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Kathleen  Chmielewski

Kathleen Mae Chmielewski (Schimke)

Thursday, December 18th, 1952 - Saturday, April 11th, 2020
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Kathleen Mae Chmielewski, age 67, of Manistee, passed away on Saturday April 11, 2020 at home.
She was born on December 18, 1952, daughter of the late Frank A. and Vivian M. (Ives) Schimke. She attended Manistee High School, graduating with the class of 1971. She then attended Grand Valley State University. Kathleen worked as a 5th grade teacher at Mason County Central for many years until she retired.
Kathleen was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and enjoyed shooting pool for many years on various teams and leagues and was an avid animal lover, especially her dogs.
Kathleen is survived by her children, Tonya (Tim) Swanson of Gowen, MI, Milo (Kelly) Fortier of Caledonia, MI, and Joshua (Holly) Fortier of Manistee; grandchildren, Luke and Jack Swanson, Zander, Cade and Rowan Fortier and Jenna and Jordyn Fortier; sister, Jean Schwerin of Manistee and special friend, Raymond Manke.
No service is planned at this time. Memorial contributions in memory of Kathleen may be directed to Homeward Bound Animal Shelter in Manistee.
Feel free to share a memory or photo with Kathleen’s family at The family has entrusted funeral arrangements with Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Manistee.
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Bob Spangler

Posted at 10:02am
Kathy and I taught Fifth Grade at Mason County Central for many years. We often shared the same children for different subjects and I saw the impact she made with many of the students. I would like her family to know she made an impact on many lives during her years at MCC.

Tonya Swanson Posted at 02:35pm

Thank you Bob for sharing the impact my mom made. She always spoke highly of her colleagues and she loved teaching and her students.

Jim Gundersen

Posted at 08:57pm
My condolences to Kathy’s family and friends. I taught with Kathy in 5th grade at Mason County Central for many years. Fifth grade was composed of 4 to 5 teachers who taught closely as a team. Kathy was caring and sincere about doing the best for our students. Our team was in many ways like a family. We supported and cared about each other. I have many fond memories of her. The last memory was surprising her at her hang out, The Jailhouse. Again, my condolences.

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