THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Kathleen A. Kilpela
Issue Date: November 8, 2018
Kathleen "Kathy" Ann (May) Kilpela, 66, of Iron Mountain, Mi., passed away Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at UP Healthsystem in Marquette, Mi., after complications from an extended illness.
Born Jan. 17, 1952 in Iron Mountain, Mi., to the late Edward and Joyce (Grenier) May, she grew up in Niagara and graduated from Niagara High School. On June 19, 1998, she married Gordon Kilpela and they were devoted partners and friends.
She loved gardening, was especially proud of her tomatoes which she grew and canned each year, enjoyed art and won a state fair award for one of her drawings. She also loved animals and had many dogs, birds and other pets through the years.
She is survived by her husband, Gordon; a son, Ryan Kilpela, Iron Mountain, Mi.; a brother, Bruce (Diane) May, La Crosse; a granddaughter, Calumet, Mi. and many nieces and nephews.
Private family visitation and a funeral service were held at Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain, Mi. Burial was held at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.