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Kathryn M. Briese

Kathy passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born June 10, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Arthur and Dorothy (Marshall) Gee. Kathy enjoyed trips to Wal-Mart and being part of the PTA when her children were younger. She was lovable and “real” and enjoyed her community activities, being grandma Katie and making people laugh.

Surviving are her children, Jerry (Molly) Gee of Colorado, Joe (Jessica) Ablan of Richland and Bridgit Ablan of Missouri; 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild and her brother, James.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Mike Briese; son, Gregory; grandson, Justin and siblings Gary, Tom, Pat and Florence.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Kathy’s family from 1:00 P.M., Sunday, July 7, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the memorial service at 3:00 P.M. with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

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Yvonne Earle

June 28, 2019 at 9:51 am

I just known Kath the last two years, but she was so much fun . Lots of laughs. R.I.P. kathy . Miss you. Prayers for the famiies. So sorry for your lost. Yvonne Earle.


Nancy cole

June 28, 2019 at 11:17 am

Me and my son daughter granddaughter, grandson just loved kathy she was full of joy she will be dearly missed So very sorry for your loss my heart goes out to you and your family! ❤️ Nancy Cole and family!


Marilyn Hecker

June 28, 2019 at 1:39 pm

I had the pleasure of working with Kathy for many years in St. Louis. She was fun and a joy to be around! I’m so sorry for your loss!


Sherita Gober

June 28, 2019 at 2:31 pm

Kathy was a fun person and I am sorry to hear about her passing.


Debra Harbin

June 28, 2019 at 7:55 pm

Me and Kat go way back. Good times, bad times. We buried babies almost at the same time, our husbands were best friends and our kids grew up together. Such a legacy to leave behind ! Give everyone a hug for me kiddo and enjoy the peace! Tell Mitch hey and give him a hug for me.


Bernie Bahn

June 28, 2019 at 10:38 pm

I worked with Kathy for many years. She was very dependable and genuinely cared about her customers. Kathy never hesitated to provide any support that was needed. And she could surprise with a pretty clever joke at times. May God bless you and your family.


Jessica Ablan

June 28, 2019 at 11:14 pm

I’ll miss my favorite Mother in Law! No matter what we could always laugh and have a good time. Rest In Peace Kathy thank you for being a wonderful Grandma to my babies they will miss you dearly.



June 28, 2019 at 11:39 pm

Jerry, Molly and family,

I send prayers, hugs and thoughts to you all. I’m so sorry to learn of your loss.

I hope you find a smile here and there with all the memories you’ve shared.


DeAnna, Kirstin and Hannah


P Cars

June 28, 2019 at 11:54 pm

I’m sorry to hear this.I really enjoyed ringing her up at Wal-Mart… either at a check out lane or at the service desk.She will be missed.


Ryan Ewing

June 29, 2019 at 6:54 pm

Joe,Jerry and Molly I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother…..she was a very good friend of my dad(Roger Ewing)…..I remember getting to know her when i lived with my dad temporarily and she was so much fun to be around and she definitely enjoyed trips to Walmart when I took her….she will definitely be missed RIP Kathy see you on the other side


Gayle L. Veld-Sanders

June 30, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Molly Jerry and Family,

I am in shock. I lost contact with Kathy when I moved out of the apartments. I seen her about 3 or 4 months ago, but she always had a story and a smile. Funny how we always think someone is going to be there, I will miss her very much. Prayers to you all.


Beth Arrasmith

July 7, 2019 at 1:53 pm

I am sorry for the family’s loss. I have been her friend for 10 years and will miss her so much. She made me laugh, gave me endless hugs and always told me she loved me. Rest in peace my friend. You were loved.



July 9, 2019 at 12:22 am

Mom, it was so nice to see so many family and friends visit Sunday in memory of you, what many did not see was how loving and caring you were for us kids all our years growing up, you could make us laugh at any given moment, you were a great Mom and I will miss you the rest of my life, I Love You


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