Kathleen Marie (McCarthy) Turk, 74, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, formerly of Zionsville, IN, passed away February 1, 2018.
Kathleen was born July 29, 1943 to Daniel and Nellie McCarthy. She was a graduate of St. Mary's High School, Marian University, and received a post-graduate degree from Cal State- Long Beach.
She was preceded in death by her sister Therese Maxwell and Infant Son Turk. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Joe; children, Joseph Jr. (Amy), Stephen (Elizabeth), and Johnathan (Callie); grandchildren Joseph III, Josh, Samantha, Mary Kate, Caroline, Patrick, Catherine, Luke, Ellie, and Katie; brother, Daniel McCarthy MD (Mary), sister Mary Ann Risch, sister-in-law Barbara Schunk (Jerry); 20 nieces and nephews.
Kathleen was an educator, a homemaker, and an artist. Learning and teaching were lifelong pursuits as she continually added to her own education and that of her husband, sons, and grandchildren. Her teaching approach was always straight talk, a strong compass, and sage advice. As a result, each of them not only have fond memories but useful material for life's challenges.
Most homemakers only have to set up shop once or twice. Kathleen masterfully did it 9 times from West Lafayette, IN, to Louisville, KY, Dallas, TX, Baltimore, MD, San Juan, PR, Los Angeles, CA, Carmel, IN, Zionsville, IN, and Amelia Island, FL. She loved to say that "moving gave you a chance to start over."
When retirement came, she finally was able to revisit her artistic talent using water colors and oils for the first time since college. Her paintings will be displayed and enjoyed in the family homes for several generations.
She had several passions besides education, family and art. The first was her Catholic faith. She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Michael's (Florida), Legatus of Indiana, and volunteered with Love Inc. and Right to Life of Indianapolis for many years. She received the Charles E. Stimming Award for outstanding service from Right to Life in 2008. Another was Marian University where she often volunteered for the "Opportunities for Excellence" Scholarship dinner, and co-chaired the effort in 2008. She also enjoyed playing golf with her husband and friends at Crooked Stick and the Amelia Island Club (Florida).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM in our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 14598 Oakridge Rd., Carmel, IN, with family and friends gathering on Monday February 5, 2018 in Leppert Mortuary - Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th Street from 4-8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kathleen Marie (McCarthy) Turk Scholarship, Marian University (Indianapolis), the Merciful Help Center, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 1045 W. 146th Street, Carmel, IN 46032, or Right to Life of Indianapolis, 1060 E. 86th St., Suite 61B, Indianapolis, IN 46240.
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Dear Joe and Family
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you. Kathleen was a remarkable woman and a good friend. I have many memories of our days together at SMA and Marian-- our dinners at Sam's Subway ( Reuben sandwiches, beer and cheesecake) before three hours of ed class with Sr Georgine. Then later when our families visited one another in California. Our family stills laughs about when Kathleen and I bought 30 pounds of gum drops at Pic and Save.
I always looked forward to seeing her at our SMA "ladies" luncheons.
She has been in my prayers daily and now I ask her to pray for me. She is at peace.
To the Family of Kathleen McCarthy Turk,
I was so sorry to hear of Kathleen's passing. Joe, please accept my condolences, I have great memories of her and I in school together at St. Philip Neri, class of 1957. What a lovely and graceful lady!
I am sorry I can't see you in person, my sympathy's.
Father Jerry Kirkhoff
Joe and family
So sorry to hear about your dear wife. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers. May God hold her in the palm of his hand
Mark and Mary Jane Felts
My wonderful memories of Kathleen began when I arrived at St. Mary Academy my sophomore year. What warmth she offered to welcome me to the school she loved! Kathleen, Charlotte, Kathy R. Suzette, Carol Ann all began friendships that endured through the years. I will miss her kindness and exuberance for life. God blessed our lives with her. Descanse en paz.
I have a clear memory of Kathleen in art class at St. Mary's. While I was struggling to "be a grown up", and to fit in, she was already there!
She was working on a painting that was to be a gift for her dad...a still life that included a beautiful violin. It looked like something done by a professional.
She was always kind to me and I admired her for her grace and beauty. I'm sure she will be greatly missed.
I plan to thank her when we meet again at the Grand Banquet.
Maggie Scanlan Carson
Joe and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.
David and I are so sorry to learn of Katie's passing. She was kind, warm and embracing. It was easy to be in her presence, as she embodied all of the good things in life. When I was a young Inland wife, she was always one of the first to approach me with an outstretched hand that often turned into a warm hug. That always meant a great deal to me. I am sure that David and I are among many who remember her with respect and affection.
Please accept our sincerest condolences.
Peg McRoy Glover
We all have a lot of fond memories of our friends and classmates in the St. Philip Neri Parish. After our graduation, we parted ways but never lost that close, friendship feeling. I remember Kathleen in my mind and in my heart. My prayers go out to all her family and friends.
Mary Ellen Linne
Saying good bye to someone you have shared 70 years of memories with is difficult beyond measure. How I remember those wonderful SPN days with Suzette, Mary Ellen, and our other good grade school friends. Touching base with Kathleen again at Marian was a treat as was staying in touch with her sister, Therese,through our work at St. E's. It just seemed there were always connections in our lives. I can't bring comfort to her family, but I know they will receive their comfort each day through the myriad memories that Kathleen has provided for them. Joe, children and grandchilren: you are all so fortunate that her life touched and molded yours. She will always be just a memory away, sitting on your shoulder to continue to give her sage advice. Peace to each of you.
Maribeth Taylor Ransel
When we were in high school at St. Mary's Academy (can't recall the year), I was asked by one of our teachers to tell Kathleen that her mother had died that day. What a terrible message I had to impart !
She and I began our friendship at St. Phillip Neri School, from kindergarten through 8th grade, then through high school at St. Mary's. I will never forget her, my inspiration. An inspiration to all her knew her.
Requiescat in pace, dear Kathleen.
Suzette Glenn Murphy
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