Kathleen M. Kasten

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Kathleen M. Kasten, 77, of Gillett, passed away at her home with her family and longtime friend Doris “Cookie” Whiting at her side on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. She was born on Sept. 14, 1940, to the late Walter and Arlene (Arveson) McDermid.

Kathy married David Kasten in Suring on June 30, 1962.

Kathy is survived by her son, Craig (Amy) Kasten, of Gillett; daughter, Stacie Kasten, of Barneveld; five grandchildren, Jessica, Lauren and Jacob Kasten and Kelsee and Kauy Fargo; brother, Wayne McDermid, of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister, Sharon Porter, of Las Vegas, Nevada; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Harry (Nancy) Kasten, of Cecil, Velma Yancy, of Kiel, George (Carol) Kasten, of Columbus, Kansas, Leola Schneider, of Gillett, Lynn (John) Seiltz, of Greenleaf, and Marge Kasten, of Gillett. Kathleen is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David; her son, Scott; her parents; in-laws, Harris and Edna Kasten; siblings, Anita and Leo Wawiorka, Patricia and Norbert Hilbert, and an infant sister; brothers-in-laws, Steve Porter, Ernest Kasten, Kenneth Schneider and Bud Yancy.

Kathy enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and was especially proud of their accomplishments in athletics and showing livestock. Raising cattle on the family farm and helping her children, grandchildren nephews and numerous 4-H exhibitors with their beef projects was important to her. For family enjoyment and competition, she enjoyed teaching others how to can dill pickles, salsa and make homemade jams.

Kathy was also instrumental in bringing the livestock auction to the Oconto County Youth Fair.

When remembering Kathy, think of this quote: “Why limit happy to an hour?” Cheers!

Visitation will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Gillett on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, from 2 p.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Rico Eclar and Sister Marla Clercx officiating. Kathy will be laid to rest next to her husband and son at St. John’s Catholic Church Cemetery.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to all those who helped and supported Kathy and her family during her illness, including the medical staff at Aurora Bay Care and Lombardi Cancer Center, and especially P.A. Jennifer Mahoney.