Kathaleen Tabern

November 29, 1931 - July 6, 2021

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Kathaleen Roberta (Routt) Tabern, 89 of Urbana, Ohio went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 in Springfield Regional Medical Center.

Kathaleen was born November 29, 1931 in Piqua, Ohio the daughter of the late Robert H. and Marie (Finley) Routt. She was a graduate of Urbana High School where she was the class valedictorian. Kathaleen then graduated from Urbana University with a degree in education in 1972, followed by a masters degree from Wright State University. Education was her passion. She worked as an educator at Pine Avenue Elementary in Bellefontaine, Ohio for many years, then South Elementary School until her retirement. After retirement, Kathaleen continued tutoring and teaching GED courses. Kathaleen was very active with the Champaign County Democratic party. She was an avid OSU and Cincinnati Reds fan.

Kathaleen leaves to cherish her memory her sons, Dave (Dianna) Tabern Jr. and Thomas (Vanessa) Tabern; grandchildren, Christa (Tim) Page, Todd (Karen) Tabern, Erin (Tony) DeCamella and Malerie (Ryan) Torres; great grandchildren, Lennox, Camden & Flint Tabern, Anya DeCamella, Araya & Audriel Page and Harriett Torres; special nephew, Donald "Donny" Routt, as well as, numerous nieces, nephews and additional cherished family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 42 years, David O. Tabern Sr.; her parents; siblings, Esther Olden, Juanita (Jean) Boyd, Ruth Richey and Robert T. Routt.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2021 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio. Homegoing services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, 2021 in the funeral home with Pastor Emeritus John Thomas officiating.

