Katharina  Schachner

July 17, 1935 - April 23, 2020

Katharina Schachner, of Ross Township, born on July 17, 1935 in Tschestelek, Yugoslavia of german descent, died peacefully at Passavant Hospital on April 23, 2020. Beloved daughter of the late Joseph Jost and Anna Wagner (Cyril); Beloved wife of the late Konrad Schachner; Mother of six, Walter (Deborah), Konrad (Joyce), Ingrid Urben (John), Joseph aka Sepp (Sally), Michelle Pekich (Mark), and the late Richard (Jonalyn); Grandmother of Ryan (Natalie), Derek, Joshua (Tina), Jayme, Kurtis, Sean (Tiffany), Karter, Konrad, and Lily; Great Grandmother of Ava, Trenton, Mckenna, and Landon. Kay is also survived by many extended “children ” and “grandchildren,” who she loved and cared for during her life, as well as many loving friends.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother Matt (surviving Joyce) Jost.

She was a lifetime member of Teutonia Mannerchor, where she was a singer and friend to everyone. Kay was everybody’s “Mutti.” She enjoyed weekends at camp with her family, singing and dancing the “Mutti Shuffle”. She loved to cook for all, including the priests at Assumption Church. In spite of hard times as a Russan starvation camp survivor, she lit up the room with her positive energy and contagious laughter. “Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think!”
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sarah Heinz House or the Teutonia Damenchor, c/o Michelle Pekich, 1997 Mountville Road, Portersville, PA 16051.

Due to our Nations current pandemic, a private family service was held. A public gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. Professional arrangements entrusted to Devlin Funeral Home, North Hills.

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  • Karl Waldinger

    I’m so sorry to hear with much lateness about Kay’s passing. She was my aunt. Unfortunately I met her only once in lifetime when I was a boy by the age of nine. I still see her smiling and we kids were very proud of our american aunt. May she rest in peace.

  • Myles & Barb Minzenberg

    We are deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. She was a dear person-so full of fun and life. The world has lost a special person and we are sending our love.

  • Connie Ziolkowski

    I only knew Kay 5-6 years but they were all enjoyable years. I met her at Club Julian Water Aerobics, where we all had many many fun times with Kay! Her winning smile and her funny way of appearing late for class will be greatly missed😢. Kay please keep that smile for the angels in heaven 😇 I am writing this from all of us at Water Aerobics. God Bless You

  • Jackie Scuilli

    Kay always made us all smile when she came into the pool at Julians we will miss her.

  • RONALD cancilla

    Hi Walt and family
    so sorry to here about your mom
    she had her hands full with you guys growing up .
    take care

  • Mary Beth Baumbaugh

    Ron and I enjoyed Kay tremendously and especially loved to make her laugh. She had an infectious laugh! We also loved her stories. She is dearly missed!

  • Eileen Burke

    A very special lady that I will sadly miss. RIP

  • Fam. Florian Schachner and Fam. Elisabeth Müller

    Kay, we miss you. You were an aunt for us which we loved very much. We are so glad that we met you last summer. We pray for you.

  • Kathy Dziubek

    We all loved your mom so much! We have so many happy memories with her, from floating on the dock with her at camp to her trying to teach me to make spaetzle when she babysat for Kevin and John. We will miss her smile, her laugh and her dancing.

  • Darlene Lucas

    To Kay’s Family
    The world has lost a treasure! I can still hear her voice and laughter ringing in my ears. I know that Kay is busy teaching the angels to sing and dance to Lily Marlene while sporting her black cigarette holder. We are all richer in spirit, joy and love and so very fortunate to have known her!

  • Jim and Terri Anzaldi

    Deepest sympathy to all of the Schachner family. She was a great woman that will be missed by many but never forgotten. Prayers to all.

  • Jeff Maltz

    SInce becoming a member of the Teutonia Männerchor Kay was staple of the club. She will be missed. Ruhe in Frieden, liebe Kay. Ich möchte mein herzliches Beileid an deine Familie aussprechen.

  • Ed Hollenberger

    Kay, you were the light at the club that made Everyone feel welcomed and loved. Alway a great big hug and kiss when ever you walked into the Club. You were always there when needed for any event and made whoever else was helping feel welcomed and love. Thank you for being there always for me when I was the Manager of Teutonia. You will be truly missed by all. God bless and good health to your family at this most difficult time.


    My deepest condolences to the Schachner Family. I will Greatly miss Kay. Her Fire, smile, laughter, singing, and Gemütlichkeit will never be forgotten at Teutonia Männerchor. We will all miss her. My Farewell to Kay- Klettern jeden Berg, Suche hoch und niedrig. Grüß Gott jeden Tag, Du bist endlich zu Hause. Aufwiedersehen Katharina.

  • lynda arehart

    One of the brightest stars in our sky has gone out to now shine in a brighter heaven.

  • George and Elisabeth Mandl

    Our deepest sympathy to the family

  • Lois and Dave Jost

    We have many special memories of Kay. She was always happy, upbeat, funny and an amazing cook. The sibling relationship between Matthias and Katharina was amazing and fun to be a witness to. She put him in his place always. They will continue this relationship I am sure. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Mary Y Seibert

    Dear family of Kay, sincerest condolences to all and know that Kay is forever in our hearts and memories! She was a joy in our lives and her legacy to all of us, was love and endurance in all trials of life! She simply lit up the room and the Damenchor lived her dearly.
    Mary Seibert, President of Damenchor

  • Kathy Hinsman

    Dearest Kay, I will never forget you! Thank you for your kindness, sense of humor, cheerfulness, generosity, and your great faith in God and humanity. I will cherish my memories of the many wonderful things we did together over the years. The angels are rejoicing because a new alto voice has joined their heavenly chorus. Your friend always! Kathy

  • John &Cynthia ERSKINE

    Kay was a friend to all and a valuable and active member of Teutonia Maennerchor. she will be missed and remembered fondly by all. John Erskine

  • Bill Johnson

    Thoughts and prayers to Kay’s family. She was a ray of sunshine, full of laughter, and will be greatly missed. Rita and I loved our time spent with her and Konrad at Teutonia. TEUTONIA LIFE MEMBER – BILL JOHNSON (husband of the late Rita Katasanow Johnson)

  • John Bauer

    Katharina was always the life of the club. From day one that I had met her we became good friends and she will be greatly missed. Eternal Memories.


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