Irwin, Katherine

January 22, 1957 - November 27, 2019

Katherine was born in Albany, NY on January 22, 1957. She grew up in central New York where she graduated from Shaker High School and spent her days playing tennis. Upon graduating, she moved to Daytona Beach to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she met her husband of 39 years, Richard.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science and Aviation Management, the two were married in the autumn of 1980 and moved to Kingwood where they started their family. Katherine was offered a job as a pilot for a preeminent international airline and honorably declined the offer to raise their two children, Christopher and Courtney.
In addition to raising their family, Katherine was a part of the HR department in the retail industry where she would demonstrate her keen sense of humor and wit by telling a few jokes whether to coworkers or clients, but always delivering them with a genuine smile and caring heart.
Katherine is preceded in death by her generous and loving parents, Marcia and Francis Von Stetina. She is survived by her husband Richard, and their two adult children: daughter Courtney (husband Jonathan) Levy, and son, Christopher Irwin. She is also survived by her four siblings, Mark Von Stetina, Gary Von Stetina (wife Maureen), Jean Scammacca (husband Mike), and Joe Von Stetina (wife Paula) as well as many much-loved nieces and nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.
Along with her commitment and dedication to spending time with family, Katherine never met a fine china pattern she did not love (or could not identify – even on the silver screen!) She was enchantingly sarcastic, could alway deliver a comical play on words, challenge and solve any problems, source bargains across the nation and get you excited for all the hidden gems along a spontaneous road trip route.
Katherine met her endometrial cancer diagnosis in the fall of 2019 with rock solid faith, a courageous and selfless spirit, and constant positivity flowing from mind and heart. Her resilience and optimism helped to sustain those who were there to be her support system while she was going through treatment. While at home, she passed peacefully on the morning of November 27, surrounded by her family at the age of 62.
On her behalf, we would like to especially thank all her friends throughout the years, from her forever faithful circle at St. Martha’s Catholic Church, Macy’s teams and founding friends of Kingwood.
In lieu of flowers and in tribute to Katherine’s generosity of spirit, the family requests that deeds of goodwill be paid forward to both new and familiar faces.
Should you wish to tribute to her in another way, donations may be made to St. Martha’s Catholic Church located at 4301 Woodridge Parkway, Porter TX 77365.

Service Information

The visitation will be Wednesday, December 4, from 6-9pm at Darst Funeral Home, 796 Russell Palmer Rd, Kingwood, TX 77339.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, December 5, at 10:30am at St. Martha's Catholic Church, 4301 Woodridge Pkwy, Porter, TX 77365.

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11 replies on “Irwin, Katherine”

Tony and Cruz Sofronas says:

We pray for Katherine and her family and we were honored to have known her.

Jean and ScottVanDerhei says:

Kathy was such a special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family

Denise Basinger says:

Aunt Kathy you will be missed my many. Our thought and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Frank, Denise and Parker Basinger

Gabriela and Jesse Hammers says:

To our most gracious Aunt Kathy, you will be dearly missed and forever in our prayers and memories. Also to her beautiful family, we send our love and support always. Love Gabby and Jess

Jean Scammacca says:

To the sweetest kindest most loving sister anyone could ever know. You’re deeply missed. May you find peace and rest with our family departed family and friends. Love everlasting


It is with deepest sorrow that we send condolences to the entire family. Kathy was a special king of person and will be missed. Rest in Peace, Kathy. Family, keep the good memories close to your hearts.

Stephen Gustafson says:

Kathy was not only an optometric patient of mine, but also a dear neighbor and friend. I would always look forward to her visits in the office as that sly grin and quirky sense of humor tended to make my day better. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Dick, Chris, and Courtney.

Stephen & Tommie Gustafson

Maritza Lugo says:

WITH deepest sorrow we say goodbye to Kathy, the best next door neighbor you could ever have. In her face you always saw real love and kindness. Dick, Courtney and Chris we will always here for you! Love you guys as my real family.

Suzette Adamsr says:

We will never forget you. Never. You are one of a kind.

Fran Giuliano Eiss says:

I so wish I had had the chance to know you better. But I see your imprint on your loving family and know you will rest in peace and joy leaving behind the love you nurtured in the hearts of Rick, Courtney and Chris.

Gary Von Stetina says:

How lucky was I to have a sister like you? Thank you for all the fun times and for laughing at all my dumb jokes. And thanks for giving my sarcasm right back to me! If anyone was going straight to heave it is you. May you have eternal rest and may perpetual light shine upon you.

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