Katherine "Kay" Stemkoski, age 87, of Mackinaw City passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at the Hospice House in Cheboygan. She was born July 31, 1931 in Detroit, the daughter of Francis "Frank" and Margaret (Lehr) Victor.
Kay graduated from Holy Redeemer High School in Detroit and landed a job with Cadillac Motors as a secretary.
On June 13, 1953 Kay married George B. Stemkoski of Riggsville at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Detroit. They moved to Mackinaw City in 1960 and started Kathy’s Corner hotdog stand and more recently, the Fort Restaurant and Gift Shop. Later she became a bank teller for Cheboygan Bank (now PNC), and finally a secretary for the Mackinac Island State Park Commission where she retired in 1996.
Kay was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Council of Catholic Women. She enjoyed following world, national and local politics, bird watching, reading mystery novels, playing cards, especially Euchre at the Indian River, Cheboygan and Mackinaw City Senior Centers. Kay loved her dog Casey, they traveled everywhere together, always in the front seat of the car!
Kay's mission in life was to live life to the fullest and for the past 38 years, to help others as "A friend of Bill W".
Survivors include her daughter, Frances Stemkoski and her son, Paul (Victoria) Stemkoski, both of Mackinaw City, her brother, Charles Victor of Mt. Dora, FL, four grandchildren, Elizabeth Wakulat, Jason Carlson, Matthew Stemkoski and Andrew Stemkoski, four great grandchildren, Kelly, Emily and Catie Wakulat and Easton Carlson (with one on the way) and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert (Gloria) Victor and her sisters-in-law, Maureen and Ann Victor.
Visitation will take place at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 7, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, August 8 at 11:00 AM, also at the church, with Rev. Paul Megge and Sister Chris Herald, OP officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Council of Catholic Women.
Arrangements are being handled by the Nordman-Christian Funeral Home.