Kathy Wandahsega, 66 died Monday, April 6, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Hospital. She won her courageous battle with cancer and fell asleep in the arms of her Lord.
Kathy was born on July 14, 1948 to Earl and Ida (Russell) Cole of Gladstone, MI. She was a graduate of Gladstone High School.
After graduation, she moved to Appleton, WI, where she worked as a telephone operator. On December 8, 1967 she married Frank J. Wandahsega III. In 1968, they moved to back to Escanaba where they raised their family.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Patricia (Cole) Soderman.
She is survived by her husband Frank; son Benjamin, his wife Angela and their children, Travis, Allison and Aiden; her daughter, Mandi and her fiance’ German Typpi; two sisters Jean, her husband, Don Micheau and Nancy McClinchy; and dear friends, Jeanie and Len Gilly, Bonnie and Ray Grossbauer, Betty Arvan and Porky Hansen.
Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and they spent a lot of time at grandma and grandpa’s house. They are going to miss her so much. Her and her youngest grandson, Aiden were sitting together after she got sick. He looked up at her and said very seriously, “Grandma, I don’t want you to go to heaven, I want you to stay here with us.”
Kathy had many passions in life, one of which was her love of horses. She spent much of her teen years horseback riding with her friends, Bonnie and Val.
She was also very passionate about her artwork. Kathy was a very talented painter and was well known for beautiful snowmen and Santa’s. Frank and Kathy traveled to art shows in several states and also sold a lot online, shipping her art across the country to Canada and even as far as China. She loved gardening and cooking for friends and family. Her love for art, cooking and horses lives on in her daughter and granddaughter. She will be sadly missed and never forgotten by friends and family.
Kathy’s family would like to extend their deepest thanks to Dr. Whitmer, Hospice, and the nurses of OSF for their loving and compassionate care. A special thank you also to Rev. Norden for his prayers and blessings.
Visitation will be on Thursday, April 9th from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Bark River. The funeral service will follow at 5 p.m. with Pastor Strom officiating. A meal will follow at the Salem Lutheran Church in Bark River.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Wandahsega family.