Kathryn R. Rautio

Kathryn Renee “Kathy” Rautio, age 59, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019, in Gaylord, Michigan.  Kathy was born in Gaylord, Michigan, on July 21, 1960, to Charles and Joy (Hutchins) Rautio.

Kathy attended Gaylord Community Schools where she excelled as a student.  Kathy enjoyed her time on the high school ski team along with performing with the Gaylord High School band.  Growing up in Gaylord, Kathy took pleasure in swimming, snowmobiling, skiing, and camping with her family.

Following her graduation from Gaylord Community Schools in 1978, Kathy attended Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  With student loans, Kathy immediately went to work in Minneapolis for several years, where she learned the ropes of the securities industry.  She moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and hired on to work with Captec, eventually moving to Orlando, Florida to work with CNL.  Kathy concluded her career with Triloma Securities, as their National Accounts Manager.  Throughout her successful career, Kathy received many awards and recognitions.  Kathy retired on August 12, 2019, after 35 years in the securities industry.

She loved and cherished her home in Orlando, especially relaxing on her expansive front porch.  Kathy enjoyed hosting people in her home.  She was always ready to share her success with family and friends. Kathy’s door was always open.  Kathy’s love of travel began when she visited Finland on her own, at age 13.  Throughout her lifetime, she was able to see the world, traveling for work and pleasure.  Kathy will be remembered for her heartfelt generosity, continuing after her death with being an organ donor.

Left to honor Kathy and her love, are her father, Charles W. Rautio; a brother, Jeff; nephew, Alex; niece, Kathryn “Kati”; cousins and extended family in Finland.

Her mother Joy preceded Kathy in death in 2017.  Many friends will have a void in their lives with Kathy’s passing.

Visitation for Kathy will be held at Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord, Michigan on Monday, August 19, 2019. Family, friends, and others whose lives Kathy touched are invited to visit from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Kathy’s funeral will take place at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at the Evangelical Free Church in Gaylord with Reverend Jim Mathis officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathy’s name may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

34 Comments

  1. Kathleen Dennis August 15, 2019 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Rest in peace, my beloved sister.

  2. James Rea August 15, 2019 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful friend in the business, respected professional, and mentor to many. You will be missed and your spirit of loyal Servant Leadership lives on. God just welcomed home a hard working woman.

  3. Chris Rautio August 15, 2019 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Cathy. You are the best cousin anyone could ask for!

    Chris and Diane
    We love you!

  4. Pam and Glenn Dunkelberger August 15, 2019 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Dear Kathy, your warmth, wit and generosity will be so missed. You are much loved.

  5. bradley nix August 15, 2019 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Kathy – I am going to miss you terribly. You were the sister that I never had. I am certain you are in heaven; probably making everyone laugh and closing a sale!

    Love, Brad

  6. Kevin Hester August 15, 2019 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    A wonderful woman, one of the most relentlessly positive people, and a loving, laughing sister to my wife Debora. You are loved, and will be greatly missed.

  7. Glenn Stepp August 15, 2019 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    If we could see you now, completely healed and
    In the presence of God! You are missed and you are loved my friend ❤️

  8. Sari Heinila August 16, 2019 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Kathy, my dear cousin behind the Ocean. I cannot believe you are not coming to Finland anymore. We all, Rautio`s family, in Finland miss you so much. Rest in peace. God bless your journey.

  9. Tom Ward August 16, 2019 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    I lost touch with Kathy through the years but I will always remember her as the girl in high school who always had a laugh and a smile. I’ve thought about her many times the last few years. She was a wonderful person in my life. Rest In Peace with a smile Kathy.

  10. Karen Koronka August 17, 2019 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Charles and Family, our hearts go out to you during this painful time of loss, Please know we are thinking of you.Karen and Dave Koronka and Family

  11. Kelly Weber Daniels August 17, 2019 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    RIP Kathy…I’m saddened to hear of your passing. Skiing, camping, working at Big Boy, all those memories came flooding back with the news of your passing. You were among my best friends growing up. I can still hear your laugh! Your kindness, your smiles, your fun loving artistic spirit is one I have long remembered. The world is missing someone fun today. Condolences and hugs to your family in this difficult time.

  12. Matt Ingber August 17, 2019 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Kathy has always been an amazing person, and an even better friend. We are all lucky to have had her in our lives.

  13. Chris Radford August 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Kathy was such a bright star. She will be greatly missed.

  14. Byron Carlock August 18, 2019 at 6:00 am - Reply

    Heartfelt sympathy is offered for the loss of dear Kathy. She was a delightful work friend with an infectious laugh, love of travel and experiences and a personality that inspired a desire for time together. She was especially kind to and fond of my son, Barker, as he was growing up. He would accompany me on some business trips and Kathy always made him feel like the trip was planned for HIM! Rest in peace, dear Kathy.

  15. Son &Mary Beary August 18, 2019 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Charles and family, Kathy was a good friend and will be missed by everyone. She was a leader in our industry and a pleasure to work with through all the years.

  16. Emma Hager August 18, 2019 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I cannot imagine not seeing your beautiful face ! Jerry and I have loved you to pieces, and have valued having you in our lives. You were the most loving and caring person ever. When you said it was an Honor to care for Uncle Charles, you meant it with the most sincere of hearts. Rest now Dear Kathy, but know you were loved, and will be missed.

