Kathleen (Kathy) Richer, age 70 was called to the house of the Lord on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at the Pinecrest nursing home. She was surrounded by the love and warmth of her family in her final days.
Kathy was born on February 23, 1940 in Escanaba. She attended Escanaba High School and was married to Lawrence (Sonny) Richer, Jr. on September 5, 1959. They celebrated 51 years of marriage this year.
Kathy was passionate about children. She loved working as a cook and teacher assistant at Flat Rock Elementary School until she retired for health reasons in 1988.
She enjoyed visiting with former students when they returned to Flat Rock. Her grandchildren brought her great joy. She will be remembered by them for her sense of humor and the love she shared with them. She enjoyed playing cards, and was a member of the UP Lawn Tractor Pullers, and the Gladstone Schools Birthday Club.
A woman of great faith, Kathy placed her trust in God. She was an active member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Flat Rock. Kathy had a heart of gold, and gave all of herself to her family. Her faith and courage are an inspiration to all of us.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret (LaCasse) and Theodore Dugener, father in law Lawrence Richer Sr and mother in law Winifred Gauthier, sisters Julie McMahon and Darlene Shepard, and brother Theodore Dugener, Jr.
She is survived by her husband Sonny, sons Dan (Becky) Richer of Green Bay, Tom (Katie) Richer of Green Bay, and Bill Richer of Green Bay, and daughters Amy (Al) Nystrom of Marshfield and Lisa (Joel) Barta of Green Bay. She will be lovingly remembered by grandchildren Lucas Richer, Ben Richer, Thomas Richer Jr, Nicole Richer, Lauren Barta, James Barta, Danielle Nystrom, and Bradley Nystrom. She is further survived by sister Celine (Bob) Smith of Prudenville, MI, sister Karen (Art) Richer of Schaefer, MI, sister Joan Rochon of Yukon, OK and brothers James Dugener of Lansing, Thomas Dugener of Muskegon, and sister in law Joanne (Gregg) Johnson of Bark River.
A scholarship at Gladstone Schools is being established in her name.
The Richer family will receive friends on Monday, October 11th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Flat Rock. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:00 PM at church with Rev. Fr. Jose Maramattam officiating. A luncheon will be served immediately following services in the Father Matt Hall. Kathy will be laid to rest in the Escanaba Township (Flat Rock) Cemetery.