March 21, 1955 — Feb. 14, 2019
Thursday, February 28, 2019
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Katie Gneiting, 63, passed away peacefully Feb. 14, 2019, in the presence of her husband in Tacoma, Wash., where she was able to enjoy the last few months of life with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. There will be a remembrance ceremony at Columbus Congregational Church in the next few weeks, as well as a memorial celebration in Leavenworth, Wash., this summer.

Katie was born in New-burg, Ore., on March 21, 1955, to Hazel and Merle Wetterhus, and moved to Kalispell, Mont., around the age of 5, spending the rest of her life in Montana. She graduated from Flathead High School and attended Eastern Montana College with a focus in education and music.

She spent 33 years as an elementary school teacher within Columbus Elementary School and also owned and worked for Montana Gem – a local jewelry business. Katie married Randy Gneiting on Oct. 20, 1979, and they raised one daughter, Vanessa, within the Columbus community. Her grandson, Jack, was born April 19, 2014, and was the youngest love of her life.

Katie enjoyed reading, music, and finding small acts of kindness. She will forever be remembered for her kind heart, her friendships, and her genuine caring for others.

Katie is survived by her husband, daughter, son-in-law, grandson, stepbrother, and half-sister. She will be missed wonderfully by all who knew her.