Surrounded by her family and the laughter and stories of her life, Kathie passed away at home on September 18, 2022.
Kathie Amanda Johnson (Kate) was born on September 22, 1949 in Tustin, Michigan to Robert and Opal Johnson. She graduated from Marion High School in 1968 and Central Michigan University in 1972. For 30 years she was a high school English Teacher at Wayland Union High School in Wayland, Michigan where she was awarded the Katheryn Lorraine Brenner Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004. After retirement she was adjunct faculty at Western Michigan University School of Education, training and mentoring new teachers as she had mentored colleagues and student teachers during her tenure at Wayland.
For 40 years she and Bart Volkers partnered in life, travel, grandparenting, and creating a home together in Otsego, Michigan. After retirement they spent winters in Tavernair, Florida and created a new community of friends who became family.
Kate loved travel and she and Bart spend many spring breaks in Jamaica. She traveled to Europe with friends and family and a trip to Israel with church friends and family. She loved special sister week-ends with her sisters and nieces. Kate was a great reader and part of several book groups. When grandchildren were involved in sports Bart and Kate were in attendance, proudly wearing the colors of their teams.
Kate was a member and Elder of the Plainwell Presbyterian Church.
She is loved and cherished by her life partner, Bart Volkers, his children Kimberly (Mike) Getty, Karen (Dennis) Keller, Kurtiss (Jennifer) Volkers and grandchildren Carl Anthony, Amber Marie, Allison Jo, Madilyn Jane, Blake Lawrence, Mallory Kate, Maxwell John and Avery Joy. Great grandchildren Dawson, Wyatt and Maverick. She was preceded in death by grandson Alec Lee.
Her siblings who love her are Larry Johnson, Sue(Dan) Teare, Tim (Teryn) Johnson, Deb Johnson, Jill (Craig) Haney, Nieces Cheyenne Johnson, Sarah Teare and Jennifer (Scott) Peterson, Nephews David Teare, Nathan (Kristin) Haney, Neil (Stacie Larson) Haney and great nieces and nephews Caleb, Luke and Abby Peterson; Levi, Gabe, and Vivian Haney.
Memorial Gifts in her memory may be directed to Christian Neighbors.
A Service to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October 1, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church in Plainwell.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.