Anne Elizabeth (Sharpless) Katona, Age 82, of Lincoln, NE passed away on June 14, 2023. She was the youngest daughter of three girls born in Palatka, FL on September 18, 1940 to Hubert and Fanny (Key) Sharpless.
After high school she attended dental college to earn her AA and worked as a dental hygienist for 6 years before marrying Navy Lt. Jack Katona, on September 10, 1966 in Sanford, FL. Once her husband retired from the Navy, they took time to travel through Canada and the US. While visiting her family in Florida, she met and fell in love with the Kerry Blue Terrier breed. Once settled in California in the mid 1970’s the first of many Kerry’s came into her and her family’s life.
Anne became a breeder, and along with her groomer husband, showed many Kerry’s to their AKC Championships under the Tyrella name. The ‘dog world’ as she so fondly called it, provided her with a wonderful community and satisfied her innate curiosity and love of learning. This ultimately led her to applying to become an AKC dog show judge. She went on to complete 5 full groups of dog breeds and additional breeds in the other 2 groups.
Anne was not just a dog judge. Having grown up with horses and other animals, she learned the foundation of structure and movement. She believed these to be the cornerstone of importance in judging. She cared immensely about improving the sport and was an amazing mentor to many novice handlers. She would find ways to encourage people with tips and ideas for improving their showmanship to help bring out the best qualities in the dogs they were showing. She judged her last dog show in November 2022. She enjoyed spending her days reading with her Maine Coon cat, Stellar, warming her lap.
Preceded in death by her sister Billye Depratter.
Survived by her husband Jack Katona of Lincoln, NE; daughter Audra Katona and son-in-law Scott Perryman of San Francisco, CA; granddaughter, Ava Perryman of Burlington, VT; her sister Joan Murkerson of Florida, in addition to many other loving family members.
Please join us in celebrating Anne’s adventure filled life on Thursday, August 3rd 2023 at 2:00pm at Christ United Methodist Church 4530 A St, Lincoln, NE 68510 immediately followed by a reception from 3:00pm – 5:00pm at Grata Bar & Lounge 6891 A St, Lincoln, NE 68510. The Celebration of Life service at the Church will be live streamed on their Facebook site. Please click on the “Go live” button to connect.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the organizations that were dear to Anne’s heart, Arbor Day Foundation and Take the Lead.
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