Kathy Wandahsega

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died April 6th, 2015

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.

8 Tributes to “Kathy Wandahsega”

  1. I was so sorry to hear the news from my mom, Jean Gilley. Kathy and my mom knew each other since they were kids and so I grew up knowing Kathy, Frank, Ben and Amanda. I have some great memories of times our families spent together. They are great people and I am lucky enough to have some of Kathy’s artwork. She knew I loved Halloween and made us some wonderful Halloween decorations for our wedding. I really loved that she did something special like that for me. I’ll miss her.

  2. I am so sorry for the loss of Kathy to her family. I know how proud of her kids she was and how she cherished her grandkids. She welcomed me when I married Porky and was always the most gracious hostess when we would go there for supper. She was a fabulous cook too. I will miss you Kathy and to Frank I have no words that will make it any easier just know that all your friends love you and wish life could be easier for you right now. She is in Heaven and has had every question answered that she has ever wondered about in all her life. Now she is with her folks and in no more pain and her spirit will be with us all for the rest of our lives. Nancy Hansen

  3. So sorry to hear of Kathy’s bought with cancer..
    Kathy was a good friend of mine so many years ago.. When we were in 4th grade 10 of us were put in with the 3rd graders in Ms. Greene’s class… It was good. Kathy was so pretty, smart, and quiet. We all got along so good together..and she was such a good drawer than… Than when we were in high school Kathy, Valarie Anderson, and someone else took me horseback riding..Oh yes I still remember. It was a long ride and I guess I wasn’t much of a horseman as I never recall them inviting me back..But they were always so good to me… I think we were together all the way from Kinder garden until we graduated…I have a sad tear for Kathy today. May she rest in peace…

  4. Frank,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your sweet love was a wonderful person and artist. I will treasure my collection of “Wandahsega’s” even more than before. Be well, love and prayers.

  5. Dear Frank, Ben, Mandy and Jean and all the rest of your family, We are so very sorry for your loss (and ours as well) . We loved Kathy, indeed she was my sister from another mother as I was at the Cole’s as much as home. We were friends for 65 years and always close. Our families shared many events and holidays. It won’t be the same without her.Love you always Kathy,

  6. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  7. Frank, Ben, Mandi, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Kathy. She was a wonderful lady and will be sadly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Unfortunately, I will not be able to celebrate her life with you tomorrow in person, as I have to work.

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