OBITUARIES — February 24, 2011


Mrs. Kathryn “Kay” Coleman, age 74, of Rockford passed away on February 15, 2011.

Kay was born in Fond du Lac , Wis. on St. Patrick’s Day 1936. After graduating from St. Mary’s Springs Academy High School, Kay studied business at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Kay enjoyed the cosmopolitan life in “Fondy,” tooling around in her MG, working at 1st National Bank. Then by chance, Jim, along with his friends, visited a restaurant in Fond du Lac, where he happened upon this beautiful lady by the name of Kay Ziegler. Jim was impressed and fascinated with her beautiful smile, wit (sometimes devilish), and bashful ways. They met in December and were married the next September.

Kay was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, where her family was one of the first founding families of the church. At first she volunteered at the church, and eventually her job became a full-time position. For over 20 years, Kay was at the church to help as school secretary. She was very precise and detailed. Later she worked for Sunrise Sports, while always being helpful to Jim with his business. Best of all, Kay was a wonderful wife, extremely proud mother of five, and grandmother.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jim, whom she married on September 12, 1959; her children, Kelly and Barb Coleman of Wheaton, Ill., Michael and Tammy Coleman of Grand Rapids, Dr. Gary B. Coleman of Perrysburg, Ohio, Diane and Dr. Tom Biggs of Clarkston, Christopher Coleman and Dr. Lindsay Ryerson of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; grandchildren, Andrew Biggs, Mitchell Biggs, Margot Ryerson Coleman, Graeme Ryerson Coleman, Maddison DeBaar, Jennifer Volkers, and Joe Schelling; brothers, Ron and Rosa Bannasch, and Ross and Jan Bannasch; nieces and nephews; and her adopted sister, Agnes

“Toots” Wingerter.

The mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Coleman was offered on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with the Rev. Tony Russo presiding. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. The Rosary was prayed on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Salvation Army, 1215 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503, or Alzheimer’s Association, 2944 Fuller Ave. NE, Suite 101, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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