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Katharine A. Guinta-Spence
Head Start teacher
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Katharine A. Guinta-Spence, 40, of Valley Springs passed away March 1, 2009 at Doctors Hospital in Manteca.

She was born January 10, 1969 in Modesto.

She is survived by her husband Richard Spence of Valley Springs; parents Frank Guinta (father), Manteca, and Julie Boos (mother), Riverbank, Shari Guinta (stepmother), Scotts Valley and John Doornewaard (stepfather), Manteca; grandparents Reverend Don and Ramona Annas, Scotts Valley; children Joseph “Joey” Guinta, Valley Springs and Ashley Spence (step-daughter), Manteca; and siblings John Guinta of Riverbank, Andrea Leik of Tehachapi and Audra Coburn of Manteca.

Katharine was a graduate of East Union High School, Columbia Junior College and Sonoma State University.  She was a teacher for Head Start in Calavares County. She loved working with children. The children were drawn to her and adored her. She was a member of Burson Full Gospel Church in Burson.  She loved reading, attending to her animals, gardening and NASCAR. She was an exceptional person. Her kind heart and sweet spirit made her a friend to all.  

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday, March 8, at 1 p.m. at Chez Shari, 305 N. Union Road, Manteca, located on the top floor of the Manteca Golf Clubhouse. Attire is casual. The final resting place is private.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to Katherine Guinta-Spence Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of Stockton, Ref. No. 1250015771, 660 N. Main St., Manteca, CA. 95336.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, March 4, 2009