Kathleen A. Stratton

Kathleen A. Stratton

Kathy passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

She was born March 30, 1946 in Plainwell the daughter of Robert and Lois (Stevens) Story. Kathy was a Registered Nurse and had worked at Bronson Hospital and at the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital for 25 years until her retirement in 2008.

She enjoyed reading, bowling on area leagues with her mother and other family members and going to the casino. Most of all Kathy adored her grandchildren and loved going to all of their events and volunteering whenever she was asked. Kathy was a cancer survivor and a supporter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. She was a member of the Otsego United Methodist Church. On August 19, 1967 at the Otsego United Methodist Church she married David Stratton who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Todd (Carla) Stratton of Kalamazoo, Chad Stratton of Kendall and Rebecca Stratton of Otsego; grandchildren, Brandon, Joshua, Marshall, Brenna and Benjamin; several great -grandchildren; siblings, Linda (Dene) Hadden, Richard (Terri) Story; Aunt, Margaret Weipert and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Contributions in memory of Kathy may be made to the South West Michigan Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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

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  1. Ed Michaels says:

    Dave and family, Sending prayers for strength during this sad time. I remember Kathy when I first arrived in Otsego. She helped me to get acquainted with the class of 64.May God keep His arms around you. Ed and Linda Michaels

  2. Josephine Pape says:

    Dear Dave and family, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
    I don’t believe that I ever encountered Kathy that she didn’t have a smile on her face. She was always kind, and had a great sense of humor.
    God must have needed another nurse, who was an Angel as well.

  3. Robert Morrison says:

    You were the best neighbors a family could ask for. I’m at a loss for words. We’ll see you soon.

  4. Gary Morris says:

    Kathy was a great classmate and terrific neighbor. She was always positive and a wonderful person to be around. The world is a sadder place without her.

  5. Diana Gleason Holton says:

    Hi, Todd and family thinking of all of you. May your memories together always be close at hand. God bless you all.

  6. Jayne Saucedo Stamurs says:

    Dear Mr. Stratton and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I loved Kathy’s beautiful smile and how she gleamed when asked about her grand children. Sending you all of you my hugs!

  7. Rhonda (Marks) Kucynda says:

    Dear Dave and family, I am so sorry to hear about the death of Kathy. I know she was a compassionate person and that your family and everyone who knew her will miss her greatly. I always enjoyed her Christmas card with the latest news of your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time.

  8. Linda Mortensen says:

    Dave and family. Words can’t express the saddness that I feel right now. Keep all the memories you’ve made close to your hearts, they will help you get thru this difficult time.

  9. Joe and Lana says:

    Dear Dave and family, Please know that we are with you in thought and prayers even though we are far away. Our deepest sympathy. We will always cherish the good times shared. Joe and Lana

  10. Sherry and Ken Schumaker says:

    We were so sad to hear the news of Kathy being ill and then passing away. Her family and mine have been intertwined for so many years that we are so sad for your loss. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to all of you, but rejoicing that Kathy is in God’s hands and feeling well, and visiting with her parents again..God bless all of you.

  11. Mike & Linda Stone says:

    Linda and I are very sad to hear of Kathy passing away. She was a wonderful and very kind person and even though she was taken from us, the memories we have of her will live on. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Dave and the entire family. All of you are in out thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace, Kathy, and God Bless You.

  12. Sue Knight says:

    Our Hearts are broken to here about Kathy I have so many fun memories the Bowling trips Cards Up north trips many more with the Family Hugs and Prayers to the Family ❤️

  13. Joan Walters says:

    Dave and family

    So sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. Her smile could always light up a room. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Mary (Wilbur)Eberstein says:

    Sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. Thoughts and prayers for her family and friends. May she be remembered as a sweet and kind person.

  15. Susan Andrie says:

    Todd and Family, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Susan (Frost) Andrie

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  17. Judy and Mike Versalle says:

    Dear Stratton family,
    We were blessed to work with Kathy for many years at KPH. Her kindness, compassion and caring for not only the patients but also for us, her “work family” was so very appreciated, and such a wonderful example of how to truly care for each other.
    We will remember her in our hearts with her beautiful smile.
    God bless your entire family.

