On April 24, 2022, Kathleen Ann Reddmann, age 79, of Gaylord, Michigan, was called home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ. Kathleen slipped away from our world and into eternal rest in heaven surrounded by her loving and prayerful family at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan.
Kathleen was born on February 6, 1943, to Walter and Bridgette (Swider) Kowalski in Detroit, Michigan.
On September 17, 1960, Kathleen and Richard were married and their beautiful union lasted for 59 years, during which they were blessed with 5 children. In the mid-1980’s they decided to move north to Gaylord, so they could enjoy small-town living in the country. Just like little ducklings, their children all followed them to Northern Michigan one by one. Now Kathleen and Richard are together in Heaven where their love can last for eternity.
Kathleen was a true matriarch, making sure her family always made time in their busy lives to enjoy spending time together as one big happy family. She loved the holidays, especially Christmas, and enjoyed making them special for everyone. Kathleen’s passions in life were her faith in God, and being a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She was a hard worker and took pride in her job in the hospitality business as well as in the care she provided for her mother who was bedridden for 10 years. She was a mother to many of her children’s friends, her co-workers, and her own friends as well. She was a good listener and a very wise person who could comfort those seeking compassion, kindness, and support. Her home was always warm and welcoming to everyone, even strangers. She was loved by all who were fortunate enough to know her.
Kathleen was a devout, traditional Latin Mass, Catholic. Every day you could find her reciting the Rosary and deep in prayer.
She couldn’t wait for springtime so she could sit out on the deck watching, feeding, and sometimes imitating or communicating with the sounds of the mourning doves or chickadees, who she said would, “answer her back.” She also enjoyed watching the hummingbirds eat.
Kathleen loved crafting especially crocheting. She was always making Afghans, wreaths, and dolls for her family and friends. She loved camping, canning, gardening, and berry picking. She loved nature and God’s beautiful creations. Kathleen was a true fighter beating cancer, the picture included with this obituary was taken a few months before her passing, while in remission.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Bridget Kowalski; her beloved husband, Richard Reddmann; precious daughter, Peggy; brothers, Lawrence and Jim Kowalski; and sister, Rosemary Balicki.
Kathleen is survived by her children, Timothy Reddmann, Theresa (Greg) Fame, Susan (Jim) Metzger, Carol (Mike) Rall; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren who fondly called her “GG and Ninma.”
Visitation will be held Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord, MI. from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A Scriptural Rosary will be held at 2:00 p.m. during the visitation.
A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, May 2, 2022, at Sacred Heart in Mancelona, MI. at 10:30 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will take place following the mass at the family cemetery in Wolverine, MI.
For out-of-town family members, a bereavement discount is being offered by Fairfield Inn in Gaylord, Michigan.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.