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Celebrating the life of
George J. Katula
Passed away on May 03, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm - Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Funeral Service
  • 11:00am - Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • St. James Catholic Church
  • 8412 Whitfield Ave (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-355-1523

This world is a bit dimmer with the bright unique light of George no longer with us. Always kind, funny, brilliant, real, and full of great stories and experiences. What a blessing to have known George, he will be missed. Donna, my prayers for comfort and peace to you and your family.

Sarah Dale, Cedar Rapids, IA

My condolences to the family, death is never an easy thing to bear but our God Jehovah has promised mankind a resurrection so we can see our love ones again the Bible hold out that hope in John 5:28,29 for more information go to our website at JW.Org again I am sorry for your loss.

Cooper, Savannah , Ga

Donna - I am so sorry to hear about George's passing. He was so kind, funny, and generous. He loved you dearly and that was clear to everyone. I wish you, Sarah, and Michael strength and peace through this incredibly difficult time.

Payal Shah, Seattle, Washington

Donna, I am very sad to hear of George's passing. I enjoyed working with him. He was a good man, kind hearted, and will be missed. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Dennis Crawshaw, Loveland, OH

Losing someone like George is such a horrible thing for the family that I can’t even imagine words that could express my feelings of sadness for them. But I do know that my every interaction with George, over the years from the Union Camp days in our early careers through my work at the mill with International Paper, were enjoyable and enlightening. We worked on hard problems together, challenged each other’s thinking, swapped stories, and complained about the mill and the world. I learned a lot from George, in no small part because he was data-driven, smart, articulate, and deeply experienced. He knew a lot about a lot. That includes paper making, but well beyond. Many, many are going to miss George. And as long as he is not forgotten, he will never be gone.

Bob Rockefeller, Midway, GA

Donna, Michael, and Sarah, George was a great colleague those years in Savannah. He loved his work but you were his life. He was a proud soccer Dad and devoted Husband. Can’t imagine what you are going through nor express sufficiently the sympathy for your loss.

Chris Adams, Savannah , Ga

Words cannot express the deep sadness felt upon hearing of George's passing. I was only fortunate enough to have known George for a little over three years, but what a tremendous impression he made on me. He frequently spoke of his family and it was obvious how much he loved them. Willing to lend a hand, to teach, to listen and always quick with a smile and hearty laugh. He is dearly missed.

Pat Wynne, Louisburg, KS

Mrs. Katula and family, Dawn and I are truly saddened by the loss of George. We will miss George dearly. He was a Great husband, dad, friend and Colleague. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Jamie/Dawn Eschenbach, Cincinnati, Ohio

George was an exceptional individual. He was one of the few I looked forward to seeing both during work and after hours. I will miss him. My prayers to his family. We lost a good man.

Gary Vosler, Canby, OR

Donna, I can't begin to tell you how much George meant to me. I relied on George for his strength, wisdom, and understanding. He was the best brother. He loved you, Sarah, and Mike so much. I'm just so sad he won't be there for his family in the coming years. We will all miss him.

Karen Katula, Randolph County, NC

I grew up with George on Hill St. He was my neighbor, we use to play together as a kids. The stories and good times we had. He will be missed. My heart goes out to his family and my prayers are with them.

Dave and Carolyn Anderson ( Podgurski), Ravenna , Ohio

I knew George my whole life since we grew up together as next door neighbors. Oh the stories I have from growing up on Hill Street. I had reconnected with George in recent years and met Donna and Sarah when we visited Savannah a few years ago. I was shocked and saddened to hear of George’s passing. He was so full of life and enjoyed others so much. Donna, Sarah and Michael, please know you, along with Karen and family, are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Mike and Julia Marino, Richland, Michigan

Donna , Sarah and Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you all . Love you all

Karen Graham, Pooler, Ga

Donna our prayers and thoughts are with you all. We are so blessed to have known George. May God be with you all as you grieve. Love in Christ to you all.

Steven and Robyn Kretschmar , Richmond Hill , Ga

Donna, Helen and I are both very sorry to hear of George's untimely passing. He was a good and kind man, and will be missed by all that knew him. Our thoughts are with you and your family, in this time of need. Helen and Stephen C. Beaty

Helen Beaty, Guyton, Georgia

Mrs. Katula, On behalf of the IP lab staff in Indianapolis, we are truly sorry for your lose. We will miss George dearly. We all loved working with him and hearing his stories. He was one of a kind.

Angie Ridgeway, Stacy Christensen, Mike Lindstedt, Cody Jones and Steven Currie, Indianapolis, IN

Mine and Luigi's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It had been some time since we've worked together and hung out, but the memories are still there and I feel blessed to have known him. Much love - Luigi and Donna Trapani

Donna Trapani, Savannah, GA

Mine and Luigi's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It had been some time since we've worked together and hung out, but the memories are still there and I feel blessed to have known him. Much love - Luigi and Donna Trapani

Donna Trapani, Savannah, GA

George and I lost touch 20 years ago when I left Union Camp/IP but I always remembered him as a capable engineer with a witty personality. Donna, I was terribly sorry to hear of his untimely passing and my thoughts are with you and the family.

