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Kathleen Ann Warta
Kathleen Ann Warta, age 86, of Bishop, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 17, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Born on July 5, 1928 in West Virginia, she grew up in Southern California where she met and married Henry James â€śJimâ€ť Warta. Together they made their home in Mammoth Lakes, pioneering the first cable television system in the area. Through the years, they raised 10 beautiful children. In 1976, looking for a new adventure, they moved to Clovis where they grew oranges and nectarines, living the life of a farmer. Several years later they followed their love of the sea and moved to Santa Barbara.
After Jimâ€™s untimely death, Kathleen lived there for many years before returning to the beautiful Eastern Sierra.
Kathleen was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend with a strong faith in Jesus Christ. She was active in her church, often times taking communion to those who were unable to attend Mass. One of the original families of Mammoth, she and her husband raised God-loving children who grew up to appreciate the beauty of the mountains and love of family. In her later years, she enjoyed spending time at Keoughâ€™s Hot Springs exercising in natural mineral water. She loved having her family around her and was truly a matriarch.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, Henry James â€śJimâ€ť Warta; and son, Henry James â€śHankâ€ť Warta Jr.
She leaves behind a legacy of love and faith.
She is survived by many family members including her children, Christine Leverington of Reno, Coleen Archer of Forest Grove, Ore., Katie Kiddoo of Bishop, Mary Groom of Shasta, Theresa Otto of Bishop, Dan Warta of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Joe Warta of Bishop, Peggy Littrell of Clovis and Joan Smith of Fresno; and many sons and daughters-in-law. At the time of her death, she had 30 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
Kathleen will be honored with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21 at Brune Mortuary. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 849 Home St. in Bishop. Burial will follow at East Line Street Cemetery.