Kay L. Germain

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died August 3rd, 2019

Kay L. Germain, 68, of Escanaba, passed away on Saturday morning, August 3, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Hospital surrounded by her loving family following a brief bout with cancer.

She was born on April 26, 1951 in Escanaba, daughter of Donald and Elaine (Ferguson) Ness.  Kay graduated from Escanaba High School, Class of 1969 and was a lifelong resident of this area.

On August 12, 1972, Kay married Ronald J. Germain at First United Methodist Church in Escanaba.

Kay was employed for Shopko for 22 years before her retirement.

When her children were younger, she enjoyed being a volunteer at OSF Hospital where she would help at the front desk, gift shop and also had the privilege of taking the pictures of the newborn babies.

Kay loved to sew and read, however, above all else she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  Her grandchildren were her greatest joys in life and she loved spending time with them and attending their activities.

Among survivors include her husband of 47 years, Ron of Escanaba; children, Tina (Bruce) Rose and their son, Zach of Escanaba; Rob Germain and his daughter, Quinn of Escanaba; Brian Germain of Gladstone; and Kim (Tim) Kenneally and their children, Cash, Levi, Danni, Charlie and Timmy of Escanaba; brothers, Barry (Sheila) Ness of Escanaba and David (Shirley) Ness of Green Bay; sisters-in-law, Donna Seymour of Gladstone; Yvonne (Gary) Flynn of Trenary; Janice Germain of Escanaba; and Pauline (John) Gorenchan of Escanaba; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Don Ness and father and mother-in-law, Fred and Bertine Germain.

In keeping with Kay’s wishes, no services will be held.

To remember me:

Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby’s face, or love in the eyes of a woman.

Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain.

Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might live to see             his grandchildren play.

Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week.

Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk.

If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses, and all prejudice against my fellow man.

Give my sin to the devil.

Give my soul to God.

If, by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you.

If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.

                                                                                                                ~ Robert N. Test


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15 Tributes to “Kay L. Germain”

  1. My sincere sympathy to Ron and your family for a 69 classmate that is gone way too soon. RIP Kay

  2. I’m so sorry for the great loss of your wonderful wife mother grandmother and family member. Kay was so special to all of you. I enjoyed seeing when we picked up our granddaughters at The Ark

  3. Ron and family , I am very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and love to your family.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Kay was a very kind, loving person and she will be missed by so many. RIP Kay. Hugs to Ron & family.

  5. Ron and kids, I am truly shocked by the news of Kay’s passing. I wish we had been closer the last few years as life on earth is too short. She was my sister and I always loved her. She was a caring and loving person, who I know was a great mother and even better grandmother. I had pictured us living long lives as our parents had. Please accept my condolences. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.

  6. Ron and family….sending condolences on the passing of Kay. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Ron, we are so sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful wife, such a beautiful marriage. We saw how much Kay meant to you when you told us you were retiring. We truly think of you often and will continue to pray for your comfort.

  8. Ron and family, so sorry for your loss… My heart goes out to all of you.💔

  9. Ron and family, I am so sorry for your loss…I got to know Kay while we worked together at Shopko. She was a special lady. My heart goes out to all of you❤️

  10. So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to you Ron and your family. Another gone too soon.

  11. Ron and Family
    I am so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. My heart breaks for you all. She was a wonderful person whom always had a smile on her face. You are in my thoughts and prayers. She will always be with you…

  12. Ron, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Kay was a beautiful person and her smile was contagious. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  13. Dear Ron and Children, I am so sorry for Kay’s far too early passing. I met Kay years ago in Tops and of course at the dental office. I have never read a more heartfelt obituary. God Bless you all.

  14. Ron and family you all have oir deepest sympathies. Kay was one of the best!! Prayers for you all during this time.

  15. Ron, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thought are with you and your family. God guide you thought these trying times. Love, your cousin Ranee and family in Texas

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