Kathleen Bernadette Markel, age 67, of Lansing, MI, passed away June 1, 2015, at the Mother Teresa House in Lansing, MI. She was born on February 19, 1948, the daughter of James and Kathryn (Gremling) Watt.
Kathleen attended Michigan State University where she would earn her degree in Elementary Education and met her future husband Franz. She spent her entire teaching career in the Grand Ledge Public School system, which spanned 42 years and thousands of students in her classroom. Kathleen and Franz were married April 3, 1971, and shortly thereafter purchased their long-time home in Delhi Township. Kathleen enjoyed meeting new people and was lovingly referred to as the “Welcome Wagon” for her habit of introducing herself to new neighbors when they moved in. With her friendly nature and positive attitude she had a unique ability to turn someone she’d just met into a friend.
Kathleen dedicated many of her non-school hours to her children and later to her grandchildren. On top of these responsibilities she enjoyed sewing quilts, Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls, and calling or writing letters to friends and family.
Kathleen is survived by her children, Paul (Holly) Markel of Zeeland, Laura Miller of Cadillac; brothers, Jim (Jeanne) Watt, Timothy (Angie) Watt, Morgan (Sandy) Watt; sisters, Margaret (Bill) Blackmore, Mary Watt, and Pamela (Andy) Cooke; and grandchildren, Claire and Austin Miller and Daniel Markel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Franz; parents, James and Kathryn; and brothers, Thomas and John Watt.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3815 S. Cedar St., Lansing. The Rite of Committal will follow in Maple Ridge Cemetery in Holt. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday and from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to Mother Teresa House.