Thursday, September 11, 2003

Coach helped soccer get a start

Peter Katzenstein, 68, played in Chile

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer


MOUNT CARMEL - Peter Katzenstein, 68, a retired mechanical engineer who was instrumental in bringing soccer to the Mount Carmel area in the early 1970s, died Sept. 1 of a heart attack at Bethesda North Hospital.

"Before soccer became popular anywhere in Cincinnati, a neighbor called and said her son wanted to play," said his wife, Marie. Since Mr. Katzenstein had played soccer in Chile, the neighbor wondered if he would be willing to coach a team.

"He started a soccer team and ended up for, like, 13 years coaching boys - and we did not have a boy," said his wife.

Mr. Katzenstein coached two boys teams - the Wildcats - for the Soccer Association for Youth. He later coached his daughters and granddaughter as well as the girls' team at Glen Este High School for a year. He was a coach or assistant coach from 1974 until 1996.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1935, Mr. Katzenstein grew up in Chile, where his family had gone to flee the Nazis.

Mr. Katzenstein came to Cincinnati in 1955 to co-op for RK LeBlond Machine Tool Co. in Hyde Park.

He married Marie C. Pewther two years later and moved with his wife to Germany - where his parents had already returned because of poor economic conditions in Chile - in 1958.

They spent two years in Bremerhaven where Mr. Katzenstein attended engineering school.

They bought a house in Summerside in 1960, and Mr. Katzenstein went to work for Sheffer Corp. in Blue Ash. He retired in 1997.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Lisa Marie Williamson of Summerside, Linda Sue Katzenstein of Mount Washington and Lori Ann Katzenstein of Glen Este; a sister, Gabriela Wentzel of Leesburg, Va.; and five grandchildren.

Services have been held. Interment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Montgomery.

Memorials: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039 or the American Heart Association, 2936 Vernon Place, Cincinnati, OH 45219.

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