Kate Bieber

Sep 22, 1945 - Nov 28, 2011

Obituary

Given name Mary Katharine. Survived by her husband of 47 years, Ron, children, Kathie, Reb, Kerie and sons in law Erin and Don. Also survived by her sisters Stefania, and Sabrina, her brothers Joel and Ned, grandsons Kristian, Jayce and Carter and granddaughters Katie and Ashley.

She was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church for over 43 years and sang in their choir. She was also a Bethel Teacher graduate, Bible study leader. An accomplished violinist, she was the concert mistress of the Cosumnes River College Orchestra. She loved painting in oils, a skill at which she excelled. She never sold her paintings, but was always willing to give them away. She cofounded the family business, Spartan Home Loans, in 1975. She never knew a stranger because she loved people. But most important and best of all, she was a child of God and went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 28, 2011 at the age of 66.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 8701 Elk Grove Florin Rd., Elk Grove CA 95624. Donations will be used to establish a music scholarship in Kate’s honor.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624

Guestbook

  • Kathi Stotz says:

    I am heart sick at the news about Kate. Even though it has been many years since we’ve seen each other, she has been, as your family has, in my thoughts. I did email with her a few weeks ago and told her how much I loved her and the great memories I have of us doing the craziest things and having the best time doing them. The two Ron’s would golf and Kate and I would shop till we dropped. I loved her compassion, her sense of humor, how her eyes twinkled when she laughed, and most of all, her brutal honesty. In my recent email, I invited her and Ron to come visit us. Oh, how I wish they had. I will never forget her, neither will anyone who has ever met her. That was her way, leaving always a lasting impression. My love and hugs to each of you family members and especially Ron, who will be without the love of his life for awhile. I thank God for our friendship. Ron sends his love also.

  • Bob & Deb Walter says:

    Ron and Family, We both loved Kate so much. She was such an inspiration & comfort to everyone who met her. You knew you were in the presence of God when you heard her sing or looked into her beautiful laughing face. We will miss her as we’ve missed no other, she was so dear to us. God be with you, comfort you and bear you up during this terrible, difficult time. With our love and our prayers,

  • Sharlene Melhaff says:

    Kate will always be remembered for her loving giving self to both her family, friends and the community. Rest in peace Kate, God bless you. Take care Ron, Peace be with you. Sharlene Melhaff

  • Sharlene Melhaff says:

    Kate will always be remembered for her loving giving self to both her family, friends and the community. Rest in peace Kate, God bless you. Take care Ron, Peace be with you. Sharlene Melhaff

  • Joan Mason says:

    Kate you will be sorely missed by all who knew you. Thanks again for opening your home for our Thursday orchestra practice. I know your bubbly presence will be missed by all who knew you. My sympathy to Ron and all the family Joan Mason

  • Kim & Jerry Chandler says:

    Dear Kate – You are the reason Jerry and I became members at St Peters Luthern. When we came for our first visit, it was Easter, about 10 years ago, Then we came again and you were chanting the Folk Service. We were so moved by your beautiful voice, and your angelic presence that we came back a few times and then became members. I sat almost next to you (Shirley Bragget was between us) and enjoyed your leading the sopranos into those songs that were hard to sing. You really kept the choir entertained every week with your quick and spontaneous wit, always saying something nice to everyone and making us feel good when we were down. You were the most unselfish person I have ever know, always giving of yourself. I will miss singing with you. Love you always, Kim

  • Linda Hanson says:

    Dear Kate, You were the “wind beneath our wings” with your smiles and your kindness that always lifted our spirits. May you rejoice in our Lord and Savior and be at rest with eternal peace. Love and prayers to Ron, Kathie, Reb, Kerie and your family. Our deepest sympathy, Linda & Del Hanson

  • Sarah Jo Madison says:

    I am so saddened to learn of Kate’s passing. I knew Kate for 7 years while I was a member of the CRC Concert Orchestra. I will always remember Kate’s smile and her humor. She was indeed a very talented violinist and will be missed so much by all who knew her. May God’s Blessings be with your family during this time of transition. ~Sarah Jo Madison

  • donna salo says:

    My dear friend Kate life will never be the same without you. I will miss that smile , hugs, and that dry humor . I will look around the house and see things that you have shared with me over the years. Share your beautiful singing with the heavenley father . Love Donna and Lee

  • Barbara Christian says:

    I was so shocked to see Kate’s picture in the obituaries today. She was such a lovely, vibrant person whom I met while singing in the Chamber Singers at Cosumnes River College in the early 90’s. She had such an amazing, soprano voice and happy, sparkling eyes. If there could be a star, she certainly stood out. What a loss to our community, but I’m sure it is Heaven’s gain. Condolences to all of her family, her daughters and her husband. She will be sadly missed, but Heaven will be blessed by her amazing voice. God speed, Kate!