Burial will follow at OakDale Cemetery, Urbana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Linda Rogan Honore - Jul 10, 2021
My condolences to your family for your loss. You will be in my prayers.
Janet Ladd - Jul 9, 2021
I’m very sorry for the loss of your beloved mother, grandmother, auntie & friend. May your cherished memories bring you comfort, healing and joy. Praying for you.
Bernard Williams - Jul 9, 2021
My prayers are with the Tabern Family at this very difficult time.
Jeanne Evans - Jul 9, 2021
I was privileged to work with Kathaleen at Urbana City Schools. May she rest in peace! What a beautiful life to celebrate!
Josh - Jul 9, 2021
I’m truly grateful for having spent the better part of my youth with the Taberns. Kathaleen always treated me like a member of the family and for that I am honored. The Foy families thoughts and condolences are with all of those fortunate enough to have known Kathaleen. We will miss you grandma Tabern.
Joe and Theresa Jackson - Jul 9, 2021
Tommy, Vanessa and family, we extend our most sincere condolences to you and your family at this time of your Mom's passing to be with the Lord. She was a wonderful woman who was always so kind and pleasant. We are praying for the Lord's comfort and grace to be upon you all.
Cyn Tehan Marsh - Jul 9, 2021
Tommy & family, Hold tight your wonderful memories.
Camille Davis - Jul 9, 2021
I was priviledged to get to know Ms. Kathaleen in her later years. She would accompany her niece, Kay, and me on Urbana's historic home tours and we would always have such a good time. She was always wonderful company and so warm every time we met. Praying for comfort for the family.
Roger and Sharon Smith - Jul 8, 2021
Dave, Tommy and your families, Please accept our expression of sincerest sympathy at the passing Ms. Tabern. Praying for strength and comfort for each day ahead as only God can provide.
Sharon Taylor - Jul 8, 2021
Tommy, Vanessa and Family just know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Ms. Tabern will truly be missed by the entire Edwards family. We will cherish the time and hold onto the memories we had with her. Please receive our warm transfer of love. Sincerely, Sharon Taylor and Dennis Edwards
Anne Hahn - Jul 8, 2021
What a dear sweet beautiful lady!! She always made everyone she was around feel special! I’m sure God has his arms wrapped around her!
Brenda Tabern Wilson Weaver - Jul 8, 2021
Dearest Tabern Family, Aunt Kathaleen was such a Beautiful Precious Loving woman!!! She was always sooo sweet to everyone. She was helpful to Krystle and Savannah when they were in school and lived with me. She and Uncle David were sooo caring and wanted you to do your best and would help you in any way possible!! I loved every opportunity to make 'Monkey Bread ' for her and family. Even though Uncle David always swore his was the best!! 😄 God Bless and Comfort all of you. We're here for all of you. Love and Prayers Sincerely, Brenda, Buddie, Tobias, Krystle, Savannah Erica and Peggy and Family
Cheryl Poppel - Jul 8, 2021
I have always had so much respect for her. I loved having her in our master's class at WSU. I remember how proud her family was at graduation. I know she will be missed.
Carol Daulton - Jul 8, 2021
Pam Wheeler - Jul 8, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear of Kathleen's passing. She was a wonderful lady and an inspiration to all who met her. Thoughts and prayers are with Tommy and all of her family.
Devry (Lantz) Barker - Jul 8, 2021
45 years ago I was a first grader at Pine Avenue elementary and this wonderful lady made the biggest impact on me. To this day, I will never forget the lesson she taught but more importantly her care and compassion for every kid. I remember her hugs. She embraced her teaching position and every young life that placed in her classroom. I have such wonderful childhood memories of elementary school and Mrs. Tabern was an amazing part of this. I only wished that I had the opportunity to see her again after so many years but thankful to hear that she lived a long life with her family. Rest In Peace sweet Mrs. Tabern. You are truly a blessing to those who knew you.
Jackie Caccia Romanish - Jul 8, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. Your families will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Sharon - Jul 8, 2021
My condolences for the family in this time of sorrow. Sharon Kazee
Art Thomas - Jul 8, 2021
So sorry to hear of Kathleen's passing. My deepest sympathy and condolences to her family. Kathleen and I grew up in Piqua when her family (Esther, Jean, Bobbie & Ruthie) lived on Robinson Ave. and remained friends after her family moved to Hill St. in Urbana.
Patty Carnes - Jul 7, 2021
What meaningful words and sentiments are written about Mrs.Tabern and what accomplishments! The very best acomplishment though is her loving family. No one has a greater legacy than that. I met Mrs. Tabern much much later in her life. I may not have known she had a first (beautiful) name. I always called her Grandma Tabern. I am sure she was extremely proud of that name too. To me, "Grandma" encompasses her very essence. Always with us. Always in our hearts.
Tom and Karen Spencer - Jul 7, 2021
Dear Tommy, Vanessa, Donny and Family, We extend our deepest condolences in the passing of Aunt Kathaleen. She was indeed a lovely lady and an absolute joy to be around. We are thankful for her life, her love and her legacy which continues in you all. May God grant you peace, comfort and strength, now and always. Love you, Tom and Karen
Grace M Lawrence - Jul 7, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family.
Celesta Dunn - Jul 7, 2021
Deepest sympathies to the Tabern & Routt families on the passing of a beloved matriarch. Kathaleen was a lovely lady, an inspired educator & a joy to be around. May she Rest In Peace.
EdBoy - Jul 7, 2021
Mrs. Tabern was beloved by our family. She was the perfect teacher for our son Andy. He struggled with reading in his early years and she was patient with him and he made great strides that year. He went on to become an elementary teacher and he now is the CEO of United Schools Network. He has dedicated his career to improving the educational opportunities of inner city neighborhoods in Columbus Ohio. She was an inspiration to Andy and a wonderful person.
Phil and Jean Forsythe - Jul 7, 2021
The special interest that Kathaleen demonstrated in her first grade classrooms and with the families didn't go unnoticed. The hours that she spent preparing lessons and grading papers were deeply appreciated. The years that she dedicated to teaching met so much to all the children and families' lives that she touched with love during her career. Mrs. Tabern was really a wonderful, beautiful lady with many warm, endearing qualities. And the qualities that made her a very special educator, also made Kathaleen a very special friend. God Bless, Phil and Jean
Juanita Arnold - Jul 7, 2021
Deepest sympathies to David, Tommy and families in the loss of your sweet mama. She was such an inspiration ! She will be missed. 💔
Rick Ramsey - Jul 7, 2021
I am so sorry to read this. I taught with Kathaleen in Bellefontaine for many years. I always found her to be a sweet soul, a good teacher and a kind friend. My sympathies and prayers to the families and friends and my prayers for comfort and for memories of better times to ease the loss.
Rev. Sandra Kemper - Jul 7, 2021
Jerusalem Tabernacle MBC mourns with Tim and Christa and the entire family of Sister Kathaleen Tabern. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Look to God - our Comforter.

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