  18. Martha Schinderle says:

    I remember Kathy as a student nurse at Bronson when she worked with me on one of the units. She was kind , compassionate and her smile made a lifetime impression on me. I worked at the state hospital from 1963-1966,too. We would see each other in passing when shopping and enjoyed catching up. Treasure your memories of a lovely person.

  19. William and Linda Tiefenbach says:

    Kind and gracious, Kathy was a wonderful friend, coworker, nurse and spirit. She loved willingly and generously. Best wishes to her family.

  20. John Pullen says:

    Dave and family I was saddened to hear of Kathy’ Passing .kathy was a wonderful lady who was loved by many.
    My most sincere condolences.

  21. April Woodard says:

    My heartfelt feelings are being shared in loss of your soulmate, and love Kathy. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Kathy but it is my hope that her and Michael are rejoicing in Heaven and sharing stories of you guy’s golfing antics. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family to share memories and your love for her. May God bless you all with peace.

  22. Tom and Carol Pillars says:

    Tom and I are so sorry for your loss. She was a great person. Prayers for the family.

  23. Joy koehn-hepst says:

    What a sweet heart through and through- worked years with her at KPH-what a surprise- just saw he not to long ago at our eye doctor- she looked great-She loved her family so much-I am so sorry for your loss

  24. Bunny LaDuke says:

    So sorry to hear about Kathy’s illness and passing. She was a wonderful person, and we shared some good times when we were young and some difficult times through our bouts with breast cancer. Lois and Kathy both provided great comfort and strength to women over the years in the Borgess Pipp “Just Ours” Breast Cancer Support Group and as volunteers and participants in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Kathy will be greatly missed by many, and we will dearly cherish our memories of her.

  25. Deanna Hinkle says:

    So sad to learn of Kathy’s passing. She was one of my best friends in high school. Not only did we share a birthday, but we shared many fun times together.

    She will truly be missed by everyone who knew her.

  26. Leslie Dixon says:

    So sorry to hear this sad news. I worked with Kathy at KPH, she was a great coworker and wonderful nurse. Condolences to the family.

  27. Elizabeth Howell says:

    To the Stratton family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find strength in all of your wonderful memories of Kathy and may you find peace.

  28. Larry Hagg says:

    I had the pleasure of working for and with Kathy over the years at KPH. So many times she was the voice of calm and reason when things went south. Kathy was quite compassionate and very good and fair to staff and the patients. KPH is a VERY tough place to work and keep your head on straight. Kathy handled it quite well. What a great soul, who gained so much in this lifetime…….well done!

  29. Jean Prandine says:

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I have fond memories of working with Kathy at KPH, she was a great co-worker and very nice person. My condolences to her family.

  30. Mick (Ash) Sorenson says:

    I am so sad to hear of Kathy’s passing. We grew up together, trotting between houses on the 200 block of Franklin Street. So many great memories ingrained in my heart. Thoughts and prayers to Dave and the whole family at this trying time.

  31. Tom and theora karns says:

    My husband just told me and I’m in shock!! I loved Kathy so, so much !!! She was a wonderful Christian example to me . She mentored me and her staff was very important to her. I knew when she gave me advise , it was from her honest heart! I respected her for her character, how she treated others, she would endlessly talk about her family, in a way that made me feel like my family too. She was so , so proud of Dave , her children, her mother, and grandchildren ! No words to describe her goodness or her beautiful legacy!

  32. Mary Condit says:

    I was saddened to learn of Kathy’s passing. I worked with her for many years at KPH and she was always one of the bright spots, no matter how difficult the day might become. Her calm demeanor, cheerful attitude, and common-sense handling of some very problematic situations made her a favorite to work with. My condolences go out to her family for their great loss.

  33. Sandie Gilbert LoPresto says:

    Dave and family please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy will be missed by all that knew her.

  34. Marykay carpenter says:

    David becky todd chad and family im very sad that kathy passed away and that shes up heaven with my Dad and aunt she was like a mom to me she was my neihbor mom when we grew up all togerther.i will see you soon hugs!!!!!

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