  • The Bill Crawford Family says:

    We are deeply sad to learn of Kate’s passing. She was such a giving lady. Always a wonderful smile at our greetings. Regrets that we didn’t see more of her. The Lord is now fortunate to have her. Sincerely, The Bill Crawford Family

  • Lisa (Gruner) Williams says:

    You have been such a great friend and an inspiration to me. Every time I visit St. Peters you are the first to welcome me and the only one to constantly tell me how beautiful my hair is. I will never forget you friend. May you have peace now with our Heavenly Father. Much Love….

  • Nancy Lewis says:

    We have lost a beautiful soul.She always was a friendly down to earth person,we are very lucky to have known her,her voice and the big welcome at church she gave everyone including me.Ron and family are hearts and thoughts are with you. Bob & Nancy Lewis

  • karen cornfield says:

    When I first started going to St.Peter’s and decided to join the choir, I was immediatley greated by Kate with a warm smile and friendly greeting. These last 6 years knowing Kate and her family has been such a pleasure. They are all a giving and supportive family who I admire greatly. Kate’s love will live on through them and all of our lives have been blessed because of her.

  • Dixie Smith says:

    I was Kate’s stand partner in the Cosumnes River Orchestra for many years until last Monday when her chair was empty during our rehersal. We will miss her in our concert on Dec. 12. She is SO missed. Several of us as string players have rehersed at her house every Thurday at 10:00 AM and then enjoyed one of Kate’s soups. She was generous,VERY talented and a good friend. I miss her a lot and give my love and prayers to her family. Dixie (fellow viollinest)

  • Cindy Larson says:

    I had the pleasure of having Kate as my mother-in-law for many years. My daughter Katie was named after “grandma Kate.” I am at a loss for words as I am still in disbelief. I am blessed to have had the honor of knowing her on the level I did. She and I had a special bond, which will never be broken. My heart goes out to her family and her church family. Kate, I will always remember when you told me many years ago “I’m looking forward to death.” She meant that her faith was so strong, she was not scared, but knew that when she met her maker, it would be wonderful. I know it was! Love yuu always, Cindy

  • Krystal Lopez says:

    What a wonderful, kind and loving presence Kate was. My condolences to her family. I only knew her as one of my customers when I was a grocery checker…but she is someone I will never forget. Just seeing her smiling face coming into the store could brighten my day. She once brought me a crystal angel…said it was for me because I was Krystal and an angel to her. Now I am sure she is an angel in heaven…watching over those she loved. I’m not surprised to read so many lovely memories of her in her guestbook. God’s speed to you Kate.

  • Monte and Kathy Posey says:

    Dear Bieber family…Monte and I were in NYC during Kate’s passing and just sitting down with todays paper and saw Kate’s obit. We are in shock. Both of us were enchanted with her bubbly personality and looking forward to getting to know her better after becoming members at St. Peter’s this summer. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this difficult time…Monte and Kathy Posey.

  • Carlene Soper-Hibdon says:

    Dear Ron and family, my heart hurts for your loss. She was and is an angel always watching over all of you. Her smile made all of us feel special. What a gift it has been and will always be, to have known and loved her. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

  • Kim Hunt says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Kate. My prayers go with the family during this hard time. I met Kate while attending St. Peter’s church choir and later worked for the Biebers at Red Shield. What a wonderful woman she was and I know that she is talking the angel’s ears off, as she loved to talk and befriend everyone. Love and Hugs to you all.

  • Tim, Carolyn, and DorothyJoan Bonanno says:

    After moving to Elk Grove, Tim and I began looking for a church to attend. At the suggestion of Deb Kenneweg, we attended services at St. Peters. One of the first services we attended was a second Sunday and Kate happened to be the cantor that morning. There was just something about her that made you take notice. And there was definitely something about the way she sang. Kate was one of the reasons that we decided to start attending St. Peters regularly, before becoming members.

