Kathy Peterkin, 40, computer training specialist

July 09, 2002

Kathy Peterkin, a computer training specialist and former day care provider, died Wednesday of sarcoidosis, a lung inflammation that affects young African-Americans, at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. She was 40.

Mrs. Peterkin, who lived in Pikesville, was in charge of computer training for Dal-Tile in Eldersburg.

Born Kathy Gorham in Baltimore, she was raised in Gwynn Oak and graduated from Northwestern High School in 1979.

She earned her bachelor's degree in early childhood development from Coppin State College in 1983.

Mrs. Peterkin worked as a licensed day care provider from 1989 until 1997, when she joined Dal-Tile.

She enjoyed fishing, sports, fine dining and traveling.

She also was an avid reader and liked working with her computer.

She was a longtime member of North Star Baptist Church on Liberty Heights Avenue.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at First Christian Baptist Church, 4116 Groveland Ave., Baltimore.

Mrs. Peterkin is survived by her husband of 20 years, Craig W. Peterkin; two daughters, Kara T. Peterkin of Savannah, Ga., and Carla Peterkin of Pikesville; her mother, Blanche A. Gorham of Baltimore; three brothers, James C. Gorham of Greenville, N.C., and Sheldon Gregory and Kevin Gorham, both of Baltimore; her maternal grandmother, Mable Clarke of Baltimore; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

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