Kathleen Marie Straatsma, age 75 of Dimondale, MI, (formerly Norton Shores, MI) passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was born on August 16, 1946 in Lawrence, MI to the late Donald and Margaret (Johnson) McGowan, Sr. Kathleen married Thomas E. Straatsma, Jr. on June 7, 1975, and he preceded her in death on December 6, 2011 after 35 years of marriage.
Kathleen moved to Norton Shores, MI in 2004, having moved to the area from Grand Ledge, MI in 1975. She was a member of the American Legion, Charles A. Conklin Post 28 Auxiliary, where she spent her time volunteering for events at the social club. Kathleen loved sewing and making quilts for injured soldiers and veterans.
She also loved to cook, spend time with her family, and going to the family cottage on Bank’s Lake. Family was very important to Kathleen, and she enjoyed spending as much time as she could with her two grandchildren, and especially her great-grandson.
Kathleen is lovingly remembered and missed by her two daughters, Sandy Davis and Chris Dunlap; her two grandchildren, Josh Hengesbach (Jessica Snyder) and Chelsea (Josh) Barrows; and her great-grandson, Levi Barrows.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; her son, David Davis; son-in-law, Hugh Dunlap; and brother, Donald McGowan, Jr.
The Funeral Service for Kathleen will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2022 at Klaassen Family Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Vanarendonk officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation.
Interment will be at Lake Forest Cemetery.
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