Kathleen Ruth Gutowski

Born: 01/28/1956 Passed:

On Wednesday morning, December 16, 2020, Kathleen Ruth Gutowski went Home to her Savior after a valiant one-month long battle with uterine cancer. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on January 28, 1956.  Kathy graduated from Twinsburg High School in 1974.  After graduating, she was employed at Allstate and JCPenney.  She then got her dream job as an Administrative Assistant with the Twinsburg City School District (1993-2012).  Kathy’s heart and desire was to help others.  She particularly loved working with children. Her compassion was clearly felt and therefore she was both loved and respected by staff and students.  In addition to working full-time, she also held part-time jobs.  This enabled her to provide the best for her family.  One of the most fun part-time jobs she held was working for Loss Prevention at Geauga Lake.  She would enjoy her day at the amusement park with her sister or daughter completing tasks as an “undercover” patron.  Kathy’s longest held part-time job was with Kohl’s (2007-2020). She loved talking with customers and providing assistance wherever she was needed. Her strong work ethic was admirable, and she was always known for going above and beyond.  Having been recognized for her exceptional professional and personal skills, Kathy was chosen to train new employees.  She participated in Kohl’s Volunteer programs and fundraisers including Great Strides and Relay for Life.  Kathy’s greatest gifts in life were her beloved and precious daughters, Deanna and Danielle.  Her family was equally loved and cherished.  She always put others before herself.  She gave of herself daily with love and without complaint, providing the best care for Deanna who lived with cystic fibrosis.  Despite her dedicated care for Deanna and Deanna’s numerous hospital stays, Kathy still made time to lovingly support Danielle, in the Singing Angels.  This required countless hours including travel. Kathy’s greatest delight was watching her daughters thrive and doing everything she could to bring them happiness.  Kathy always made things special!  She was known for giving the most thoughtful gifts and remembering little details to make things even more meaningful.  Kathy was selfless and took pride in helping others as much as possible. When Deanna received a double lung transplant in 2012, she quit her full-time job and sold her home to move to another state to become Deanna’s caregiver.  Later in life, Kathy’s greatest joy became her grandchildren, Eli and Delila.  She felt blessed beyond measure!  It was beautiful to watch the pure delight and love she held for them.  She treasured every moment she spent with them.  In addition to having fun with her grandchildren, some of Kathy’s favorite pastimes were going on adventures with her sister, Cheryl; going out to eat with her family; spending time sharing stories and drinking hot tea with her parents, Doris and Smitty; and watching cooking shows with her daughter, Danielle. To know Kathy was to be blessed with her kindness, generosity, love, and selflessness. 


Kathy was preceded in death by her daughter, Deanna Gutowski.


She is survived by her daughter, Danielle (Jim) Arnold; grandson, Eli; granddaughter, Delila; father, Smitty (Irwin) Turnbull; mother, Doris Turnbull (Moore); sister, Cheryl Hayes; brother, Donnie (Carol) Turnbull; Aunt Loretta Kotula; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 


Kathy will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.  Her wings were ready, but our hearts were not.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and time.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Kathy’s memory to the Women’s Cancer Research Foundation at https://www.womenscancerfoundation.com.  Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at www.heritagecremationsociety.com


Heritage Cremation Society



36 Tributes to Kathleen Ruth Gutowski

  1. Tish Rizzo says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother Danielle. Kathy was the most Careing,, selfless and giving person I have ever met. She truly listened when you talked and and always remembered every little thing. I will truly miss this wonderful woman! Spread your wings sweet friend and soar!

    • Kyle says:

      She always had a smile on her face when I came into the schools. Full of life and always so caring and considerate of others. She will be greatly missed. Love, comfort and prayers to the family and her friends.

    • Kristin Anderson says:

      I grieve our great loss. But I know Kathy’s great love for her Savior Jesus and I will get to see her someday in heaven. She was one of the most genuine souls I’ve ever met and I’ll never forget the warmth of her sweet smile and gentle voice! I loved working with Kathy at Kohls for 5 years!!! What a treasured time that was! RIP sweet Kathy!! Xo

    • Rich and Jan Greene says:

      We are sadden by the lose of Kathy. Our condolences go out to the family. As friend, neighbor and classmate Kathy was always a smiling face and special person. Our prayers for comfort go out to all family and friends. May your memories of Kathy bring you the peace and love she would desire for you.

    • Carol Neal says:

      Kathy was a truly remarkable woman, always smiling in spite of obstacles put in her path. She raised two remarkable young woman, and like her beautiful Deanna, she will surely be missed. Rest in sweet, heavenly peace lovely lady.

