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Celebrating the life of
Kathy Speno
Passed away on January 11, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Celebration of Life
  • 3:00pm to 6:00pm - Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Plantation Club
  • 1 Cottonwood Lane (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31411

  • 912-598-3525

So sorry to see this . I just happened to read my brothers alumni news. So sorry. She was always a pistol. I remember when Betsy and she traded classes at Canton. Tried to fool the professors. So sorry

Jaleen Rogers, Oswego, Ny

I am so very sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. I was lucky to have played basketball with Kathy at St. Lawrence. I was even more fortunate to have found a wonderful teammate\coach but an even more dear friend.

Kathi Sieminski, Westport, MA

I am so sorry for your loss. Kathy was a wonderful person and will be missed by all.

Lesia Paulk, Statesboro, GA

Gracie and I are saddened by the loss of Kathy. Gracie speaks of her often and remembers how wonderful she was to har last year. May she rest in eternal peace. Cat and Gracie

Catherine Deciantis, West Warwick, RI

I too was born in Ithaca..April,1956.. Grandmother`s (my fathers Mom) maidin name...Helen Speno...many cousins with last name Speno... Speno International Inc. helped build and maintain BART in S.F. Calif. and railroads round the globe.. Sad to learn of another exceptional Speno leaving this world too soon..

Harold R. LaBonte III, Lakeport, Calif.

Our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Speno family. May fond memories provide solace for your loss during these most difficult times. God keeps those who have fallen asleep in death in His memory because they are precious in his eyes “Psalm 147:3” and “John 5:28,29”

Sheila, Lawrenceville ,

Deeply saddened. The best athlete I'v ever known. You are missed.

Derek Edwards, Lexington, GA

May your loving memories bring you peace and comfort. Thinking of you all as you celebrate Kathy's remarkable life. With prayers and sympathy, Donna Winters and the entire Winters Family

Donna Winters, Clermont, Fl

Kathy touched the lives of many, and I know she will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. My condolences go out to her mother, Shirley, and to all of Kathy's dear siblings. "And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing."- 1 Corinthians 15:26

B.B, , Ga

Sorry to hear of Kathy passing.I always appreciated her passion for fitness training and cycling. She helped me to recover after a bicycle accident by recommending some exercises to aid recovery. Enjoyed reading about her experiences with life in the obituary. ??Prayers for friends and family

Ian and Kathi Taggart , Savannah , Ga

Extending deepest sympathies to the entire Speno family. I hold many fond memories of good times with Kathy at George Jr and Dryden High that will remain with me. So sorry for your loss - may she rest in peace.

John Cap, Morris Plains, NJ

Kathy was always asking about me before talking about herself. I am sorry that I will not be in Georgia at the time of her Celebration Of Life.

Jimmy, Savannah, GA

We are so very sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. We are sending our sincerest condolences from the DeCiantis family in RI.

Michelle (DeCiantis) Collette, Coventry , RI

Deepest condolences to you all

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Kathy and I are good best friends, she was always encouraging we both were, she was a teacher and a life partner, for me and many, God knows and gives she is an angel, and is with the others, and that great smile, I'll always have in my heart, till we meet again..

Tommy Horne, Savannah , Ga

Everyone I’ve met in the Speno family always showed a genuine spirit about them. Betsy and Jimmy I Love you both. Kathy was an untamable Mustang that could be intense I liked this about her.

Craig Rotureau , Pooler , Ga

Reading all of these beautiful condolences reminds me of what an impact Kathy had on so many lives. She was so motivational and inspirational to our community of athletes. Before the Trybee Triathlon one year she came out at dawn and had a stretching & race prep session with us at 6:00 am. She was so dedicated and caring. There is a hole in our hearts and in the community of athletes she supported. Brett & I want to express our heartfelt sympathies to her family. We were proud to call her friend and will never forget her bright disposition and contagious laughter. Much love to all who grieve this tremendous loss.

Kathleen O’Sullivan & Brett Woodcock, Savannah, GA

Our deepest Condolences to you Marianne and all your family and friends in the loss of your sister. Much Love, Char and Jo-Ann and family

Char and Jo and family, Eadt Garafraxa, On. Canada ,

I will miss my soul mate ??

Fran LaMuraglia, Savannah , Ga

Christa and I would like to give Bill and you, and the entire Speno family, our deepest sympathies. May the love of your friends give you comfort.

Dick Scheanwald, Brighton, Mi

My condolences go out to the Speno family. As many posting here my life was touched by Kathy. I played high school basketball with her. Although a few years older then me she was always gracious, kind and I’ll never forget her beeming smile. Rest In Peace

Pam Dunn, St Petersburg , FL

So sorry for your loss. Lions Class of ‘81

Steven Bowman, Delmar , NY

Sorry to hear, Kathy was a kind person and the world needs kind people.

Ben Whittaker, Mississauga, on

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Kathy . My prayers go out to all.

Jeff Capalongo , Freeville , Ny

Dear Shirley, Marianne, Linda, Betsy, Frank, and Lee, Sending you all , and your extended families, my heartfelt condolences. My memories of Kathy are beautiful. It’s rare to find a person with the athleticism and compassion that Kathy so eloquently demonstrated. She impacted the lives of many, 4 leggeds included. Keeping you all in my prayers as I hold Kathy in my heart. Blessings of love to the whole family, Denise Hamilton-Hatch

Denise Hamilton hatch, Dryden, NY

I am saddened by the loss of a friend who always had a smile that filled a room....A light that guides your soul.... A hug that healed your wounds..... And the love that lifts your spirt. I am truly blessed to have had Kathy as a friend. Thank you Shirley for sharing your daughter with us all. I hold all of you in my prayers. 630 Rocks. I love you all.

