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Katherine Jeanette Harbaugh Fitzmartin
Birth: Jul. 9, 1893
Rockford
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 12, 1970
Tarzana
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Katherine was the daughter of McKinley Harbaugh and Elizabeth Finlayson. She was born in Rockford, Illinois where the family lived for many years, later moving to Kenosha in about 1915. She loved to bring home stray kittens and attend to them if they had been injured. Katherine had an older sister, Loretta, and an older brother Ralph. The siblings were very close their entire lives. Their father worked first as a school teacher, and later as a candymaker. Katherine was a very pretty girl and had many boyfriends, one of whom was William Kefes, Jr. She followed him to Gettysburg in 1918 where Bill was training in the U.S. Tank Corps during WWI. They married, and just days after Bill returned from his wartime duty overseas in Europe, their first child, Virginia Marie Kefes was born June 28, 1919. Almost ten years later, they had a second child, Donn Emerson Kefes. Katherine was a wanderlust, and decided to leave both her husband and Kenosha, taking her children and driving all the way across country to Hollywood, California in 1935. She and her children lived in motor courts and bungalows, and enjoyed seeing movie stars walking up and down Hollywood Boulevard. She loved to go to movies and she and Virginia would see at least 3 movies every week at the local theaters in Hollywood. Katherine worked occasionally as a sales lady or nurse assistant. In later years, she married Raymond Fitzmartin, a retired Navy man. Her son was afflicted with MS in the early 1960's, and she attended to him in the nursing home. She had a stroke during this difficult time. Her son Donn died in 1967, and she died in 1970. They are side by side at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills on a lovely hillside section called Morning Light. 
 
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 Parents:
  McKinley R. Harbaugh (1860 - 1932)
  Elizabeth Hawley Finlayson Harbaugh (1863 - 1948)
 
 Spouses:
  Raymond Fitzmartin (1891 - 1975)
  William Paul Kefes (1893 - 1964)
 
 Children:
  Virginia Marie Vine (1919 - 1993)*
  Donn Emerson Kefes (1930 - 1967)*
 
 Siblings:
  Loretta Elizabeth Harbaugh Kloer (1888 - 1986)*
  Ralph Emerson Harbaugh (1891 - 1982)*
  Katherine Jeanette Harbaugh Fitzmartin (1893 - 1970)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Space 4 Lot 7639
Morning Light
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
Created by: Valarie Vine
Record added: Sep 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59418422
Katherine Jeanette <i>Harbaugh</i> Fitzmartin
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Katherine Jeanette <i>Harbaugh</i> Fitzmartin
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Katherine Jeanette <i>Harbaugh</i> Fitzmartin
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- Honoring Your Memory
 Added: Dec. 27, 2012
Grandma Kathie-----thinking of you today on your birthday.
- V
 Added: Jul. 9, 2012
For my grandmother----------working on your Harbaugh lineage today. Heavens, what a prolific family!
- V
 Added: May. 27, 2012
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