Kathryn Freyvogel Edson Gordon

January 16, 2022


Kathryn Freyvogel Edson Gordon, affectionately known as, “Katie,” died Sunday, January 16, 2022, at the age of 88 surrounded by her children. Katie was born on August 23, 1933, to Frank and Mary Freyvogel. She grew up in Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill) with sisters, Mary F. McDonnell (d. 2000) and Nancy Freyvogel (d. 2014).

Upon her graduation from Mount Mercy Academy in June, 1951, Katie married her first love, James Porter Edson (Mort), whom she met at Seven Springs. They lived in Sewickley where they had six children: Jim, Kris, Sarah, Mike, Annie and Katy. The family enjoyed ski weekends at Seven Springs with their extended family (Edson and Scott cousins). Following Mort’s untimely death in 1977, Katie married Thomas (Tucker) Pascoe Gordon of Thornburg in 1980 and lovingly welcomed his four children: Chris, Amy, Tim and Sara. The Gordon-Edson family (GE gang) was a source of great pride, happiness and love. Katie and Tucker enjoyed a romance that lasted over 41 years. Katie enjoyed working with Cliff Nichols at Sewickley Academy as his administrative assistant. Then moved on with her sister and best friend Nancy Freyvogel, to provide fine children’s clothing at their shop, Monday’s Child. Through this time, Katie loved being able to coordinate matching outfits for her growing brood of grandchildren. Katie embraced Tucker’s love of fly-fishing and became an accomplished fly-fisher in her own right. Often, Tucker was proud that she made the best catch of the day. Together they enjoyed traveling and building lasting friendships across the globe especially in New Zealand, Australia, the Bahamas and the American West. A treasured time of year for Katie was the annual week-long gathering in Avalon, New Jersey when she was surrounded by her family which included, at last count, her 10 children and their spouses, 30 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. Katie and Tucker loved hosting parties for family and friends; a  particular favorite was their Easter Egg Hunt.  Katie is survived by Jim (Linda) Edson of Tetonia, Idaho, Kris (Helen) Edson of State College, PA, Sarah (Jay) Gauthier of Fayston, VT, Michael (Sandy) Edson of Bayonne, NJ, Annie (Nolan) Lassiter of Denver, CO, and Katy (Andras) Koppanyi of Midlothian, VA, Dr. Amy (Jim Block) Gordon of Baltimore, MD, Tim (Wendy) Gordon of Sewickley, PA, Sara (Tom) McCargo of Sewickley, PA,. She is also survived by 30 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Mort Edson (d.1977), her second husband, Tucker Gordon (d. 2021) and stepson Christopher (Tracey) Marshall Gordon (d.2020). There will be private services with a celebration of life at a later date. Remembrances may be made to  James Porter Edson Memorial Scholarship Sewickley Academy or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (


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James Porter Edson Memorial Scholarship Sewickley Academy or the American Cancer Society

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