Kathy A. Stephens

Kathy A. Stephens

Kathy passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born September 2, 1955 in Muskegon the daughter of Russell and Joyce (Ritter) O’Dell. Kathy had worked at the Community Healing Centers in Kalamazoo for 16 years. She enjoyed cross stitching in her spare time and had made many items for her family over the years. Kathy was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend. On February 15, 1997 she married her soul mate, Michael L. Sackett who passed away in 2009.

Surviving are her children, Kenny (April) Gilmore of Kalamazoo, Karen (Paul) Salem of Colorado, Stefanie (Anthony) Montague of Plainwell, Jenni Coburn of Otsego and Eric Walters of Colorado; 5 grandchildren, Payton, Shayne and Kennedy Gilmore and Spencer and Nate Montague; siblings, Dar Holesek, Mike O’Dell and Dave O’Dell along with several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Michael, granddaughter, Kaylea Hatten and brother, Ron O’Dell.

Friends may visit with Kathy’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Cremation will follow.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Kathy may be made to the American Lung Association.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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  1. Sharon Goff says:

    Kathy was a person who always did her best and loved her work and her family. She often talked about her family and how proud she was of each of them. She would come to work even when it was difficult for her because she cared so much about doing a great job. She will be missed here at Gilmore.

    • Karen says:

      Mom spoke daily about work and all of the amazing people there that she considered dear friends. Her boss (Mike) was one she spoke of alot, she considered him a dear friend and mentor. She would often speak of the support that he ( and many others) offered during Kaylea’s illness, and heart warming stories that he would tell about his kids. The support and encouragement she received during her illness. She considered herself “Mike’s right hand”. Thanks to all at Gilmores for all of the joy you brought to Mom’s life each and every day!

    • Lucia Dowler says:

      So sorry for your loss of a dear friend and family member

  2. Mary Gucma says:

    Kenny, I am so sorry to her about your mother’s passing. You and April took such good care of her and I’m sure you will miss her a lot.
    Blessings to all of your family, my prayers will be with you.

  3. Christina Walraven says:

    What do u say about someone who was a one of a kind and a second mom to so many? Kathy will be forever loved and missed in this world… she was always there and i will always treasure my time with her and all of her advice.. RIP Kathy, gone but never forgotten. .. i love u lady..

  4. Mike Pioch says:

    Kathy, was a great friend to the staff and clients at Gilmore. I could always count on her to “figure things out” in an ever changing system. Kathy’s “can do” attitude supported our mission of helping people. She faced her illness with determination, grace and grit and never gave up the fight. Kathy talked often about her kids and grand kids, always being supportive of them and wanting all to be happy. We are all better people for knowing Kathy and wish the family peace during this difficult time.

    • Jenni Lynn Coburn says:


      Your words mean so much to all of us (her kids). My mom thought very highly of you and enjoyed working for the community healing centers! Thank you for all your support and care over the past 2 years, I am very grateful!

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