Katherine P. Ehlers

Katherine P. Ehlers

Suffolk , VA
10.19.1936 - 06.20.2020
New York

Katherine P. Ehlers, 83, of Chesapeake, VA, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 20, 2020.  She was born to the late Ruth and James Potter and grew up in Huntington Long Island, New York.

Katie received her RN from Saint Luke’s Hospital in New York and held many nursing jobs over her career.  Most recently she was a School Nurse at Western Branch High School and worked at the Methodone Clinic in Portsmouth, VA. Nursing and caring for others was not only a vocation but a way of life for Katie.  She was a selfless caregiver helping not only family and friends, but anyone in need.  Her smiling face, soothing words and tenacious guidance touched the lives of many.

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years Raymond G. Ehlers; daughter Denise Bateman & husband David;  daughter Linda Goldman & husband Steve; son James Ehlers & wife Kelly, daughter Kelly Koziol & Gavin Rountree; grandchildren [Melissa (husband Chris), Lindsay (husband Brian), Erin, Allison, Taylor, Nathan, Connor, Bryce] and great grandchildren (Reid, Olivia, Curren, Mira, Dylann.)  She is also survived by her sister Virginia Jacobsen.

A strong Christian and a member of many churches over her lifetime, Katie most recently attended Pinecrest Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 2pm at Baker-Foster Funeral Home, 5685 Lee Farm Lane, Suffolk, VA.  In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your favorite charity.  Special thanks to Freda H. Gordon Hospice care (Emily, Chris, and Kim), Emily from Generations, and also to Dr. Zahan Zev for years of dedicated care. Condolences can be offered at rwbakerfh.com.

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5685 Lee Farm Lane
Suffolk , VA 23435
United States


I was so sorry to hear about Katie's passing. My husband, Jay, myself and my family used to attend St. Christopher's Episcopal Church with her many years ago. Katie was always so sweet spirited, kind, loving, gentle and so giving! I will be praying for God's strength and peace for your family as you grieve her absence, but rejoice that Katie is now in the arms of Jesus.

Holly Anderson

What a beautifully written obituary for your mom. Every word about her character and kindness was spot on. She had an incredible smile ...one that as soon as you saw it you knew her soul was kind. My heartfelt condolences to all of you in the family. Keeping you in my prayers. See you on Saturday.

Elizabeth Axson

Denise & Linda, do sorry for your loss. As another
mid 70's WB'er, I remember your Mom out there hanging tough for us, the school and being active here in our neck of the woods. Blessings for a wonderful life and 🙏🙏🙏 for y'all and the family.

Scott Butcher

Ray and the Family,
We are very sorry to hear of Katie’s passing. Certainly, she will be much missed by your children, grandchildren, the entire family and the community too. But thinking of you specifically Ray, we are saddened to know of your important loss of Katie. …Married 63 years; almost impossible, however it is a strong testament to the enduring love and companionship of both of you!
Now I have not seen Katie since our 50th reunion. Besides her sparkle then, I well remember her and you from the dances back at the Fort-and I recall the special, romantic relationship you had with Katie. In fact, as a couple, you were my ideal of real love. So I am sure you will exceptionally miss Katie and I am in sad sympathy with all your grieving.
Jack (& Faith) Burns ‘57

Jack & Faith Burns

Linda and Jimmy,
I am so very sorry for this immense loss of your wonderful mother. She was a quiet giant in the lives of so many at WBHS. My years at WBHS were made immensely better with her as a guiding voice and light. May you be comforted by the memories of such a beautiful soul.
Patrica Robertson Wilson

Patricia Robertson Wilson

I am very sad reading her obituary today. I have been seeing her for 15 years. She is such a kind person with wonderful smile and always very appreciative. Everyone in my office loved her. I am going to miss her. My heartful condolences to the whole family.

Zahan Zev MD

zahan zev

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family! You are in our thoughts and prayers !

Shawn and Pam Pierce

So very sorry for your loss, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

Dawn, Max and Girls

The Miller Family

Our heartfelt condolences to the Family. Katie was a role model for us all, her compassion and understanding was immeasurable. She touched many along with way and l’m thankful for the life lessons she shared. May be peace and love be with all of you.

Laura Dobson

Dear Ray, I recently learned of Katie's passing and I wish to express my sincere sympathy. I want you to know that I have pleasant memories of her from our days at GE and as a caring neighbor. She touched many lives of children, known and unknown to me. I admired her willingness to advocate when seeing someone in need. We were all blessed to have known her.

Cynthia Ghaemmaghami
Charlottesville, Virginia

Cynthia Ghaemmaghami

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