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“John and his "little fire cracker" John, My families heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your son. If there is anything we can do for you John or...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Chrissie Conery-Minella

“I do not know Kathy but I just wanted to tell John that I will be praying for him and that if there is anything I can do for you, let me know. ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: Sara Gauthier - Gwinn, MI

3 of 15 | Posted by: wayne/marilyn brooks

“My deepest sympathy to your entire family. I am a schoolmate of Kathy's. We shared many, many fun-filled evenings at the roller rink together as...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Tina Smith VandeZande

“To John and your dad, There are no words at this time. As you know, I recently went through loss myself. You were one of my best students and want...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Mary Jo Laken Paris - Gwinn, MI

“Dear Johnny, It's been such a long time. I remember a pretty little girl who was just so in love. I can't imagine the agony that took her from...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Patti Stryker - , MI

“Dear John, We are so sorry for your loss. I know how much Kathy meant to you, and you and your son are in our prayers. Call if you need anything. You...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Sherry and Rick Nutt Sr.

“John, We are so sorry for your loss. We did not know Kathy, but understand that she was a very special person. Our prayers are with you and your son. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Phil,Joyce, and Julie.Kirkwood

“John, It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Art & Lisa Sharkey - Gwinn, MI

“We are so sorry for your loss. Kathy was a beautiful person and we feel fortunate to have known her. We will cherish the memories we have of the...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: lisa and ken niemisto

“Dear John and John Jr., I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have such fond and special memories of Kathy. Please know that you are in my thoughts...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Colleen Archer - Antioch, CA

“To: John and son John, I would like to send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family from your NAPUS family. Sheree Smith, Area Director of...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Sheree Smith, Postmaster, Harris, NAPUS Area Director

“Dear John and family, Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you in this time of sorrow. Here is an Irish Blessing for you! "May Our Lady, who with a...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Bill and Eileen Curry

“John and family, We are so sorry to hear about Kathy. We will be home in Little Lake on Wednesday the 16th, if there is anything we can do to help...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Gary Borg - Berkley, MI

“My deepest sympathy to you and your family. We know John through our daughter at school and Kathy can be in peace knowing that she raised an Amazing...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Bridget - Gwinn, MI

Kathy Papciak, 45, of Gwinn, died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, July 10, 2008 at her home.

Kathy was born to Ruth and the late William J. Cleary on July 20, 1962 at St. Mary's Hospital in Marquette and was a 1980 graduate of Marquette Senior High School.

After graduation, Kathy enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving her country for three years at Fort Hood, Texas and Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

She was formerly employed at Continental Federal Savings Bank in Fairfax, Virginia as a jumbo loan processor. She was also employed at First of America Bank in Marquette as a loan secretary.

Her hobbies included a deep love for animals, especially cats. She loved the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys, enjoyed taking walks along the Lake Superior shoreline, reading, and swimming. Kathy was a big Ronald Reagan fan and was very proud of her Irish heritage.

Kathy's husband, son and her cat were the most important things in her life.

She is survived by her husband, John A. Papciak of Gwinn who she married on July 2, 1983 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette; one son, John W. Papciak of Gwinn; one sister, Paulette Paul Yelle of Overton, NV; two brothers, William J. Cleary and Robert Cleary both of Marquette; a brother-in-law, Timothy Sawyer of Sault Ste. Marie; two aunts, Joyce Chiri of Negaunee and Margaret Jeanson of Marquette; also several nieces, nephews, cousins and her beloved cat, Salem Tailey Arthur. Preceding her in death besides her father in 2001 was a sister, Constance Sawyer in 2007.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 15th at 3 p.m. at the U.P. Bible Camp, 430 Bible Camp Drive, Little Lake with Graham Martin and Rev. Ron Westman presiding. A reception for family and friends will take place at the Bible Camp immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to an education fund to be established for Kathy's son, John W. Papciak, P.O. Box 181, Little Lake, MI 49833 or to the Marquette County Humane Society, 84 Snowfield Road, Negaunee, MI 49866.

Kathy's obituary can also be viewed at where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.

The Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family.