Kathlyn Frances Kermeen entered her heavenly home on Saturday, November 7, 2020 after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Hester (Soeters) Kermeen and Harold Kermeen, her beloved Aunt Margaret and Uncle Joe Corrigan, Aunt Jean and Bob Soeters and her great nephew Landon. Kathy was born on January 20, 1948 and raised in Middleville where she lived in her childhood home almost her whole life. She attended Grand Valley State University where she obtained her teaching degree. She seemed to know just what she was meant to do. She wanted to follow in her mother Hester’s footprints and become a bright beacon in this world as a teacher. Kathy was a kindergarten/first grade teacher for 35 years and she was loved by her students. In 1994, Kathy was honored to be named “one of Best Teachers in America”. Each year a new school year would start and each year she was ready to welcome them into her classroom. She helped out with the band and even went to Disney World with the high school band as they performed there. She also could be seen at recess, on the buses, working while eating her lunch, or huddled down doing the next craft with her students. Teaching came naturally to her and it was a joy and privilege to her to be shaping future generations. She will be lovingly remembered by her sisters, Susan (Randy) Kehr, Patricia Heldt; nieces, Karen Kehr, Elizabeth (Brandon) Fannon, Julie Kehr, Maureen (Chris) Heldt, and Mallory Heldt; nephews, David (Janet) Kehr, Michael (Tracy) Kehr, Brian Kehr, and Daniel (Heather) Heldt; great nephews, Gavin Kehr and Nash Fannon; great nieces, Sophie Kehr, Piper and Margot Schumaker, Emily and Mariah Anderson, Adaline Fannon; stepmother, Janet Kermeen; many cousins and close friends. Friends and relatives may meet with the family on Wednesday, November 11 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home in Middleville. A funeral service for Kathy will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the Middleville United Methodist Church. The family encourages you to join them virtually on the funeral home’s website at 1:00 PM. Interment Mt. Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Middleville United Methodist Church or Spectrum Health Hospice. Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to share a memory or leave a condolence message for Kathlyn’s family.
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