Howard K. Fetters, Jr.

October 30, 1946 - June 21, 2017 Kennett Square, PA | Age 70 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Teacher and Friend

Howard K. Fetters, Jr. died Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, PA.  He was the husband of Agnesann Mathis with whom he shared 18 years of marriage.

Kirk was born in Darby, Pa, the son of the late Howard Kirk Fetters Sr. and the late Francis (Graff) Fetters. Mr. Fetters was an English teacher at Kennett High School for 37 years, retiring in 2005. Teaching was his passion, however, and he continued to substitute until the end of the 2017 school year.

He was very involved in the local adult theatre group, KATS, and many knew him as “The Dame” in their holiday Pantomimes.  Kirk was respected and loved by all who knew him and he will not soon be forgotten.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Becky Fetters and her husband Robb Fish of Annapolis, MD, and Amy Fetters and her fiancé Tori Urban of Philadelphia, PA.  He will be missed by his two grandsons, Nathan and Liam, and his many nieces and nephews

You are invited to visit with Kirk’s family from 6-9PM Sunday July 9, 2017 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (610-444-4116) 250 W. State St. Kennett Square, PA 19348.  A memorial service celebrating Kirk’s life will be held for family and friends at 12 Noon Monday July 10th at the Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 100 East Locust Lane Kennett Square, PA 19348.  Contributions in Kirk’s memory may be made to the Kennett Education Foundation (KEF) at PO Box 849 Kennett Square, PA 19348 or to The Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) at PO Box 673, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view Kirk’s online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit


Message from the Family

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Memorial Donations

Kennett Education Foundation (KEF)

PO Box 849
Kennett Square, PA 19348

The Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS)

PO Box 673
Kennett Square, PA 19348



July 9, 2017 6-9PM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc.
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Celebration of Life

July 10, 2017 12 Noon Kennett Square Golf & Country Club
100 East Locust Lane
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. Agnes Ann it is with a deep sadness I am writing this .After browsing the internet it was a horrible shock to see my dear friend and former roommate has passed.My deepest sympathies go out to you and Kirks children he was one of the finest people I knew and it was a true honor to call him my friend .i will never forget the great times we shared and the not so good times .I know it has been a while since we were in touch but I alwAys though about you all .I know he is at peace with his family by his side .May God bless you all and once again i am truly sorrow for your loss .Martin And Stef Brophy

    Martin Brophy | January 6, 2018 at 2:40 PM
  2. How sad I am to hear of Kirk’s passing. I did not know him that well. His dad was my first cousin and we got together for all the holidays when we were growing up. Singing all the old songs, takes me back. I am the last of the fourteen cousins of Howdy’s generation and grandchild of J. Howard and Matilda Williams Kirk. Reading the other notes Kirk must have been a much loved teacher to so many. Guess he is having a perfect manhattan with his dad. RIP

    Barbara Kirk Scheppman | October 29, 2017 at 7:42 PM
  3. Dear Fetters Family,
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
    Ken and Carol Wendel

    Carol Wendel | July 3, 2017 at 11:41 AM
  4. Dear Becky and Amy, Kirk was a great father and you two had the most magnificent parenting. He was greatly rewarded by the two
    of you being such outstanding people. He will be very much missed and I can only begin to imagine the immensity of your loss but
    you two really contributed so much to his wonderful life and legacy, Love, Cintra

    Cintra Murray | July 2, 2017 at 12:39 PM
  5. I am so sorry to hear that Kirk has passed on to God. He will be missed here on earth. I had the pleasure of working with him at Mary D. Lang many years ago. He was always upbeat and so very positive. I used to love it when he would teach us how to macrame. He was one of a kind. I am glad that I had the chance to know him.
    Love to his family,
    Sharon McMahon Journey

    Sharon Journey | June 28, 2017 at 6:35 PM
  6. I think I can speak on behalf of all KCSD students who had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Fetters that he was a truly pure and great man. I will always remember him as someone whose presence brought a smile to students’ faces, constantly shared his optimism and passion for education, and could strike a conversation with anyone. Thank you for the impact you left on KCSD and me in particular. You won’t be forgotten.
    Sending love and prayers from Israel.

    Hannah Geller | June 28, 2017 at 5:14 AM
  7. On behalf of my mother Nancy Baker Fetters, my father the late Robert Kirk Fetters and myself I would like to say we loved Kirk. It brightened our lives every time we got to spend time with him. We were blessed to see him in April for Mom’s birthday and will miss him terribly at every future family gathering. Our prayers are with Becky, Amy, Agnesann and their loved ones.

