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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Kathleen A. Chasteen
February 2, 1963 - January 14, 2022

Public Events and Locations

Visitation - Thursday, January 20, 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Wetzel and Son, Rockledge
Funeral Service - Thursday, January 20, 2022, 10:00 AM at Wetzel and Son, Rockledge


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-8550 - Map
Family Florist - Sally’s Flowers - 7950 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111 - 215-722-4500 - Map
Donation - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital - 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 - 800-822-6344 - Map

Kathleen A. "Kathy" Chasteen of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died Friday, January 14, 2022 at Holy Redeemer Hospital.  She was 58 years old.  Kathy was born February 2, 1963 in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, daughter of Marian Elizabeth Gillich (nee - Kuhlmeier) and the late Harry J. Gillich Sr.  She is the beloved wife of the late Houston J. Chasteen; sister of Harry Gillich Jr. and his wife Becky, John Gillich and his wife Janet, and Laura Focht and her husband Brian; aunt of Aubrey, Kelli, Krista, Jenna, Greta, John Jr., Justin, Jason, Jacob, Brittany, Alyssa. Also survived by her many cousins and friends. She will be greatly missed by her 22 year old cat Misty.

Kathy was raised and educated in Philadelphia. She was a graduate of Frankford High school. In 1980 she and her fellow flag guard members were picked to be in the movie “Blowout”. She continued her education at Lebanon Valley College and received her masters degree from St. Joseph’s University. Kathy spent 35 years with the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging beginning with social work and then was promoted into a leadership role and spent the remainder of her career training the next generation of social workers.  She met Houston and they began dating on July 5, 1985. The couple were married on June 5, 1993, a date that was selected to celebrate his mother’s birthday. In her free time she enjoyed cross-stitching and was an avid reader, she was also deeply committed to philanthropy and donated generously to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Relatives and friends were invited to her viewing on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 9:00 A.M. and a memorial service to be followed at 10:00 A.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046. 

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, we are holding Kathy's Funeral in person and Facebook live for all of our family and friends. We created a live event so all could feel apart of the celebration of life for Kathy. We will start the live feed at 9:45am and the service will begin at 10:00am. Please visit Wetzel and Son to view the obituary.
Thank you for your love and support.
The Gillich Family 

Religious services were conducted by Kathy's nephew, Rev. Darren Umble.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Family flowers arranged by Sally’s Flowers 215-722-4500.

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