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Dr. Kathy A. Starr

September 20, 1950 — May 5, 2023

Sylva, NC

Dr. Kathy Ann Starr (nee Hollinger) of Sylva passed away on Friday, May 5, 2023, after a lengthy illness. Kathy was born in Lancaster, PA on September 20, 1950. She moved with her family in 1957 to Fort Lauderdale, FL where she attended elementary and high school. She graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Florida State University. She went on to earn a Masters Degree and later Ph.D. in anatomy from the Albany Medical College in Albany, NY.

Loved and admired by her students, Kathy was a talented and dedicated teacher. She taught anatomy many years in the Physical Therapy Department of Western Carolina University. Kathy was a devout Roman Catholic. A member of St. Mary's Mother of God Church in Sylva, she humbly served in many capacities. As a member of the Lay Carmelite Community, she will be sorely missed for her loving leadership and care for all.

Kathy leaves behind a grieving family; her sister, Darleen Lohmeyer and brother-in-law, Bill of Atlanta, GA; niece, Kay Brown (Bo), nephew, Patrick (Kelli) Lohmeyer; and five great nieces, all of Atlanta, GA.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday May 19th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Mother of God Church in Sylva.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity in Kathy's name.

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Friday, May 19, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Mary Catholic Church

22 Bartlett St, Sylva, NC 28779

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