  17. Colleen Choles August 18, 2019 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    So many fun memories with Kathy in high school. I loved your hilariously witty personality Kathy. We lost touch over the years but you will always hold a special place in my memories and heart. Much love and many prayers to family and friends-
    Love always,
    Colleen (Garrett) Choles

  18. Keith Pollock August 18, 2019 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    My dear friend Kathy, growing up as kids you were always the happy one that cared for everyone’s well-being and your laughter was empowering. After high school, through your years at Michigan Tech and continuing on to your final days, we have remained close. You are an example of a true friend and I’ve always been proud to call you, my friend.

    All of us that know Kathy can say, this will leave a tremendous hole in our hearts. Memories are how we can share the joy of having Kathy in our lives. Thankfully I have so many memories over so many years I know she will remain with me until we meet again. Although our time here is now over, I know we’ll see each other again someday. I wish you well on your new journey, my friend. Rest In Peace Kathy Rautio, Rest In Peace, my dear friend.

  19. Jim August 18, 2019 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    I miss you smiling girl. Always happy. Close friend.

  20. Russ Warner August 19, 2019 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Mr, Rautio and Jeff, so sorry for your loss. Kathy was always a good friend and always had a smile on her face. Lost touch with her over the years but always considered her a friend and good a great friend growing up and in school. Again sorry for your loss. Russ Warner

  21. Julie Driscoll August 19, 2019 at 10:31 am - Reply

    To Kathy’s Family – I am so sorry for your loss of this great woman. Kathy was not only a business associate but was also a great friend. She was a wonderful person with a huge heart, great humor and treated everyone as her friend – Kathy was such a great sounding board when I lost my husband six years ago. We always had so much fun and “fireside chats” at our conferences and trips and am so sorry that we didn’t make our talked – about trip to Mackinaw Island. Love you always girlfriend.
    Julie Driscoll

    • Mary Rhodes August 24, 2019 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Dear Charles, Jeff, family and all who knew Kathy, my Family came to know Kathy 23 years ago! She was such a dear person and so kind and generous! It has been a privilege to know her in this life! We know we will see her again in God’s kingdom! We thank Him for putting her in our lives and pray for you in this difficult time. Hugs from Mary, Cliff, and Sarah Rhodes
      We will never forget her and how she touched our lives and helped us give our children blessed lives!

  22. Jeff August 19, 2019 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Had the pleasure of working for many years along side Kathy at CNL. What a great person who loved life and cared for people. She will be missed.

  23. Heikki Rautio August 19, 2019 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Rest in peace,Kathy

  24. Charlotte Farner August 19, 2019 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Mr. Rautio and family

    My sympathy to you on the loss of your beloved Kathy. You are in my prayers.

    Your neighbor

    Charlotte Farner

  25. Chris Joles August 19, 2019 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Charlie,Jeff,and family. So sorry for your loss. And so sorry we couldn’t be there. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Condolences. Merle and Chris Joles 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  26. Divisha Kapur August 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    She was a wonderful person and good friend! She will be missed by many.

  27. Stew Love August 20, 2019 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Kathy,
    You are one of the great ones!
    At any and all reunions in Gaylord,
    yours was the face I always looked for first.
    I Loved our times together as Bio partners
    dissecting that damn frog, we laughed and got in trouble for doing so, good ole PS(:
    I don’t know how and where the time went, and sadly
    I haven’t had a chance to say directly I Love and Miss you Kathy Rautio. Walk easy and Laugh my friend!!

  28. Jennifer D Torres August 20, 2019 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Kathy has a heart of gold and was a great boss during my work with her at CNL. She had a great sense of humor and kind. Kathy I still have the gift you brought me from Italy and when I used it I think of you and your smile! May Jehovah have you in his memory and I pray Jehovah Gods love bring comfort in the days and months to come. May his peace calm you and his hope embrace you.

  29. Paula Fitts August 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Rest In Peace my dear friend! I am so blessed to have worked with you over the years and to have you called you a friend. Your genuine smile will be so missed.

  30. Dawn DeForge Collins August 21, 2019 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Mr. Rautio and Jeff-My sincerest condolences on Kathy’s passing. I just found out today and feel sad to have missed paying my respects in person. I will forever remember her sense of humor, her hearty laugh, and her beautiful smile. May God provide comfort to you both.

  31. Brenda Parent August 24, 2019 at 9:46 am - Reply

    The Rautio Family,

    I am so sadden to hear of Kathy’s passing. I have wonderful memories of our time in school together. We had a blast in band. You will always be one of the best Kathy. The class of 1978 will always remember you in our heart.

    Love Brenda

  32. Wendy Hauca September 29, 2019 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Rautio family-My sincere condolences. Kathy was a dear friend of 45 years. Fun, witty Rautio, you will be missed. Much love, Wendy

  33. Peter Ornatek October 7, 2019 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    I had the pleasure of knowing Kath for 30
    years… We both had our ups and downs yet managed to stay in touch. Our last talk was shortly before she passed…

    Rautio family, you have my sincerest thoughts and loving prayers

    I have no doubt her family and friends will forever bask in the loving memories they’ve shared over years. May her journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before her, just like she has done here, for those she leaves behind…

    Rest in peace my dear friend, Petey

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