Glenn Levicki and Dennis L Miller, ,

My heart goes out to the entire Speno family, Marrianne, Linda, Betsy, Frank, Lee. and Mrs. Speno. The Morse family has great fond memories of Kathy that will never be forgotten. RIP Kathy!

Carl Morse, Newfield, , Y

Our hearts are crying. We love you Kathy, oh free beautiful spirit Kathy! We will always love you and keep you in our heart, forever.

Tamie & Philip Peters, Savannah , Ga

We are so deeply saddened to hear of this incredible loss. Kathy was one of the kindest and most generous people we had ever met. She will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to the family.

Larkin and Ryan Eskew, Savannah, GA

So sad to hear this news. I have fond memories of Kathy and Betsy on the Dryden HS swim team. Kathy's athletic ability and dedication to our team made her a great mentor for us underclassmen. Her smile and eagerness to help us be better was something I will always remember. My heart goes out to the Speno family, my sincere condolences.

Donna Rotunda Connor, Saratoga Springs, NY

Our hearts are broken at the news of Kathy’s passing, and our sincere condolences go to Betsy, Shirley and the entire Speno family. Kathy was a joy to know and work with. She enriched our lives not only by helping us heal physically, but also with her friendship. We will forever remember her bold spirit and that beautiful smile.

Kim & Joe Hammons, Scottsdale , AZ

Kathy was a very special person, warm kind and fun. We will always keep her in our hearts. Having Kathy as a neighbor was awesome..

Patrice & Ernie Lewis , Marietta , Ga

When Kathy broke her arm in elem school I would run be hide her push her lightly and run for the monkey bars as she couldn't climb with a broken arm boy when that cast came off I was the one doing the running also there was a time when I went to her house at George Jr and we went to the room where her mom had an exercise bike Kathy got on then me wasn't funny when Kathy had put it on full speed but it was funny Kathy Betsy and I cried it was so funny. There was a time when we rode horses and Kathy gave me a little horse as I was never on a horse before I thought ah look a little horse cant jump to little well when Kathy's big horse took off and jumped the little one was right be hide her horse I don't think I ever got on a horse there again. also Kathy made me a cane out of wood She put my name on it and yes I still have it I love and miss you Kathy Till we meet again

Dori llington, Horseheads, NY

Kathy brightened the lives of all who knew her. She was a wonderful trainer and a kind and gentle soul. When I think of her, I think of her kindness and sensitivity, her love of dogs and her wonderful sense of humor. She loved deeply and we felt the sincerity of her heart. She made Savannah a brighter place. Kathy, you were loved, and you will be sorely missed. Our family joins with her family and loved ones in mourning her sudden loss, but we celebrate her life and legacy that she shared with each of us.

Sharon and Ryan Schneider, Savannah , Georgia

Kathy was one of the Greats. A Great friend, a Great trainer, but especially a Very Great person. I’m SO saddened by her death.

Gail Malcolm, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Very sorry to hear the news of Kathy's passing.Although we weren't really close in high school I remember catching up with her after college when she worked at The Fitness Force in NJ and saw all those same wonderful character traits as the people who knew her so well. My thoughts and prayers are with the Speno family.

Bob Schug and family, E. Syracuse, NY

To the Speno family— especially Betsy and Shirley— my heart aches for all of you and all of us who knew and loved Kathy. She will be remembered. So sorry for your loss.

Elizabeth Norman, Pembroke, Georgia

My condolences to the Speno family.

James Terwilliger, NewBern, NC

My deepest condolences to the Speno family for the loss of such a brilliant,beautiful and magnificent daughter,sister and friend...may God embrace your family with love during this very difficult time....

Finnie0994@aol.com, Boston, MA

I have a lot of special memories of swimming with the Speno twins. They worked hard and always made it fun. Kathy was always the anchor for our relay team and was the one who got us psyched up and made sure we knew we could compete and beat much more experienced teams. With clear, direct, kind words she would get to where you wanted to be. My condolences to the entire Speno family.

Amy Bonn, Plattsburgh, NY

My condolences to the Speno family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Kathy was a beautiful person and always had a smile on her face.I enjoyed my high school days with her and Betsy, we had some great times. My thoughts and prayers are with you Betsy and your family ??

Sheila McNamara Howell, Palm Bay , Fl

I often think about Kathy when I remember all the great high school swim team memories. My thoughts and prayers to the entire Speno family. Love to all!

Cathy Williamson Lee ("Turtle"), Dryden, NY

Those of us who grew up together always share a special bond. Cathy was an amazing woman. So so sorry

Kim Donnelly-Schenck, Dryden, NY

To the Speno family, I have been informed of your lost by John SHEFFIELD. I was an exchange student from France in 12th grade in Dryden High, together with Betsy and Kathy and graduated with them in 1981. I wish to share my thoughts with you in this particularly terrible moment. I have great memories of this year I shared with Kathy, a bright young lady and from home in France today, I want to assure you that my prayers are with you and your family. With my best and sad regards, Caty

Caty Leparmentier , Bordeaux , France

Shirley & Family I am so heart broken 9ver your lost of Kathy she was one of the kindest caring person. Loved everybody. Will be miss by all.

David Glisson, Savannah , Georgia

I am so heart broken to hear of Kathy's passing. The Earth has lost a wonderful soul, the Heavens have gained a beautiful angel. Very fond memories of playing sports with Kathy at Dryden High School. One of my favorite memories was going to the Speno's home before a basketball game and eating ice cream sandwiched between waffles with lots of maple syrup! Rest in the Arms of Our Lord...

Linda Horton Bates, Greene, NY

Deepest sympathy to the entire family.