    Robert Kirk Fetters Jr. | June 28, 2017 at 2:38 AM
  8. Amy and Becky, my deepest condolences on the loss of your dad. Hugs and prayers to your family during this difficult time.

    Carolee Frye | June 27, 2017 at 8:10 PM
  9. Never had Mr. Fetters as a teacher but always knew him to be an all around great guy. Blessings to his family and may your memories bring you comfort as time passes. Erin (O’Brien) Beaver

    Erin (O'Brien) Beaver | June 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM
  10. One of the best teachers KHS ever had , i knew him as a student and later on when i worked as an instructional assistant always a very very happy man. i am glad i got to meet him i am sure alot of people will always remember him. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Mrs. Mathis kee strong you are in my prayers, My deepest condolences to you dear.

    Miriam "aka" Max | June 27, 2017 at 1:16 PM
  11. I came to know Mr. Fetters in 1986 when I began my teaching career at KHS. Within a short period of time, I was brought into his inner circle and for over a decade we spent a great deal of time together socially. Mr. Fetters, Mr. Schuster, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Robison and myself became know as “The boys” and we spent a LOT of time together on weekend jaunts to Wildwood Crest, the Poconos, sailing on the Chesapeake, the Cave and many area watering holes. It was a period of my life that I will never forget. Such wonderful memories.
    In addition, Kirk served as a mentor to me and helped me to become the teacher that I am today. He was a master of his craft and a man of the highest integrity who put his student’s and his colleagues’ interests above his own. He dedicated himself to Kennett with all of his heart and all of his soul. He was truly the best-of-the-best.
    I will always remember the man I called “Dad” with fondness. Rest easy, my friend. And remember, “You don’t give a rat’s ass!” (inside joke)

    To Agness Ann, if there is anything that I can do to ease your pain or assist you in navigating this difficult period, please do not hesitate to ask. You too were important in molding me to be the teacher that I am today. Thank you both from the bottom of my heart.

    Bob Anthony | June 26, 2017 at 10:07 PM
  12. Mr. Fetters, You were such a positive and funny coach. I enjoyed every practice and I will always remember your everyday motto, “Decorum girls, decorum”. Now, I am a teacher and completely understand how you dedicated your time away from family to tote a bunch of cheerleaders around the county so we could have great memories of our high school years. Thank you for that dedication. You will be missed.

    Pamela Roberts | June 26, 2017 at 6:19 PM
  13. What a lovely tribute from so many students. Kirk was a special guy who obviously touched many people in his life. I really only knew him as part of KATS and some through school. His portrayal of The Dame will long be in my memory. He was a pleasure to watch and work with and I will always think of him fondly and with a smile on my face. I am so sorry for your loss Agnesann and Becky and Amy. Know that Kirk is at peace and out of pain and probably entertaining the angels with his great wit. He is and will be missed. My love and sympathy to you all.

    Lorraine DesJardien | June 26, 2017 at 4:37 PM
  14. Really gonna miss seeing him jog through the hallways and sporting the bow ties. Great, great man.

    Mike Replogle | June 26, 2017 at 10:48 AM
  15. Thank you for so many great times at the beach and making our family feel so welcomed. I never make a Manhattan without Giuseppe Carpano vermouth which you introduced me to many years ago. Cheers to you Mr. Kirk!

    Mark Schweikert | June 25, 2017 at 12:36 PM
  16. I will remember Kirk coming into the beach house sweaty from a run on the beach. I remember laughing as we enjoy a meal debating about education and life around the oval beach house table. I will remember him for the way he loved Agnesann-. You are missed Mr.Kirk, we love you.
    Hannah Schweikert

    Hannah | June 25, 2017 at 12:14 PM
  17. Sincere condolences to Agnesann and to Kirk’s daughters Becky and Amy on the loss of Kirk. He is unforgettable. He left an imprint on my heart and countless others who knew him as family, friend, teacher, mentor, or colleague. Knowing him was a blessing. His joie di vivre and courage were an inspiration. He looked you in the eye and really saw you. Love and prayers, Roseann Kello Barnes

    Roseann Barnes | June 25, 2017 at 11:15 AM
  18. Dear Agnes Ann, so sorry to hear about the passing of Kirk. I knew he was very sick but never thought it would be this soon. I will always remember Kirk working at Mary D. Lang and the fun we had together especially at our end of year picnics. May he rest in peace. Elaine Fiore.

