Kathryn L. Funkhouser, Montgomery County Public Schools media specialist, dies at 88

November 29, 2013

Kathryn L. Funkhouser, a media specialist who worked for Montgomery County public schools for 13 years before retiring in 1987, died Nov. 16 at the ManorCare Health Services facility in Potomac. She was 88.

The cause was cancer, said her daughter, Claudia F. Everitt.

Before joining the school district, Mrs. Funkhouser did administrative work with the old Veterans Administration, the Library of Congress and the National Institutes of Health. She had lived in Bethesda for 65 years.

Kathryn Luther was born in Hartsville, S.C. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from what is now Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., in 1949 and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Maryland in 1970.

She was a classroom volunteer in Montgomery County public schools during her children’s education and served as a Girl Scout troop leader and a Cub Scout den mother.

She was a longtime member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church, where she led the women’s circle and was a Sunday school teacher and a deacon, her daughter said.

Mrs. Funkhouser also did fundraising for March of Dimes and other charities. Her memberships included the Hillmead neighborhood citizens association and garden club.

Her husband of 64 years, Claude Funkhouser Jr., died in 2011. Survivors include two children, Claudia F. Everitt of Bethesda and Stephen J. Funkhouser of Gastonia, N.C.; two sisters; a grandson; and two great-granddaughters.

— Emily Langer

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