    • Patricia Scragg-hudec says:

      She always had a smile and kind word

    • Anonymous says:

      Danielle I’m Mrs Dudash mother of Todd and Megan. I don’t know if u remember them from the high school? I’m so so sorry for the loss of ur Mom and sister. I first met ur mom and dad when they bought our house (bi-level) on Glenwood Dr. ur mom was so sweet and bubbly. I was in my 30’s when we sold the house to them. I remember ur mom telling me that when she rode by she was hoping for the house to go up for sale. She got her wish.
      Ur mom was a wonderful person. Our paths did cross from time to time over the years. Twinsburg isn’t that big. I know ur mom is not to far away. Moms always watch over their children. Once again my deepest condolences.

  2. Beth Govern says:

    I am deeply saddened and so incredibly sorry for the loss of Kathy. In the time that I knew her it was always apparent how much she cared and went above and beyond for her children. I was always treated warmly and she was always welcoming. I will never forget all the times she took Danielle and I to concerts and waited in the car in downtown Cleveland while we were inside idolizing our favorite bands. Danielle, your mom was a true gift to this earth. Wishing you love and peace during this difficult time.

  3. Cathy Newbould says:

    So very sorry to hear the passing of Kathy. She was the epitome of a selfish, loving, giving person. She always had a smile on her face and made you feel important. The work force at Twinsburg knew she always went the extra mile! Kath it’s time to relax and enjoy the after life you well deserve❤️ You are truly an angel!

    • Ernestine (Peek) Young says:

      Kathy and I went to RBC high school. She was a beautiful person with a great personality to match. During our high school years, Kathy greeted you with a smile, laughter, and kind words of encouragement. RIP, Kathy. The class of 1974 will always remember you.

    • Carol LoPresti Pearce says:

      I’m sorry for your loss. Worked with your mom at Allstate. I have known for a very long time. She had a great personality and always made you feel welcomed. Truly will be missed.

  4. Allison Doyle (Dodeci) says:

    Danielle and Family,
    I am so very sorry for your sudden loss. Although it’s difficult today to see past the sadness, I know the fond memories of your amazing mother will send comfort at some point. She was the most loving, selfless person I have ever met and always treated people as if they were the most important person in the world. She will be missed. ❤️

  5. Jimmy Jaksic says:

    I just realized this was Kathy Turnbull. I remember her as a sweet young lady living up the street from us. I am so sorry for loss.

  6. Susan St. John says:

    I am so so so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you all. Kathy was kind, caring, hard-working, faithful, full of life with her infectious smile & contagious laugh, a loyal friend to all who knew her. She has no more pain, & is dancing with Jesus today smiling along with Deanna. I am so so sorry. If there is ANYthing I can do, please let me know. You are all in my thoughts & prayers.

  7. Kathy (Ryan) Cappabianca says:

    Kathy and I were good friends during high school. I envied her proficiency in shorthand – she was a wizard! We both worked at TEREX General Motors (where Joann Fabrics is in Hudson) during the summer before our senior year. She and I car pooled and shared our experiences of “the business world”, haha. Her smile and laughter were contagious. I’m sorry to have lost touch with her after graduation.

  8. Pat Chambers (Weeks) says:

    Thoughts and prayers to Kathy’s daughter and the Turnbull family.

  9. Bobbie (Harney) Dougherty says:

    Even though I was older than Kathy in school, we we lived in the same development and parents were close friends so I would see Kathy. My memories of Kathy will always be her infectious smile. You could see the kindness in her face just looking at her. She will be fondly remembered by so many in such a positive way and I hope this will help heal the families broken hearts.

  10. Susan says:

    Kathy’s smile changed the day for each and every person she met. May God bless her and her family always.

  11. Maria Ostrowski says:

    I’m sorry to hear of the loss of this great lady! I knew her from Bissell Elementary School. My girls loved her and so did I. She always made everyone feel special. Your family will be in my prayers.

  12. Carla (Slama) Haas says:

    Your mom was one of a kind with her warm, kind heart. I was a Bissell teacher and absolutely loved Mrs G! I’m moved thinking of the selfless compassion Kathy had for all of us at the school! ❤️

  13. Linda Undicelli says:

    I am so sorry for your loss You and your family will be in my prayers. Your Mom always had a smile that lite up a room and made you feel special no matter where you were. I enjoyed working with her at Bissell and seeing her at Kohl’s was always great catching up. She loved you and her grandkids so much. She will be missed.

  14. Jeff Funk says:

    So sorry to hear this. I had the privilege to work with Kathy at RBC for 10 years. She kept track of all of the $ that ran through the athletic department. She was the calm that helped keep it all run smoothly. Admired and loved by all who knew her. I truly enjoyed my trips to her office. Good listener….advice giver….and friend. The Twinsburg school system and community was fortunate to have her for so many years.
    Her love for her family showed as she would just light up when she had the opportunity to talk about them. She was a proud Momma. Sending thoughts and prayers to Danielle (former great student) and her family at this difficult time.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Heaven gained a special angel! Kathy was a beautiful loving happy person . Always smiling Even in her darkest Times. Rest In Peace Kathy and watch over your family.