David Telford , Lake Wylie, South Carolina

Kathy has been an integral part of our physical fitness program and Thursday morning circle of friends for 10 years. We are heartbroken that she will no longer be with us in body, but her spirit will never leave us. She was a wonderful, giving, loving person who has touched and lifted the lives of so many. May she now have eternal peace and may her family and loved ones find comfort and strength during this difficult time.

Malcolm and Julia Butler, Savannah, Georgia

Our family is so very sorry to hear of Kathy's loss. She was such an encouraging coach for our girls, and her enthusiastic spirit was contagious. She will be missed by so many in the Savannah fitness community. We send prayers for healing and comfort for her loved ones.

Robin Horan, Fayetteville, AR

I was friends with Kathy at St Lawrence University and remember her beautiful smile and wonderful spirit. We were both athletes and personal trainers and connected over that on social media over the past many years. I am so saddened to hear of her death and am sending love and prayers to all who loved her. all my best, Martha Prakelt

Martha Prakelt, BROOKLYN, NY

My thoughts are with Kathy’s family. So many memories from our basketball years at Dryden High. She was always an inspiration.

Angela Davis, Keene, NY

So sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with her family. God Bless. Teresa

Teresa (Hopkins) Burch, Groton, NY

I'm so sorry for your loss. Most of my memories growing up had Kathy involved ~ helping me, being on the team (pick a sport!), and a fun partner in crime, as they say. I'll always remember her as a genuinely kind and good person. My warmest thoughts go out to you all.

Jean (Everett) Gerow, Newfield, NY

Shirley & family. Words can’t.express the deep sorrow i am feeling for you & your family. The many years you & I worked out with Kathy at her fitness centers from Sandfly until I moved to Texas were an experience I shared many times in my dealings with Parkinson’s. My prayers are for you st this very difficult & sad time.

Ann Blum, Denton , Tx

I’m very saddened. Our families as so many others had grown up together. I’ll never forget and often think about our fun times. Swim team with Kathy, and many other sporting times were always the highlight of my memories. You will be missed my friend but never forgotten. Love and prayers Speno family..

Kim Clark, , NY

I have so many great memories of playing basketball at St. Lawrence with Kathy. She was a dedicated athlete and she excelled on our team! She was a fun teammate who always had time to laugh and enjoy practice! My condolences to the entire family.

Leea George, Camillus, NY

My heart goes out to Frank, Betsy and the whole Speno clan. I have fond memories of being on the swim team with Kathy. She was an amazing athlete and a good role model for the underclass men. I hope the family finds peace in knowing there are so many people with happy and fond memories of her. Rest In Peace, Kathy.

Allison Telford Fedigan, Hopewell Jct, NY

I am so saddened to hear of Kathy's passing. She was my upper classman at Dryden high school and she was incredibly funny and good to me as I went through high school. She was a force to be reckoned with on and off the basketball court and I will alway's remember her smile. Sensitive people often are scarred deeply in this life. She alway's listened and was a beautiful soul and role model. Her loss will not go unnoticed. This world was a much much better place with her in it. Thank you Kathy, for making an indelible impression in my life. Rest in God's arms.

Marion Cardwell, Lansing, NY

My heart is breaking for the loss of such a special friend. I have so many happy memories off our time in High school. She will be dearly missed. My love, thoughts and prayers go out to the Speno family. Betsy I'm sending you an extra big hug! Always remember how much she Loved you all. Rest in peace my dear friend!

Caroline Kiley VanDeusen, Frederick , Md

Sending love and prayers to Kathy’s entire family. Such a tragic loss. Whenever I thought of my friendship with Kathy from high school it would bring a huge smile to my face. She definitely was a very special person in my life. Rest In Peace dear friend you will be truly missed.

Reenie Down Cochran, Naperville , Il

My thoughts and prayer go out to the entire family. Kathy, may you Rest in Peace in our savior's loving arms.

Nancy Doll Haner, Candor, ny

My heart aches to hear that Kathy is gone. I have so many happy memories of our time together in high school, good times and laughter. But most of all, a true and loyal friend. Thinking of you all, you're in my prayers and on my heart. Love you so much Bets, Cherie Newbury Michalko

Cherie Newbury Michalko, Leland, NC

I am so deeply sorry to hear about Kathy! We had lot of good times at Dryden High playing Basketball and hanging out! Big hugs and condolences to all. Love Tina

Tina Kinsman Doll, Dryden, Ny

To the Speno family, my heartfelt sympathies come to you. I hadn't seen Kathy in years, but lived next to her while we lived in NJ. Please accept my condolences...prayers and love to you all.

Susan Mills, Colorado Springs, CO

Dearest family, My heart goes out to you all. Kathy was a wonderful woman. May you all find peace with each other and know we are all praying for your strength. God bless

Tracey Nichol Austin, ,

So sorry to hear of the loss of Kathy my thoughts and hugs go out to her family. We went to high school together and played many sports she was always inspirational and had a smile on her face she will be deeply missed

Sheila Supley, Ft Collins, CO

My love, thoughts and prayers go out to the Speno family. I have very fond memories of Kathy and our years at Dryden High. May you rest in peace, Kathy.

Cathy McNally Bennett, Lake Worth, FL

Dear Shirley...I send prayers to you and your family at this very difficult time. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Kathy. Blessings.........Sharon

Sharon Bury, Savannah,

So sorry for your loss, I didn’t know Kathy but I’m friends with Lee and my siblings were around Kathy’s age. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Xoxo. Missy Tiddick Park

Tiddick family from Dryden NY, ,

I am so sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. We were friends in high school. She was a beautiful and talented soul. I was not surprised that she opened a gym. She excelled at every sport she played. I know she will be deeply missed by her family, friends and the community. RIP beautiful lady. An old friend.... Kelly

Kelly Millard, Fitchburg, MA

I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Kathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Lorrie Horton Harris, Harford, NY

Sending prayers and hugs.There is never enough words to say to you for your loss. I have not talked to Kathy in about 5 years, or texted in the past year. My memories from school and my conversation will always be remembered. My heart reaches out to you all. Extra big hug to you Betsy. Have to share one memory I have of Betsy and Kathy. Us girls wanted to go see the boys practice football. They were down to the Elementary school and we didn’t have a car. No problem because Kathy knew where Mr. Coppers car keys were. Lol Thanks for the use of your car Mr. Copper.

