Mary Kathleen Grigsby

Mary Kathleen Grigsby

Mary Kathleen “Kathie” passed away Thursday, September 4, 2015 at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

She was born April 7, 1949 in Allegan the daughter of John and Matilda (Wesaw) Shagonaby. Kathie had been a student at WMU and had also been a home health care worker for many years. She was a member of the Gun Lake Tribe of Potawatomi Indians. Kathie loved animals of all kinds, especially her dog Riley. On October 2, 1981 she married Kurtis Grigsby who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Maureen Shagonaby of East Lansing and Codie (Nora) Grigsby of Wyoming; her niece and nephew, John and Jill Shagonaby; sister-in-law, Jane Shagonaby and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Douglas and John Shagonaby.

Friends may visit with Kathie’s family Tuesday, September 8, 2015 from 4-8 the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Oakwood Cemetery in Allegan.

Contributions in memory of Kathie may be made to the Allegan County Humane Society.

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  1. Jeff and Elvira Jones says:

    Maureen, May the perpetual light shine upon your beautiful mother. Jeff, Jeffrey and I send our condolences. Although I only met your mom once, I felt like we had a great friendship on FB. I am confident that her spirit is now free and she is no longer in pain. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time in your life. xoxoxoxo

  2. Natalie Wright says:


    My heart aches for you and your family. Your love for Kathie was really something special, something you don’t see every day. I just want you to know that my thoughts are with you as you grieve the passing of your wife. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  3. Shelley Jager-Ladd says:

    I was so shocked to read of Kathie’s passing. She was a wonderful person to work with. Such a kind and loving heart. I pray your memories will help you through this difficult time. Thoughts and Prayers are with you.

  4. MSU swimming says:

    Maureen, all of us at MSU swimming and diving pass along our sincere condolences to you and your family. God Bless

  5. Frank and Nola says:

    Sorry for your families loss. PRAYERS for the whole family. She was a quiet and kind lady.

  6. Darlene Woolf-Wagner says:

    I am so very sorry for the loss of Kathie, I was surprised to find out about her passing. She will be greatly missed by many, and her bright light in the hearts of those who knew her best will keep the memory of her and all she has done for those around her. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, I have known the Shagonaby family the majority of my life. It is always difficult to say good-bye to a good person and kind heart.

  7. Lois Heckman says:

    Dear Kurt and family
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your wife. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  8. Janet & Lenny Rubenstein says:

    Denise set us an E-mail regarding the passing of your Mother. We are so very sorry for your loss and want to extend our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great sorrow…

    Sincerely, Jan & Lenny

  9. Mari Comer says:

    Kurt, Maureen, Codie, Nora,
    Blessings and prayers for the entire family.
    my family sends its warmest and thoughtful condolences to your family. You are always and forever in our thoughts and prayers.
    Kathie a great and wonderful woman, we loved to joke around and loved that we always were grateful for everything Creator has given us. A woman who always helped others and her family. I will truly miss this great woman who gave me so much in the last 16 years that I have come to know her.
    Continued prayers for all the Kathie family!
    Mari and family

  10. Adam Davis says:

    Monica and I are so sorry for your loss. You have continued to be in our thoughts and prayers as you get through these difficult times. Should there be anything we can do, dont’ hesitate to ask.

    Adam and Monica

  11. Jim Cotter says:

    Maureen — As you and I have discussed in the past, those we love most never truly leave us, we simply need to listen more intently to hear them and look more closely to see them. You will connect with your Mom in the days ahead through the beauty of a sunrise or sunset and in the kind actions of others. God Bless you my friend. You have provided us all with an example of how we should care for our parents.

  12. Gun Lake Tribal Gaming Commission says:

    I give you this one thought to keep, I am with you still I do not sleep
    I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle Autumn rain,
    When you awaken in the mornings hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night…

    Do not think of me as Gone for I am with you still in each new Dawn

    With Warmest Regards,
    Your friends and family at the Gun Lake Tribal Gaming Commission

  13. Amanda Wright and Judith Gordon says:

    Kathie was a wonderful woman she will be greatly missed. We send our love and our prayers to you. With love Mandy and Judie.

  14. Judie Gordon says:

    Kathie was a wonderful person and a very loving person. I was glad that we were cousins. Now she is with the Angels and at peace. My heart goes out to her children, Maureen and Cody, and her husband Kurt. I will keep you in my prayers. Love to all.


  15. John McKinney says:

    Kurt and family,
    I was so sorry to here of your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    John McKinney and family

  16. Ann Stough says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Kathy for years. She was one of the kindest people I know. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends. She will be missed by everyone that knew her.

  17. Kate Geniac says:

    Kurt, Mo, and Codie,

    So sad and sorry to hear of Kathie’s passing. She was a gem! I have fond memories of working with her and will remember her quiet but keen sense of humor and contagious laugh.

    May the pain you feel now soon give way to memories of her that will comfort you and make you smile. You will never lose the love she had for you.

    Thinking of you all and remembering her,


  18. Mignon Clark says:

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. Please take comfort in knowing that our heavenly Creator will soon remove all pain, sorrow and death forever! May this promise as recorded at Revelation 21:3,4 help you gain some strength and inner peace to cope with the days ahead. – Philippians 4:13
    Mignon Clark

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