  • Tim, Carolyn and DorothyJoan Bonanno says:

    Kate was such a generous, kind and outgoing person and we (Tim, DorothyJoan and I) will miss so many things about her. I will miss her sitting in her chair at choir, and I will miss her comments that kept us going during rehearsals. Tim will miss being called Timmy because aside from his mother, no one else has ever been able to get away with calling him that. We will miss hearing her cantor on second Sundays, and we will miss seeing her bling because no one could carry off bling like Kate. But most of all, we will just miss Kate. She was a truly special person.

  • Sharon Cummings says:

    My deepest thoughts are with the family at this time. Kate’s voice will always be heard and cherished. With Love, Sharon Cummings

  • Teri [Schultze] Kunz says:

    “I have so many fond memories of Kate, Ron and Kathy, Kerie & Reb as our families grew up next door to each other. Kate would always greet you with a big smile & kind words and even a hug! *Kate & Ron sang at our wedding 34 years ago [it was beautiful!]* Kate will have a special place in my heart forever!

  • Robert Achuff says:

    Kate had the special gift of making other people feel special. I know that she will be missed by her church family at St. Peters. I will be praying for you, Bieber family, in the days ahead.

  • Brittany C. Burris says:

    I cannot get over the shock! Kate had a permanent smile on her face, and every word she spoke was positive. She was always complimenting everyone, and she made the orchestra such a special and happy place to be. I will miss her very much. God bless her loved ones in this time.

  • Judy Boliver says:

    Kate made everyone feel special and welcomed. When we worked hosting for the picture directory, she greeted each person by name and always made them feel special. I will miss my other mom but I know she is where she wants to be; rounding up a choir of angels in heaven.

  • Judy Boliver says:

    Kate made everyone feel special. She never forgot a face and was the one in the choir with the smile that went all the way to her soul. She loved me like one her own and made me feel special. She truly believed that you should treat others how you would want to be treated. I will miss Kate but I know she is reorganizing the choir in heaven when she isn’t leading a Bethel class or locating Martin Luther. My prayers go to the whole Bieber clan.

  • edith guelzow says:

    DEAR Ron and family, It is heavens gain and our loss. Kate was a very giving and special lady with a beautiful voice. the first time we attended St.Peters Lutheran Church 17 years ago, Kate greeted us warmly and made us feel welcome. We have been members ever since. Singing along with Kate in the Choir was and is a real joy. We will miss Kate very much, there is no other Kate. In Christian Love, Carl and Edith Guelzow and family.

  • Sandy Vocke says:

    Thinking of you.Sincere condolences.

  • Cathy Aggergaard says:

    We were truly saddened to hear of the your loss. She was gift to all who knew and loved her. I have many good memories of working with her and your family. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Cathy Aggergaard and Steve Kent

  • Carol Jeske says:

    Dear Ron, Kathy, Reb & Keri, How wonderful was your mom, & wife. She always had a hug, smile, and understanding way of expressing her real knowledge of what we were talking about with her. Her openness of love for all was so special. Her beautiful love of music singing to the Lord was something that I will never forget. The Lord’s Prayer that she sang so often is one that I will never forget. Wow, what a wonderful person she was for all of us>

  • Mary McNulty says:

    Ron & Family. I just want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers over your loss. We will never forget the beautiful card and thoughts that Kate sent when our T.J. died. She was a classy lady and I for one feel that I am a better person for having known her. The McNulty Family

  • Dan McCallum says:

    Dear Ron and all the family-I was so sorry to see Kate’s notice. I had the pleasure to meet her at the office and talked with her many times. I always was made to feel like I was a good friend. Kate was a warm hearted person and I was luck to have met her. I am very sorry about the void you must feel when you lose someone of such great warmth and sincerety.

  • jeralynn strong says:

    Sending heartfelt love and best wishes to Kate’s family. What a beautiful voice and heart she had. My brother Jerret got to see her when he was visiting from Colorado, we were shocked to hear of her passing. Know you are in my families thoughts and prayers.

  • Steven Schenck says:

    Dear Ron and family my sincere condolences of your loss. I still remember how welcoming Kate was when I first met her at the office.

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