Natalie Doscher Parker, Marathon, NY

I was saddened to hear of Kathy's passing. She and Betsy were friends of my sister Kathy way back in school and would often come over to the house. She was always very kind to me. My condolences to the family.

Lisa Finnerty , Freeville, NY

To all the Spenos and those Kathy was close to; our hearts are with you all. All those she touched-and there are many-will carry on her legacy. God bless you. Lee and Krista Stuttle

Stuttle, Dryden,

We are so sorry and deeply saddened for the loss of such a beautiful, amazing soul. Kathy was a role model and an inspiration for Bailee as she worked to overcome a knee surgery. Most of all, Kathy gave her the confidence she needed to get back on the soccer field. I can never put into words what Kathy meant to our family and how much she impacted my teenage athlete. Kathy always wanted to celebrate Bailee’s success and when we knew there would be time in the off season, Bailee was determined to train with Kathy. We never had the privilege of meeting her family, but she always spoke lovingly and proudly of you all. I can’t imagine the incredible loss you all are feeling; we’ve known Kathy for only a couple of years, yet we mourn for the loss of a wonderful friend, mentor, and coach. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come. Kathy will be greatly missed and her impact will never be forgotten.

Nicole and Bailee Hildebrandt , Rincon, GA

I am so deeply sorry for your loss, Speno family. I am in shock and hope to be able to attend the Celebration of Life with my sister. May your memories and love hold you close during this difficult time. My deepest condolences and prayers to all of you.

Colleen McNally Axtell, Boynton Beach, Fl

It is with great sorrow I write these words. Kathy was a tremendous human being and in my eyes was such a caring and loving individual. A beautiful woman and gentle soul. I pray for her, her family, and all of us who were graced with knowing her. With Love, John "JD" Sheffield

John Sheffield, Oswego, NY

Safe home Kathy. You are a beautiful caring soul. Our sincere condolences to all of her family and friends. Peace be with you all. Martha and Roy Swindelle

martha swindelle, savannah, GA

Words cannot express the shock and sadness we feel for the Speno family. The memories we have of all our children growing up together will be cherished forever. Our heartfelt condolences to all of you. May God Bless you today, and every day.

The Motsay family, Freeville, NY

Our condolences to Kathy’s loving family and many, many friends. She was an extremely talented individual and helped many of us through difficulties of our own even while she was In pain. She was a gentle soul and we will miss her deeply.

The Wingers, Savannah , Ga

My heart is heavy to hear of Kathy's passing. She had just become a close friend and was very dear to my heart. I pray God's comfort to her loved ones and family.

Angela Lane, Savannah, Georgia

Words cannot express the sympathy I am feeling for the family and close friends. Kathy was such special person with a heart of gold. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to have worked out with her and been her friend for the last 4+ years. She is now at peace.

Marie Booker, Savannah, GA

Shirley, Lou and I send our sincerest sympathy and deepest condolences...we will have your family in our prayers.

Gerry and Lou Molella, SAVANNAH, GA

I am incredibly and deeply sorry to hear about Kathy. She is so loved by so many people including me. I've only been with her for 5 months but to know Kathy is to love her. I hope her family and loved ones will be able to feel, sense and know she will always be there for you, still, just in a different way. With all of my heart and love.

Tracy Lee Walsh, Savannah, GA

Kathleen Ann Speno ("Kathy") passed away unexpectedly on January 11th 2019, in Savannah Georgia.

Kathleen was born on April 11, 1962 in Ithaca, New York to Shirley Urquhart Speno and the late Frank C. Speno. In 1982 she entered college at St. Regis College in Denver, Colorado where she was on the basketball team. After freshman year, she transferred to St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. She continued to excel in basketball at St. Lawrence through her graduation in 1986. In 2017, she received a coveted award from St. Lawrence when inducted into their Hall of Fame, a tribute to her excellence and leadership in basketball. As the top scorer, she led the St. Lawrence team to its first ever NCAA appearance. After graduation, she continued her passion for basketball, coaching at St. Lawrence, Central Connecticut University and Princeton University.

Moving to Savannah after Princeton, she began a career as a personal trainer, opening the Speno Personal Fitness Center. Several time she was selected by the readers of the Savannah Morning News as one of the top fitness trainers in Savannah. She was a certified ISSA/AFPA trainer, a Post-Rehabilitation Specialist working with high school and college athletes and offered instruction through the Functional Mobility System, a nationally recognized exercise program for all ages and athletic abilities. She loved cycling and competed in the women’s division of the Tour de France cycling competition.

To Kathy, everyone was an athlete. This is part of the human dynamic. And it is this simple concept that has propelled Kathy to devote her life to helping others achieve overall health, wellness and improved quality of life. When she brought this credo to her career as a fitness professional and trainer, Kathy always stayed on the cutting edge of fitness techniques and approaches. She studied with Dr. Carlos Santana of Optimum Performance Systems and with her friend and mentor, Diane Vives in Austin, Texas. In 2018 Kathy attended the once a year Athletes Performance Professional Fitness Mentorship, Training and Education Program. This program is only open to ten (10) professionals, for a one week intensive, hands on experience in Tempe, AZ, where strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists and personal trainers undergo the same training and programming elite athletes use. Her fitness clientele include young men and women, professional athletes, and many older people who seek help with fitness and wellness, and even their golf games!!