Frank Espy, Port Townsend, WA

We offer our sincere sympathies in the passing of George - husband, dad, and good friend to those who came to know him. What a great human being - we are privileged that his work path touched ours. George was talented, sincere and a really good person. George was a unique individual - the world lost a good soul. Donna, our prayers are with you, your family and George’s friends. Love - Marie & Tim Kean

Marie Goulet & Tim Kean, Savannah, GA

To Donna and family - I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with George for many years and he was always a pleasure to be around. You are all in my prayers.

Patsy Aldridge, Prattville, AL

What do I say...he was a mentor, a friend, a book devourer, a chef, that guy with a sense of humor....... with his true soulmate. Many prayers, much love.

The Brinkers, Cantonment , Fl

I have gotten to know George pretty well over the last few years as a coworker, but over the last year I would say he has become a dear friend. Please know that your family will be in my prayers. When George spoke of his family it was always with a lot of love. It was a plesure knowing him and he will be dearly missed.

Patricia Edney, Newport , IN

Mrs. Katula - I had the pleasure of working with George a few times during my career. He was very kind, intelligent, and had a great sense of humor. He will be dearly missed. I am sorry for your loss, and please let us know if we can help in any way during this time.

Brandon Holder, Springfield, OR

I have known and worked with George for many years. He was a great guy.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rolando Lott, Quality Manager Vicksburg Mill

Rolando Lott, Vicksburg, MS

While I did not have the chance to meet George in person, I did have the opportunity recently to interact with him through IP channels. He was warm and genuine. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Melinda Garrick, MME Vicksburg Mill, Vicksburg, MS

Donna, I am praying for you and your family at the untimely passing of George. He was always a good friend to me. He will be sorely missed. Look to the Lord and he will strengthen you. - Anthony

Anthony Swindell, Melbourne, FL

Donna, My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this time. George was special to me. If I can do anything please let me know.

Jan Griner, Ellabell, Ga

George John Katula, 55, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 at his residence in Savannah, Georgia. He was born February 21, 1964 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late George and Emma Katula. George graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked at International Paper for the past 30 years, first in the Savannah Paper facility, then in Corporate Customer Technical Support.

He was passionate about cooking, was an avid reader, loved keeping up with the latest technology, and also loved traveling with his wife.

George is survived by his wife of 23 years, Donna D. Katula of Savannah, his son Michael Fleming (fiancee’, Haley Andrews) of Macon, Georgia, his daughter, Sarah Katula of Savannah (currently a student at Georgia Tech), his sister, Karen Katula (husband, Merrell Howard) of Greensboro, North Carolina, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2019 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am at St. James Catholic Church.

 

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GUEST BOOK

This world is a bit dimmer with the bright unique light of George no longer with us. Always kind, funny, brilliant, real, and full of great stories and experiences. What a blessing to have known George, he will be missed. Donna, my prayers for comfort and peace to you and your family.

Sarah Dale, Cedar Rapids, IA

My condolences to the family, death is never an easy thing to bear but our God Jehovah has promised mankind a resurrection so we can see our love ones again the Bible hold out that hope in John 5:28,29 for more information go to our website at JW.Org again I am sorry for your loss.

Cooper, Savannah , Ga

Candle tribute lit by Payal Shah — Washington

Donna - I am so sorry to hear about George's passing. He was so kind, funny, and generous. He loved you dearly and that was clear to everyone. I wish you, Sarah, and Michael strength and peace through this incredibly difficult time.

Payal Shah, Seattle, Washington

Donna, I am very sad to hear of George's passing. I enjoyed working with him. He was a good man, kind hearted, and will be missed. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Dennis Crawshaw, Loveland, OH

Losing someone like George is such a horrible thing for the family that I can’t even imagine words that could express my feelings of sadness for them. But I do know that my every interaction with George, over the years from the Union Camp days in our early careers through my work at the mill with International Paper, were enjoyable and enlightening. We worked on hard problems together, challenged each other’s thinking, swapped stories, and complained about the mill and the world. I learned a lot from George, in no small part because he was data-driven, smart, articulate, and deeply experienced. He knew a lot about a lot. That includes paper making, but well beyond. Many, many are going to miss George. And as long as he is not forgotten, he will never be gone.

Bob Rockefeller, Midway, GA

Candle tribute lit by Kelly and Alex Hunt — Georgia

Donna, Michael, and Sarah, George was a great colleague those years in Savannah. He loved his work but you were his life. He was a proud soccer Dad and devoted Husband. Can’t imagine what you are going through nor express sufficiently the sympathy for your loss.

Chris Adams, Savannah , Ga

Words cannot express the deep sadness felt upon hearing of George's passing. I was only fortunate enough to have known George for a little over three years, but what a tremendous impression he made on me. He frequently spoke of his family and it was obvious how much he loved them. Willing to lend a hand, to teach, to listen and always quick with a smile and hearty laugh. He is dearly missed.

