Kathy (Quaal) House

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Katherine Marie (Quaal) House, 64, died on February 22, 2022, at Wake Med Hospital in Cary, North Carolina.

Kathy was born on January 9, 1958, in Marquette, Michigan, to Albert and Joanne (Fritz) Quaal.  She was the oldest of five children.

She graduated from St. Mary High School in Gaylord, Michigan, in 1976. Following high school, she received a degree in graphic arts from Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Kathy worked in sales for the Gaylord Herald Times and was a pre-school teacher in Gaylord and Round Rock, Texas.

Kathy married Herbert Lee House on September 25, 1982, at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord, Michigan.  Shortly after, the couple moved to Austin, Texas for 15 years and later moved to Colorado in 1997.  They had been living in North Carolina since 2009. 

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Quaal and Joanne Quaal, her brother, Brian Lawrence Quaal, and her sister, Stephanie Jane Quaal.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Herbert Lee House; daughter, Helen Adele Kessler of Colorado, three grandchildren, Jonah Kessler, Micah Kessler, and Andrew Kessler, all of Colorado; her sister, Julie Ann (Dan) Kobylinski of Gaylord, Michigan, her brother, Regan Michael (Sandra) Quaal of Gaylord, Michigan; a niece, Alison (Jerry) Henige; several nephews, Michael Kobylinski, Regan Quaal, Jr., Harrison Quaal, and Andrew Quaal; and two great-nephews, Parker Henige and Caden Henige.

Kathy will be laid to rest on the Quaal family lot in Gaylord, Michigan. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., at Fairview Cemetery in Gaylord, Michigan. A luncheon will follow at Michaywe Inn the Woods Restaurant.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Alliance for Mental Health, through the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

10 comments on “Kathy (Quaal) House”

  1. Margaret M Koske

    We still remember Kathy and her happy disposition from when she took our ads for the Herald Times. She made the world a nicer place. We are sorry for her family’s loss.

  2. Patty wojciechowski walker

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Have many happy memories of our time in school together.

  3. Theresa Christner

    Herb, Helen, Regan and Julie and your families,
    I was so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. She was always so full of life and love! She was passionate, creative, and such a hard worker. I know that you must miss her, I know I have. I will always remember and cherish our adventures, riding bikes, chasing boys, being young, and foolish. She was always up to do something new and always on the go, and fearless! She was one of a kind.
    My prayers and thoughts go out to you all.

  4. To the Family,
    So very sorry to hear about your sister’s passing. Sending our heartfelt condolences.
    With Sympathy,
    Kathy & Terry Avenall

  5. Candy Heska Ryder

    Dear Herb, Helen, Julie, and Regan —

    Since Herb’s first phone call last month, I have been playing back so many memories in my head. So much time during my formative years was spent with Kathy and the Quaal family. So many laughs, adventures, games — and yes, a few tears. I remember when Kath first met Herb and then literally “bumped into him” again, the wedding, and so much more. I am so sorry for the loss you are all feeling. I join you in that. But I will always cherish her friendship and am holding her and all of you close to my heart and in my prayers.

  6. Barbara K Walker

    Dear Quaal Family,
    I am so sad to hear of Kathy’s passing. I have so many wonderful memories of growing up together on Ohio Street. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
    Barbara Dixon Walker

  7. Judy Dreffs-Strumbell

    I remember Kathy when she was in school with me. I loved her laugh and the way she really listened as a friend. She was 5 days older than me and reminded me many times that she could boss me around because she was older than me. My sympathy to each of you. S

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