Her generosity to others, willingness to take on homeless animals, personal relationships all bespoke a person genuinely helping and guiding others to be as good as they could be. Stories abound from people who trained with her, attesting to her personal involvement with each and designing the workouts best suited to maximize the abilities and goals of each.

Kathy was predeceased by her Father, Frank C. Speno, Uncles Kenneth Urquhart, Dr. Anthony Speno and Victor Powell, Aunt Ann Landwehr, her infant Brother Daniel P. Speno, her Maternal Grandparents Esther and Donald Urquhart, and Paternal Grandparents, Dr. Leo and Isabelle Speno. Kathy is survived by her Mother, Shirley Urquhart Speno of Savannah, GA, Sisters Marianne McCreary (William), Linda Schwann (Thomas), Elizabeth Weathers (James), Lee Speno, and her Brother, Frank D. Speno (Krista). She is also survived by Aunts Esther Urquhart Powell, Mariam Brown, Carol S. Trader, Sandra Speno, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

To Honor the Loving Heart and Spirit of Kathy Speno, a memorial fund has been established to sponsor the care and training of a Service or Therapy Dog .  Kathy had a passion for helping animals and people.   She often adopted animals in need of care and a loving home and her lifes work was dedicated to improving the health and wellness of her clients.  We appreciate your support of Kathleen Speno’s Memorial Fund, in her loving memory, thank you.   Donations may be made to the Kathleen Speno Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank branch, or mailed to Shirley Speno, 8 Planters Lane, Savannah, GA 31411.

A Celebration of life will be held at The Plantation Club at the Landings on Skidaway Island from 3 – 6 p.m. on February 16th 2019.

 

 

 

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So sorry to see this . I just happened to read my brothers alumni news. So sorry. She was always a pistol. I remember when Betsy and she traded classes at Canton. Tried to fool the professors. So sorry

Jaleen Rogers, Oswego, Ny

Candle tribute lit by Kathy Jones — Georgia

I am so very sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. I was lucky to have played basketball with Kathy at St. Lawrence. I was even more fortunate to have found a wonderful teammate\coach but an even more dear friend.

Kathi Sieminski, Westport, MA

I am so sorry for your loss. Kathy was a wonderful person and will be missed by all.

Lesia Paulk, Statesboro, GA

Candle tribute lit by Lesia Paulk — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Cynthia Sharpley — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Catherine Deciantis — Rhode Island

Gracie and I are saddened by the loss of Kathy. Gracie speaks of her often and remembers how wonderful she was to har last year. May she rest in eternal peace. Cat and Gracie

Catherine Deciantis, West Warwick, RI

I too was born in Ithaca..April,1956.. Grandmother`s (my fathers Mom) maidin name...Helen Speno...many cousins with last name Speno... Speno International Inc. helped build and maintain BART in S.F. Calif. and railroads round the globe.. Sad to learn of another exceptional Speno leaving this world too soon..

Harold R. LaBonte III, Lakeport, Calif.

Our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Speno family. May fond memories provide solace for your loss during these most difficult times. God keeps those who have fallen asleep in death in His memory because they are precious in his eyes “Psalm 147:3” and “John 5:28,29”

Sheila, Lawrenceville ,

Deeply saddened. The best athlete I'v ever known. You are missed.

Derek Edwards, Lexington, GA

May your loving memories bring you peace and comfort. Thinking of you all as you celebrate Kathy's remarkable life. With prayers and sympathy, Donna Winters and the entire Winters Family

Donna Winters, Clermont, Fl

Candle tribute lit by Donna Winters — Florida

Candle tribute lit by John & Partners Family — Michigan

Kathy touched the lives of many, and I know she will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. My condolences go out to her mother, Shirley, and to all of Kathy's dear siblings. "And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing."- 1 Corinthians 15:26

B.B, , Ga

Sorry to hear of Kathy passing.I always appreciated her passion for fitness training and cycling. She helped me to recover after a bicycle accident by recommending some exercises to aid recovery. Enjoyed reading about her experiences with life in the obituary. ??Prayers for friends and family

Ian and Kathi Taggart , Savannah , Ga

Candle tribute lit by Diane Herrin — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Craig Barrett — New York

Extending deepest sympathies to the entire Speno family. I hold many fond memories of good times with Kathy at George Jr and Dryden High that will remain with me. So sorry for your loss - may she rest in peace.

John Cap, Morris Plains, NJ

Kathy was always asking about me before talking about herself. I am sorry that I will not be in Georgia at the time of her Celebration Of Life.

Jimmy, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Innes James — Georgia

We are so very sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. We are sending our sincerest condolences from the DeCiantis family in RI.

Michelle (DeCiantis) Collette, Coventry , RI

Deepest condolences to you all

, ,

Kathy and I are good best friends, she was always encouraging we both were, she was a teacher and a life partner, for me and many, God knows and gives she is an angel, and is with the others, and that great smile, I'll always have in my heart, till we meet again..

Tommy Horne, Savannah , Ga

Candle tribute lit by Lesha Lanier England — Georgia

Everyone I’ve met in the Speno family always showed a genuine spirit about them. Betsy and Jimmy I Love you both. Kathy was an untamable Mustang that could be intense I liked this about her.

Craig Rotureau , Pooler , Ga

Reading all of these beautiful condolences reminds me of what an impact Kathy had on so many lives. She was so motivational and inspirational to our community of athletes. Before the Trybee Triathlon one year she came out at dawn and had a stretching & race prep session with us at 6:00 am. She was so dedicated and caring. There is a hole in our hearts and in the community of athletes she supported. Brett & I want to express our heartfelt sympathies to her family. We were proud to call her friend and will never forget her bright disposition and contagious laughter. Much love to all who grieve this tremendous loss.

