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Katherine Emilie Blair

February 11, 1926 — January 4, 2021

Katherine Emilie Blair, 94, went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 4, 2021 at a Wharton nursing home.  She was born in Pierce, Tx on February 11, 1926 to the late Otto Paul Koehler and Annie M. Bennetsen Koehler.


After graduating from high school, Katherine married Billy Kirk Blair on January 15, 1948 and he preceded her in death on June 11, 1981.  She enjoyed dancing, sewing, yard work and playing dominoes.  She was the Glen Flora Postmaster for many years. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wharton. In addition to her parents and her husband, Billy she was preceded in death by her sisters, Pauline Klatt, Pearl Maness, and Velma Damuth; brother, Eugene Koehler.


She is survived by her daughters, Virgie Miller and husband, Gary of Needville and Sharon Gingles and husband, David of El Campo; sons, Ronnie Blair of Wharton and Gary Blair and wife, Leigh Ann of Hungerford; sister, Mary Lou Will; sisters in law, Flossie Blair and Helen Koehler; brother-in-law, L.C. “Buddy” Koehne; grandchildren, Meredith Katopodis of Katy, Kayla Smith and husband, Chris of Fulshear, Jason Gingles and wife, Ana of El Campo, Craig Gingles of San Dimas, California, Brian Gingles of Wharton and Joey Zulauf and wife, Tricia of Hungerford; great grandchildren,  Addisyn Katopodis, Kate Katopodis, Blair Smith, Graham Smith and Blaine Zulauf.


Visitation will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Wharton Funeral Home.  A Funeral Service will follow at 2 p.m.   A Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Wharton, Tx.  Serving as pallbearers Jason Gingles, Craig Gingles, Brian Gingles, Joey Zulauf, Blaine Zulauf, Chris Smith and Graham Smith.


Funeral Services are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.  Condolences may be left at

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