On December 9, 2020 Kathryn (Kay) Zemar, of Gladstone, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.
Kay was born January 24, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Cleveland, Ohio when she was a young woman. It was there that she met and fell in love with Zolton “Zolly” Zemar. In 1981 after Zolly retired from construction, they decided to move from the big city to the beautiful Upper Peninsula. They built a house on the Escanaba River and lived happily for many years in their little paradise. She often said that she was doubly blessed that she met Zolly, and that God chose the perfect man for her. They were married for 56 years before he preceded her in death.
A good work ethic was ingrained in Kay from an early age, and she believed that anything worth having should be earned. She would fondly tell stories of her childhood horse, Golden Fury, and how she earned Golden’s room and board by cleaning out stables. Kay worked as a bookkeeper at Northern Michigan Bank and Trust before her retirement.
Kay always had a lot of energy and liked to keep busy. She was a fantastic cook and passed down many cooking tips and recipes to her family members and friends. She enjoyed playing Trash Train Dominos and various card games like Contract Rummy and Hand and Foot. She loved going out to eat with family and friends, especially at her favorite restaurant, Drifters (she absolutely adored the owners, Liza and Heather).
She was an avid church-goer and over the years spent time volunteering as a Sunday school teacher, participating in events sponsored by the Women’s Ministries, and attending Bible studies with her church ladies. Whenever Kay believed that something fishy was going on, she would give you the side-eye and say that her two favorite words were “God Knows”. She strove to stay current and keep up with technological advances and liked to spend time on her computer, tablet, and Facebook account. Unfortunately, she never got the knack of the smart phone, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.
Kay is survived by her brother Howard (Debbie) Pfeiler and sister Nancy (Tom) Bish; children Tami (Earl) Grandchamp, Lori Walker, and Allen Zemar; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Per Kay’s wishes, a funeral will not be held; however, family will host a Celebration of Life at a later date. Kay will be interred at Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone, Michigan next to her best friend and husband, Zolly. Kay was a one-of-a-kind firecracker and will be loved and missed by many.
The Zemar family is being assisted by the Skradski Funeral Home.