glioblastoma brain tumor almost three years ago.

Kathleen is survived by her brother Frank and his wife Cathy Shea, Brother Steve and his wife Kelley Shea, nieces Audrey and Avery Shea, God Daughter Grace Foglia, and numerous close cousins.  Kathy attended Bishop Watterson High School and Ohio State University where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.  She also received her Master’s Degree at Ohio State in Educational Technology.  After college, in the early 70’s, Kathy moved to San Francisco and worked at KRON-TV.  She then moved to San Diego where she joined the staff of KGTV.  Her life adventures then took her to LA where she worked for the late Hal Needham, a stuntman and director, on such classic movies as Smokey and the Bandit I and II, and Cannonball Run I and II as well as many more films.  Kathy then moved on to work with producer/director Michael Mann on the popular TV show Miami Vice and then continued to collaborate with him over many years on such movies as Last of the Mohicans, Heat, The Insider and Ali just to name a few before retiring to Palm Coast, Florida.  Not one to retire easily, Kathy then began a new adventure in book publishing where she used her vast experience with FileMaker Pro of which she was particularly accomplished.  Kathy was very proud of her participation in FMPug an organization that specialized in work with FileMaker.  Rooted deeply in her faith, Kathy’s years in LA and later in Palm Coast took her on many adventures across the globe.  Every place she visited and every set she worked on has the mark of her hard work, determination, and compassion.  Kathy loved her family, her nieces, her god-daughter, her friends near and far and reached out into the world with tireless energy. 

Kathleen is preceded in death by her Parents, Frank and Miriam Shea and her Niece Ainsley Marie Shea.  The family would like to thank her best friends Janet Ferro and Joe and Joan Foglia and her Theta and Watterson friends who continued to support her during her illness.  The Family also would like to thank the devoted caregivers at Sunrise on the Scioto.  Their care and compassion was inspiring.

A Requiem High Mass, presided by her dear cousin Father Kevin Lutz, will be held at St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church, 221 Hanford St., Columbus, Ohio 43206 on Tuesday, August 8th at 10:00AM.    

 Service Information

Requiem Mass
August 8, 2017

10:00 AM
St. Leo Church
221 Hanford Street
Columbus, OH 43206

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