Kathleen O’Sullivan & Brett Woodcock, Savannah, GA

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Our deepest Condolences to you Marianne and all your family and friends in the loss of your sister. Much Love, Char and Jo-Ann and family

Char and Jo and family, Eadt Garafraxa, On. Canada ,

I will miss my soul mate ??

Fran LaMuraglia, Savannah , Ga

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Christa and I would like to give Bill and you, and the entire Speno family, our deepest sympathies. May the love of your friends give you comfort.

Dick Scheanwald, Brighton, Mi

My condolences go out to the Speno family. As many posting here my life was touched by Kathy. I played high school basketball with her. Although a few years older then me she was always gracious, kind and I’ll never forget her beeming smile. Rest In Peace

Pam Dunn, St Petersburg , FL

So sorry for your loss. Lions Class of ‘81

Steven Bowman, Delmar , NY

Sorry to hear, Kathy was a kind person and the world needs kind people.

Ben Whittaker, Mississauga, on

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I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Kathy . My prayers go out to all.

Jeff Capalongo , Freeville , Ny

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Dear Shirley, Marianne, Linda, Betsy, Frank, and Lee, Sending you all , and your extended families, my heartfelt condolences. My memories of Kathy are beautiful. It’s rare to find a person with the athleticism and compassion that Kathy so eloquently demonstrated. She impacted the lives of many, 4 leggeds included. Keeping you all in my prayers as I hold Kathy in my heart. Blessings of love to the whole family, Denise Hamilton-Hatch

Denise Hamilton hatch, Dryden, NY

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I am saddened by the loss of a friend who always had a smile that filled a room....A light that guides your soul.... A hug that healed your wounds..... And the love that lifts your spirt. I am truly blessed to have had Kathy as a friend. Thank you Shirley for sharing your daughter with us all. I hold all of you in my prayers. 630 Rocks. I love you all.

Glenn Levicki and Dennis L Miller, ,

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My heart goes out to the entire Speno family, Marrianne, Linda, Betsy, Frank, Lee. and Mrs. Speno. The Morse family has great fond memories of Kathy that will never be forgotten. RIP Kathy!

Carl Morse, Newfield, , Y

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Our hearts are crying. We love you Kathy, oh free beautiful spirit Kathy! We will always love you and keep you in our heart, forever.

Tamie & Philip Peters, Savannah , Ga

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We are so deeply saddened to hear of this incredible loss. Kathy was one of the kindest and most generous people we had ever met. She will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to the family.

Larkin and Ryan Eskew, Savannah, GA

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So sad to hear this news. I have fond memories of Kathy and Betsy on the Dryden HS swim team. Kathy's athletic ability and dedication to our team made her a great mentor for us underclassmen. Her smile and eagerness to help us be better was something I will always remember. My heart goes out to the Speno family, my sincere condolences.

Donna Rotunda Connor, Saratoga Springs, NY

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Our hearts are broken at the news of Kathy’s passing, and our sincere condolences go to Betsy, Shirley and the entire Speno family. Kathy was a joy to know and work with. She enriched our lives not only by helping us heal physically, but also with her friendship. We will forever remember her bold spirit and that beautiful smile.

Kim & Joe Hammons, Scottsdale , AZ

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Kathy was a very special person, warm kind and fun. We will always keep her in our hearts. Having Kathy as a neighbor was awesome..

Patrice & Ernie Lewis , Marietta , Ga

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When Kathy broke her arm in elem school I would run be hide her push her lightly and run for the monkey bars as she couldn't climb with a broken arm boy when that cast came off I was the one doing the running also there was a time when I went to her house at George Jr and we went to the room where her mom had an exercise bike Kathy got on then me wasn't funny when Kathy had put it on full speed but it was funny Kathy Betsy and I cried it was so funny. There was a time when we rode horses and Kathy gave me a little horse as I was never on a horse before I thought ah look a little horse cant jump to little well when Kathy's big horse took off and jumped the little one was right be hide her horse I don't think I ever got on a horse there again. also Kathy made me a cane out of wood She put my name on it and yes I still have it I love and miss you Kathy Till we meet again

Dori llington, Horseheads, NY

Kathy brightened the lives of all who knew her. She was a wonderful trainer and a kind and gentle soul. When I think of her, I think of her kindness and sensitivity, her love of dogs and her wonderful sense of humor. She loved deeply and we felt the sincerity of her heart. She made Savannah a brighter place. Kathy, you were loved, and you will be sorely missed. Our family joins with her family and loved ones in mourning her sudden loss, but we celebrate her life and legacy that she shared with each of us.

Sharon and Ryan Schneider, Savannah , Georgia

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Kathy was one of the Greats. A Great friend, a Great trainer, but especially a Very Great person. I’m SO saddened by her death.

Gail Malcolm, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Very sorry to hear the news of Kathy's passing.Although we weren't really close in high school I remember catching up with her after college when she worked at The Fitness Force in NJ and saw all those same wonderful character traits as the people who knew her so well. My thoughts and prayers are with the Speno family.

Bob Schug and family, E. Syracuse, NY

To the Speno family— especially Betsy and Shirley— my heart aches for all of you and all of us who knew and loved Kathy. She will be remembered. So sorry for your loss.

Elizabeth Norman, Pembroke, Georgia

My condolences to the Speno family.

James Terwilliger, NewBern, NC

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My deepest condolences to the Speno family for the loss of such a brilliant,beautiful and magnificent daughter,sister and friend...may God embrace your family with love during this very difficult time....

Finnie0994@aol.com, Boston, MA

I have a lot of special memories of swimming with the Speno twins. They worked hard and always made it fun. Kathy was always the anchor for our relay team and was the one who got us psyched up and made sure we knew we could compete and beat much more experienced teams. With clear, direct, kind words she would get to where you wanted to be. My condolences to the entire Speno family.

