Kathi, age 89, passed away June 29, 2016. She was born on January 1, 1927, in Botschar, Serbia, to Josef and Josephine Molitor. She spent her childhood and part of her teen years in Botschar, the “Banat” Province, with her mom and dad and two sisters Magdelena and Teresa.
In October of 1944, Kathi and her parents were forced to flee their home as a result of the Russian front moving into her homeland. The “Donauschwabian” flight is well documented in European history. In May of 1945, Kathi and her entire family were reunited in Passau, Germany.
In January of 1948, Kathi married Ratomir Dimitrijevic. Through the Red Cross project Kathi and her husband came to Eaton Rapids, MI, in 1950 working for a local dairy farmer. Once they had completed their work in Eaton Rapids, they moved to Lansing. Through hard work and determination, Kathi and Ratomir were able to purchase their first home in Lansing. They raised three children there.
In 1965, Kathi secured work as a dorm cook at MSU. She went on to retire from MSU with the distinction of personally cooking for several of the MSU presidents at the Cowles House on campus.
During retirement, Kathi remained busy helping her family, traveling to Europe on several occasions to visit with friends and family, and continued to bake in her kitchen at home. Many tasty meals were made for neighbors, family and friends, and anyone else who loved good food.
Kathi was endowed with a remarkable will to survive and find success in her life. While tough, she was an inspiration to all of us. She will be missed by her family.
Kathi is survived by her three children, Alex, Marie, and Phil (Cindy); her granddaughter, Nicolette (Chris) Rossi; and her great-grandson, Cameron. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ratomir.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.