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Kathleen A. Weber, 49, a Baltimore city public schools kindergarten teacher, dies

Kathleen Weber
Kathleen Weber (Baltimore Sun)

Kathleen A. "Kath" Weber, a Baltimore public school kindergarten teacher who family members say never let illness keep her from the classroom, died Fridayof breast cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

She was 49.

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The daughter of Craig Cutter, corporate director of human resources for Maryland Treatment Centers, and Sue Cutter, an educator, Kathleen Ann Weber was born in Washington and raised in Bowie and Towson, where she graduated in 1983 from Towson High School.

Ms. Weber was working as an instructional assistant for city public schools when she was diagnosed in 1998 with the breast cancer that eventually claimed her life.

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While fighting the disease, Ms. Weber earned a bachelor's degree in 2005 from Towson University and, in 2014, earned a master's in education, also from Towson University.

"She only wanted to teach in Baltimore City and did not apply elsewhere," said her father. "She taught kindergarten at Fallstaff Elementary/Middle School from January 2006 through June 2015. During the last two years, it was necessary for her to use a walker."

Two co-workers, Pam Davis, Rodney Whetstone and Samantha Joseph helped Ms. Weber get in and out of her car and to her classroom every day, said Mr. Cutter.

After a day of teaching, Ms. Weber would travel to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center for chemotherapy treatments.

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"In early August, she told her home hospice social worker that she was still intent on returning to teaching in September," said Mr. Cutter.

The Towson resident was an avid Ravens fan. She also enjoyed traveling to Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean.

A memorial Mass for Ms. Weber will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 20 E. Ridgely Road, Timonium.

In addition to her parents, who reside in Ocean View, Del., she is survived by her son, Michael Keller of Towson; a brother, James Weber of Belair; a sister, Christine Ilgenfritz of Cochranville, Pa.; a niece; and a nephew.

— Frederick N. Rasmussen

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