Amy Bonn, Plattsburgh, NY

My condolences to the Speno family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Kathy was a beautiful person and always had a smile on her face.I enjoyed my high school days with her and Betsy, we had some great times. My thoughts and prayers are with you Betsy and your family ??

Sheila McNamara Howell, Palm Bay , Fl

I often think about Kathy when I remember all the great high school swim team memories. My thoughts and prayers to the entire Speno family. Love to all!

Cathy Williamson Lee ("Turtle"), Dryden, NY

Those of us who grew up together always share a special bond. Cathy was an amazing woman. So so sorry

Kim Donnelly-Schenck, Dryden, NY

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To the Speno family, I have been informed of your lost by John SHEFFIELD. I was an exchange student from France in 12th grade in Dryden High, together with Betsy and Kathy and graduated with them in 1981. I wish to share my thoughts with you in this particularly terrible moment. I have great memories of this year I shared with Kathy, a bright young lady and from home in France today, I want to assure you that my prayers are with you and your family. With my best and sad regards, Caty

Caty Leparmentier , Bordeaux , France

Shirley & Family I am so heart broken 9ver your lost of Kathy she was one of the kindest caring person. Loved everybody. Will be miss by all.

David Glisson, Savannah , Georgia

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I am so heart broken to hear of Kathy's passing. The Earth has lost a wonderful soul, the Heavens have gained a beautiful angel. Very fond memories of playing sports with Kathy at Dryden High School. One of my favorite memories was going to the Speno's home before a basketball game and eating ice cream sandwiched between waffles with lots of maple syrup! Rest in the Arms of Our Lord...

Linda Horton Bates, Greene, NY

Deepest sympathy to the entire family.

David Telford , Lake Wylie, South Carolina

Kathy has been an integral part of our physical fitness program and Thursday morning circle of friends for 10 years. We are heartbroken that she will no longer be with us in body, but her spirit will never leave us. She was a wonderful, giving, loving person who has touched and lifted the lives of so many. May she now have eternal peace and may her family and loved ones find comfort and strength during this difficult time.

Malcolm and Julia Butler, Savannah, Georgia

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Our family is so very sorry to hear of Kathy's loss. She was such an encouraging coach for our girls, and her enthusiastic spirit was contagious. She will be missed by so many in the Savannah fitness community. We send prayers for healing and comfort for her loved ones.

Robin Horan, Fayetteville, AR

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I was friends with Kathy at St Lawrence University and remember her beautiful smile and wonderful spirit. We were both athletes and personal trainers and connected over that on social media over the past many years. I am so saddened to hear of her death and am sending love and prayers to all who loved her. all my best, Martha Prakelt

Martha Prakelt, BROOKLYN, NY

My thoughts are with Kathy’s family. So many memories from our basketball years at Dryden High. She was always an inspiration.

Angela Davis, Keene, NY

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So sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with her family. God Bless. Teresa

Teresa (Hopkins) Burch, Groton, NY

I'm so sorry for your loss. Most of my memories growing up had Kathy involved ~ helping me, being on the team (pick a sport!), and a fun partner in crime, as they say. I'll always remember her as a genuinely kind and good person. My warmest thoughts go out to you all.

Jean (Everett) Gerow, Newfield, NY

Shirley & family. Words can’t.express the deep sorrow i am feeling for you & your family. The many years you & I worked out with Kathy at her fitness centers from Sandfly until I moved to Texas were an experience I shared many times in my dealings with Parkinson’s. My prayers are for you st this very difficult & sad time.

Ann Blum, Denton , Tx

I’m very saddened. Our families as so many others had grown up together. I’ll never forget and often think about our fun times. Swim team with Kathy, and many other sporting times were always the highlight of my memories. You will be missed my friend but never forgotten. Love and prayers Speno family..

Kim Clark, , NY

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I have so many great memories of playing basketball at St. Lawrence with Kathy. She was a dedicated athlete and she excelled on our team! She was a fun teammate who always had time to laugh and enjoy practice! My condolences to the entire family.

Leea George, Camillus, NY

My heart goes out to Frank, Betsy and the whole Speno clan. I have fond memories of being on the swim team with Kathy. She was an amazing athlete and a good role model for the underclass men. I hope the family finds peace in knowing there are so many people with happy and fond memories of her. Rest In Peace, Kathy.

Allison Telford Fedigan, Hopewell Jct, NY

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I am so saddened to hear of Kathy's passing. She was my upper classman at Dryden high school and she was incredibly funny and good to me as I went through high school. She was a force to be reckoned with on and off the basketball court and I will alway's remember her smile. Sensitive people often are scarred deeply in this life. She alway's listened and was a beautiful soul and role model. Her loss will not go unnoticed. This world was a much much better place with her in it. Thank you Kathy, for making an indelible impression in my life. Rest in God's arms.

Marion Cardwell, Lansing, NY

My heart is breaking for the loss of such a special friend. I have so many happy memories off our time in High school. She will be dearly missed. My love, thoughts and prayers go out to the Speno family. Betsy I'm sending you an extra big hug! Always remember how much she Loved you all. Rest in peace my dear friend!

Caroline Kiley VanDeusen, Frederick , Md

Sending love and prayers to Kathy’s entire family. Such a tragic loss. Whenever I thought of my friendship with Kathy from high school it would bring a huge smile to my face. She definitely was a very special person in my life. Rest In Peace dear friend you will be truly missed.

Reenie Down Cochran, Naperville , Il

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My thoughts and prayer go out to the entire family. Kathy, may you Rest in Peace in our savior's loving arms.