  16. Cheryl Ann says:

    Aunt Kathy, the kindest most giving woman I know, self sacrificing to do anything for her loved ones. She didn’t sweat the small stuff. She didn’t let it bring her down. I wish I had some of her high quality character in me.
    May peace be with you Aunt Kathy, thank you for being such a bright ray of sunshine! We will miss you dearly. Xoxoxo

  17. Theresa Matrisciano says:

    To Kathy’s family, please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences. To Mr. and Mrs. Turnbull, the big dog and I miss seeing you and we’ll stop by in the springtime. I am so very sorry for your loss…

    Theresa and the Matrisciano family

  18. Kristi (Smith-Heller) Clarkson says:

    Cheryl, Mr. and Mrs. Turnbull, Donnie, I just want you to know I’m so sorry and saddened to hear this news about Kathy. I haven’t seen any of you in so long, but as a kid I spent a lot of time at your home and always loved your family. Kathy was 4 years older than Cheryl and me, but she was always nice to us, never treated us like annoying younger kids! I remember she was funny and had a great laugh and was just a really nice big sister to Cheryl. It sounds like she lived her life loving her family and friends and being a person anyone would be glad to have had their life touched by in some way.
    My thoughts, deepest condolences and prayers are with you all. You are always in my heart and best memories.

  19. Nancy Forester and Barry Smith says:

    Dear Cheryl & Mr. and Mrs. Turnbull, our hearts go out to your entire family during this time of sadness and grief. Cheryl and I became friends while working at the city of Twinsurg, and I was fortunate enough to meet Kathy on a few occasions. Her smile and laugh were so memorable! It is our wish that in time your family can just recall the sweet happy times with such a loving lady. You are in our thoughts.

    • Gale Grau says:

      I had the pleasure to meet Kathy when she needed to move to care for her daughter. What a wonderful mother! So sad to hear she is gone. She is now with her daughter in a better place. Prayers to her family ????

  20. cinda dehner says:

    Every day at Bissell was made brighter by Kathy’s infectious smile and friendliness. Her care, concern, and helpfulness to all the Bissell students, parents, and staff will always be remembered. She was loved by all and will be missed.

  21. Christine Lipnos says:

    When I heard of Kathy’s passing, I couldn’t hardly believe it. Kathy was full of life and her smile brought happiness to anyone around her. I had the pleasure to work with Kathy at Bissell and at RBC, and Ed also worked with her at RBC. Kathy would always share the upcoming “deals” at Kohl’s with Ed because she knew he was always looking for a good deal and would share her special “friends” coupons with him. I can literally still hear her voice and her laugh. Even in a “crisis” Kathy kept things calm for us teachers and we knew that she would handle anything we needed. The Lipnos family sends our deepest sorrow and prayers to the Gutowski Family, at this difficult time.

    • Flo Bonacci says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss I meet Kathy many years ago when I taught Danielle & Deanna at PALS Catholic Preschool may God Bless the family Rest In Peace
      Mrs Flo Bonacci

  22. Gerry McConnell says:

    RIP Kathy. She was a beautiful person, and the obituary truly spells that out. My sympathies to all the family.

  23. Margie Cohen says:

    Danielle, your mom was always so cheerful and helpful at Bissell and RBC since I met her 20 years ago. More recently, at Kohl’s, she would still ask about my girls by name and share her pride in her girls and especially her grandchildren. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  24. Angela Magnes says:

    The news of Kathy’s passing saddened me terribly. I was fortunate enough to work with Kathy at RBC for a number of years. Kathy was always smiling, kind, and calm. She never had a complaint about anything. Kathy said her part-time job at Kohl’s was for fun. I enjoyed seeing her there periodically and catching up since her return the the area. To Kathy’s family, you were so fortunate to have Kathy in your life. May your memories bring you comfort. May she Rest In Peace.

  25. Leanne Paul says:

    Danielle, I had the opportunity to work with your mom at RBC for ten years. She is the kindest soul, best multitasker and the glue that made everything roll smoothly. If you needed to know something, Kathy was the one to ask. She didn’t judge, just listened.
    She would light up when she talked of her girls and family. Prayers to you and your entire family. Let the special Memories you have over flow in your heart.

  26. Natalie Lonczak says:

    Danielle, your mother was one of the most wonderful people I have ever had the honor of knowing. My heart breaks for you and your family, but I hope you are able to take comfort in the fact that your mom touched so many with her kindness, compassion, and warmth. Wishing you peace as you mourn your loss.

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