    Elaine Fiore | June 25, 2017 at 10:13 AM
  19. Mr fetters thank you for being the realist human alive u never changed for nothing! And I love you for that! I’m gonna miss u and chatting outside of school!! Love you fetterbone!

    Drew McCann | June 25, 2017 at 9:47 AM
  20. Mr fetters u were one of the realist and I love you for that even when we saw each other out of school u were always the same!! I’m gonna miss you!! Love you ready easy fetterbone

    Drew McCann | June 25, 2017 at 9:44 AM
  21. Mr Fetters wow, I really do not know where to begin. You was an awesome teacher, and you made sure each of us students knew just how much you cared. I wish I could thank you for being one of the best teachers in kennett I remember when i didn’t wsnt to go to art or music I would come sit in your class, just Reading The Outsiders and watching the movie over again. Your gonna be missed dearly. Mr Fetters please watch over us all. I love you and THANK YOU SO MUCH. Miss you

    Mary Crespo | June 25, 2017 at 8:48 AM
  22. Rest in peace Mr. Fetters.
    You truly were an amazing teacher. You knew how to push your students to reach their fullest potential. Thank you for never giving up on any of us, and showing some the tough love they needed.

    Nichole Thompson (Ocampo) | June 25, 2017 at 5:48 AM
  23. Great teacher and awesome person just in general! ❤️❤️❤️❤️Rest Easy and never stop being funny !!

    Mikaela medina | June 24, 2017 at 11:54 PM
  24. Thoughts and prayers with his family and beloved daughters. Meg Devereux

    Meg Devereux | June 24, 2017 at 10:57 PM
  25. An amazing teacher. He was alway a pleasure to be around. We also had good conversations when we substitute taught together. I wish I could be home to pay my respects. My condolences to his family.

    Valerie Mahala | June 24, 2017 at 9:09 PM
  26. Kirk was one of a kind. Always the consumate teacher and was the life of the party with KATS. He will be sorely missed by all of the KATS family near and far and will forever be “The Dame”!

    Kris McLaughlin | June 24, 2017 at 8:07 PM
  27. Agnesann, my deepest condolences. I wish you strength and peace.

    Chris OBrien | June 24, 2017 at 7:48 PM
  28. You will be missed you are always in my heart you were a great teacher and friend you had a in pact on some many peoples lives.miss you and love you.

    Melissa lopez | June 24, 2017 at 6:26 PM
  29. A dear friend for over 40 years! We both started our teaching careers at Kennett High School back in 1968! Enjoyed the time together and most especially the students and their families. Thinking of you and your wonderful wife Agnes Anne. Tim Skiles

    Tim Skiles | June 24, 2017 at 5:50 PM
  30. My children (Sarah Smith Esp, Mark Smith, and Alison Smith Santighian ) are all grown now, but Kirk left a lasting sense of his humor and his genuine love of great gatherings of family and friends with them. Sarah especially has a touching gift of his creativity in her crocheted christening gown. We had taken so long to set the date for her baptism, he quipped, ” Hurry up! I have to keep adding rows as she grows!” I first knew Kirk from Wildwood Crest and the bayside when we vacationed in the front half of the shore house. My mom and his grandmother were Eastern Star members. Long ago and far away…good memories. Kirk will be missed.

    Elsa Pancoast Taylor | June 24, 2017 at 2:55 PM
  31. Becky and Amy,

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My prayers are with your family.

    Eileen Byrne | June 24, 2017 at 2:48 PM
  32. I never had you as a teacher for the 4 years I was at Kennett High School but, you smile always lit up the hallway and made me smile back. Enjoy your journey.

    Heather Hillman | June 24, 2017 at 2:26 PM
  33. Please accept my condolences.

    Nancy Ennis Torres | June 24, 2017 at 2:26 PM
  34. Mr. Fetters was my Favorite Teacher! He will truly be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to the Family and I will keep you all in my prayers

    Angie Williams | June 24, 2017 at 1:15 PM
  35. A teacher that touched all our lives. It was an honor having you as my teacher. RIP Mr. Fetters.

    Carmen Davila | June 24, 2017 at 1:01 PM
  36. You were my favorite teacher. A great man and a dedicated teacher. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest Easy and fly high💖💖💖

    Virginia Hanf | June 24, 2017 at 12:49 PM
  37. Mr Fetters, wish I could’ve talked to you to say thank you for making me read in the front of the class room…lol seriously he cared about me when everyone else wanted to throw me away..your forever in my 💓..ILY

    Mylinda Dunn | June 24, 2017 at 12:10 PM

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