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Kathie (Mary Kathryn) Spitzley

Obituary for Kathie (Mary Kathryn) Spitzley

July 5, 1944 - February 10, 2020
Holland, Michigan | Age 75


I kissed Kathie goodbye for the last time on February 10. It was one of the hardest things I did during our 48 years of marriage, but, like her many friends and admirers, I am honored to have known her generous and fun spirit.

Kathie had great parents, Harry and Leona (Walsh) Schueneman, who gave her her start in Morgan Park, Illinois, on July 5, 1944. She enjoyed a close family, with siblings Dick, Tom, Susy, Herb, Bill, Jim, Joe, John, George, and Luis.

After graduating from St. John's High School in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Kathie spent a year in Guatemala, and subsequently was a member of the Maryknoll Sisters for six years.

She married me in 1971 and with me raised our children, Amy and David. Amy and husband Malachy Godfrey are the parents of Nerissa and Dorran; David and wife Sherri (Slotman) are the parents of Fiona, Alessandra, and Victoria.

While she had many things to be proud of from her work life, perhaps her greatest satisfaction came from caring for pre-school children in her Good Times Family Child Care Group Home. After retiring, she became one of the volunteers who tend the plants at Evergreen Commons.

My family and I invite you to celebrate Kathie's ever-living spirit at the Langeland Sterenberg Funeral Home, Holland, 2:00-4:00 p.m. on February 29; Kathie's memorial will include: 2:00-2:45, meet-and-greet; 2:45-3:30, tribute to Kathie; 3:30-4:00 informal mingling.. We hope to see you there.

Kathie, I love you! Larry

Memorial contributions may be made to Maryknoll Sisters or Evergreen Commons.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Maryknoll Sisters
    P O Box 311
    Maryknoll, NY 10545
  • Evergreen Commons
    480 State Street
    Holland, MI 49423

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Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
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