Katherine Jeanne Malmstead

Resided in Bark River, MI
Died November 3rd, 2016

Katherine J. (Sabourin) Malmstead, 75, of Bark River, passed away on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

Katherine, daughter of Louis and Jeanette (LaBranch) Sabourin, was born on October 15, 1941 in Escanaba. She was raised in Schaffer and graduated from Holy Name High School in 1960.

On April 25, 1964 she married Alex Malmstead at Sacred Heart Church in Schaffer.

She worked as a florist at Wicket Floral for many years.

Katherine was a member of St. Anne’s Church and enjoyed gardening, reading, attending her grandchildren’s events, being a caregiver for her husband, and going to her weekly card club. She always put others first.

She is survived by her husband, Alex; children, Mark (Gina) Malmstead of Oxford, MI, Michael (Marybrigh) Malmstead of Green Bay, WI, Mary (Scott) Fritz of Escanaba, and Rob (Crista) Malmstead of Escanaba; grandchildren, Kamille, Abigail, Megan, Matthew, Mollie, Brendan, Justin, Kevin, Anna, Katie, and Valerie; siblings, Paul (Judy) Sabourin of Wilson and Richard Sabourin of Green Bay; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Katherine was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be on Monday, November 7th at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba from 3-5:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A meal will follow the services.

Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Schaffer on Tuesday, November 8th at 11:30 a.m.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Malmstead family.

7 Tributes to “Katherine Jeanne Malmstead”

  1. Our hearts,thoughts, and prayers go out to the family. She was a wonderful, caring lady and will be greatly missed

  2. My sympathies to the Malmstead family. I’m very sorry for your loss. The difficult time of losing someone we love leads to many questions in our minds, and leaves a hole in our hearts. May God’s Word bring you hope and strength to endure. John 5:28,29 speaks of a resurrection hope for the future. What that can mean for you is a real hope of being reunited with your dead loved ones. A website helping millions find true and satisfying answers to their questions is Feel free to visit the site. It is my hope that you find comfort now and in the days ahead. My sincere thoughts and condolences.

  3. Mark, Gina and Girls, We are so sorry to hear about your mom passing. May you find strength in you family and friends. Hugs and love to you…..Sharon & Mike

  4. Our hearts are saddened by the passing of Katherine. She was such a wonderful person and we know how much she will be missed. The Malmstead family has been a part of our lives for so many years and we will always remember the kindness, generosity and interest Katherine always shared. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  5. Our sympathies on the loss of your wife, mother and grand mother.

    We usually visited with them whenever we saw them out for dinner at the Ford River Pub.

    I have lost my vision so I know the struggles Alex has had to overcome and probably will have in the future. I hope he will be okay.

  6. Sending you all my sincerest sympathy…
    I’ve always enjoyed Katherine, seeing her through the years at Wickerts. My dear mother, Marvel, was a steady customer & Katherine created many beautiful arrangements for her. I would see her & her husband at the Adoration Chapel, as I was leaving, always sharing some kind words. My latest memory of her was at the Homecoming football game several weeks ago…I was sitting in my lawn chair by the fence and her car was parked not far from me. She saw me, came over and we visited for some time, enjoying each others company and the Eskymos!
    To her delight, her granddaughter was crowned queen at half time!! She was so happy & proud!! I was so glad for her! Not long after, she said it was time to go home w/Alex. My last words to her were God Bless You ! & she returned those words back to me…
    What a special, compassionate, loving lady…You will be missed by many. God rest your soul in Heavenly peace…

  7. Very sorry to see about your family’s loss. Prayers for you and your family. Many fond memories from early childhood and visiting Katherine at Wickert’s from time to time.

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