Nancy Doll Haner, Candor, ny

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My heart aches to hear that Kathy is gone. I have so many happy memories of our time together in high school, good times and laughter. But most of all, a true and loyal friend. Thinking of you all, you're in my prayers and on my heart. Love you so much Bets, Cherie Newbury Michalko

Cherie Newbury Michalko, Leland, NC

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I am so deeply sorry to hear about Kathy! We had lot of good times at Dryden High playing Basketball and hanging out! Big hugs and condolences to all. Love Tina

Tina Kinsman Doll, Dryden, Ny

To the Speno family, my heartfelt sympathies come to you. I hadn't seen Kathy in years, but lived next to her while we lived in NJ. Please accept my condolences...prayers and love to you all.

Susan Mills, Colorado Springs, CO

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Dearest family, My heart goes out to you all. Kathy was a wonderful woman. May you all find peace with each other and know we are all praying for your strength. God bless

Tracey Nichol Austin, ,

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So sorry to hear of the loss of Kathy my thoughts and hugs go out to her family. We went to high school together and played many sports she was always inspirational and had a smile on her face she will be deeply missed

Sheila Supley, Ft Collins, CO

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My love, thoughts and prayers go out to the Speno family. I have very fond memories of Kathy and our years at Dryden High. May you rest in peace, Kathy.

Cathy McNally Bennett, Lake Worth, FL

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Dear Shirley...I send prayers to you and your family at this very difficult time. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Kathy. Blessings.........Sharon

Sharon Bury, Savannah,

So sorry for your loss, I didn’t know Kathy but I’m friends with Lee and my siblings were around Kathy’s age. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Xoxo. Missy Tiddick Park

Tiddick family from Dryden NY, ,

I am so sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. We were friends in high school. She was a beautiful and talented soul. I was not surprised that she opened a gym. She excelled at every sport she played. I know she will be deeply missed by her family, friends and the community. RIP beautiful lady. An old friend.... Kelly

Kelly Millard, Fitchburg, MA

I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Kathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Lorrie Horton Harris, Harford, NY

Sending prayers and hugs.There is never enough words to say to you for your loss. I have not talked to Kathy in about 5 years, or texted in the past year. My memories from school and my conversation will always be remembered. My heart reaches out to you all. Extra big hug to you Betsy. Have to share one memory I have of Betsy and Kathy. Us girls wanted to go see the boys practice football. They were down to the Elementary school and we didn’t have a car. No problem because Kathy knew where Mr. Coppers car keys were. Lol Thanks for the use of your car Mr. Copper.

Natalie Doscher Parker, Marathon, NY

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I was saddened to hear of Kathy's passing. She and Betsy were friends of my sister Kathy way back in school and would often come over to the house. She was always very kind to me. My condolences to the family.

Lisa Finnerty , Freeville, NY

To all the Spenos and those Kathy was close to; our hearts are with you all. All those she touched-and there are many-will carry on her legacy. God bless you. Lee and Krista Stuttle

Stuttle, Dryden,

We are so sorry and deeply saddened for the loss of such a beautiful, amazing soul. Kathy was a role model and an inspiration for Bailee as she worked to overcome a knee surgery. Most of all, Kathy gave her the confidence she needed to get back on the soccer field. I can never put into words what Kathy meant to our family and how much she impacted my teenage athlete. Kathy always wanted to celebrate Bailee’s success and when we knew there would be time in the off season, Bailee was determined to train with Kathy. We never had the privilege of meeting her family, but she always spoke lovingly and proudly of you all. I can’t imagine the incredible loss you all are feeling; we’ve known Kathy for only a couple of years, yet we mourn for the loss of a wonderful friend, mentor, and coach. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come. Kathy will be greatly missed and her impact will never be forgotten.

Nicole and Bailee Hildebrandt , Rincon, GA

I am so deeply sorry for your loss, Speno family. I am in shock and hope to be able to attend the Celebration of Life with my sister. May your memories and love hold you close during this difficult time. My deepest condolences and prayers to all of you.

Colleen McNally Axtell, Boynton Beach, Fl

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It is with great sorrow I write these words. Kathy was a tremendous human being and in my eyes was such a caring and loving individual. A beautiful woman and gentle soul. I pray for her, her family, and all of us who were graced with knowing her. With Love, John "JD" Sheffield

John Sheffield, Oswego, NY

Safe home Kathy. You are a beautiful caring soul. Our sincere condolences to all of her family and friends. Peace be with you all. Martha and Roy Swindelle

martha swindelle, savannah, GA

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Words cannot express the shock and sadness we feel for the Speno family. The memories we have of all our children growing up together will be cherished forever. Our heartfelt condolences to all of you. May God Bless you today, and every day.

The Motsay family, Freeville, NY

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Our condolences to Kathy’s loving family and many, many friends. She was an extremely talented individual and helped many of us through difficulties of our own even while she was In pain. She was a gentle soul and we will miss her deeply.

The Wingers, Savannah , Ga

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My heart is heavy to hear of Kathy's passing. She had just become a close friend and was very dear to my heart. I pray God's comfort to her loved ones and family.

Angela Lane, Savannah, Georgia

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Words cannot express the sympathy I am feeling for the family and close friends. Kathy was such special person with a heart of gold. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to have worked out with her and been her friend for the last 4+ years. She is now at peace.

Marie Booker, Savannah, GA

Shirley, Lou and I send our sincerest sympathy and deepest condolences...we will have your family in our prayers.

Gerry and Lou Molella, SAVANNAH, GA

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I am incredibly and deeply sorry to hear about Kathy. She is so loved by so many people including me. I've only been with her for 5 months but to know Kathy is to love her. I hope her family and loved ones will be able to feel, sense and know she will always be there for you, still, just in a different way. With all of my heart and love.

Tracy Lee Walsh, Savannah, GA


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