Pat Wynne, Louisburg, KS

Mrs. Katula and family, Dawn and I are truly saddened by the loss of George. We will miss George dearly. He was a Great husband, dad, friend and Colleague. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Jamie/Dawn Eschenbach, Cincinnati, Ohio

George was an exceptional individual. He was one of the few I looked forward to seeing both during work and after hours. I will miss him. My prayers to his family. We lost a good man.

Gary Vosler, Canby, OR

Donna, I can't begin to tell you how much George meant to me. I relied on George for his strength, wisdom, and understanding. He was the best brother. He loved you, Sarah, and Mike so much. I'm just so sad he won't be there for his family in the coming years. We will all miss him.

Karen Katula, Randolph County, NC

I grew up with George on Hill St. He was my neighbor, we use to play together as a kids. The stories and good times we had. He will be missed. My heart goes out to his family and my prayers are with them.

Dave and Carolyn Anderson ( Podgurski), Ravenna , Ohio

I knew George my whole life since we grew up together as next door neighbors. Oh the stories I have from growing up on Hill Street. I had reconnected with George in recent years and met Donna and Sarah when we visited Savannah a few years ago. I was shocked and saddened to hear of George’s passing. He was so full of life and enjoyed others so much. Donna, Sarah and Michael, please know you, along with Karen and family, are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Mike and Julia Marino, Richland, Michigan

Donna , Sarah and Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you all . Love you all

Karen Graham, Pooler, Ga

Donna our prayers and thoughts are with you all. We are so blessed to have known George. May God be with you all as you grieve. Love in Christ to you all.

Steven and Robyn Kretschmar , Richmond Hill , Ga

Donna, Helen and I are both very sorry to hear of George's untimely passing. He was a good and kind man, and will be missed by all that knew him. Our thoughts are with you and your family, in this time of need. Helen and Stephen C. Beaty

Helen Beaty, Guyton, Georgia

Mrs. Katula, On behalf of the IP lab staff in Indianapolis, we are truly sorry for your lose. We will miss George dearly. We all loved working with him and hearing his stories. He was one of a kind.

Angie Ridgeway, Stacy Christensen, Mike Lindstedt, Cody Jones and Steven Currie, Indianapolis, IN

Mine and Luigi's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It had been some time since we've worked together and hung out, but the memories are still there and I feel blessed to have known him. Much love - Luigi and Donna Trapani

Donna Trapani, Savannah, GA

Mine and Luigi's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It had been some time since we've worked together and hung out, but the memories are still there and I feel blessed to have known him. Much love - Luigi and Donna Trapani

Donna Trapani, Savannah, GA

George and I lost touch 20 years ago when I left Union Camp/IP but I always remembered him as a capable engineer with a witty personality. Donna, I was terribly sorry to hear of his untimely passing and my thoughts are with you and the family.

Frank Espy, Port Townsend, WA

Candle tribute lit by Frank Espy — Washington

We offer our sincere sympathies in the passing of George - husband, dad, and good friend to those who came to know him. What a great human being - we are privileged that his work path touched ours. George was talented, sincere and a really good person. George was a unique individual - the world lost a good soul. Donna, our prayers are with you, your family and George’s friends. Love - Marie & Tim Kean

Marie Goulet & Tim Kean, Savannah, GA

To Donna and family - I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with George for many years and he was always a pleasure to be around. You are all in my prayers.

Patsy Aldridge, Prattville, AL

Candle tribute lit by The Brinkers — Florida

What do I say...he was a mentor, a friend, a book devourer, a chef, that guy with a sense of humor....... with his true soulmate. Many prayers, much love.

The Brinkers, Cantonment , Fl

I have gotten to know George pretty well over the last few years as a coworker, but over the last year I would say he has become a dear friend. Please know that your family will be in my prayers. When George spoke of his family it was always with a lot of love. It was a plesure knowing him and he will be dearly missed.

Patricia Edney, Newport , IN

Candle tribute lit by Kelly & Alex Hunt — Georgia

Mrs. Katula - I had the pleasure of working with George a few times during my career. He was very kind, intelligent, and had a great sense of humor. He will be dearly missed. I am sorry for your loss, and please let us know if we can help in any way during this time.

Brandon Holder, Springfield, OR

I have known and worked with George for many years. He was a great guy.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rolando Lott, Quality Manager Vicksburg Mill

Rolando Lott, Vicksburg, MS

While I did not have the chance to meet George in person, I did have the opportunity recently to interact with him through IP channels. He was warm and genuine. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Melinda Garrick, MME Vicksburg Mill, Vicksburg, MS

Donna, I am praying for you and your family at the untimely passing of George. He was always a good friend to me. He will be sorely missed. Look to the Lord and he will strengthen you. - Anthony

Anthony Swindell, Melbourne, FL

Donna, My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this time. George was special to me. If I can do anything please let me know.

Jan Griner, Ellabell, Ga


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