Kathy I. (Poirier) Willis

Published 9:25 am Friday, February 22, 2019

Feb. 11, 1953 – Feb. 20, 2019

Kathy I. (Poirier) Willis, 66, passed away at 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in the Center for Hospice Care, South Bend.

Kathy was born on Feb. 11, 1953, in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, to Robert and Ruth Ellen (Vertz) Poirier. Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Robert; brother, Duane; and sister, Amy.

Kathy I. (Poirier) Willis

On Dec. 11, 1971, in Berrien Springs, Kathy married Jim Willis. They were married by her father, Robert, who was Pastor of Grace Brethren Church at the time.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters, Abby (Corey) Fietzek, and Sonja Lenox; mother, Ruth Ellen; grandchildren, Tanner, Jayci, Ian, Madelynn, Alec and Jonathon; great-grandchildren, Oaklee, and Whitney; and sisters, Vicky, Shelly, Laurie and Lavonne.

Kathy loved making cards, scrapbooking and Longaberger Baskets. She made many trips on the motorcycle, with her husband, Jim, up to the UP to visit home and then she would ride her bicycle across the bridge and a visit to Kilwin’s Ice Cream. Kathy and Jim had dinner every Thursday with friends at Hilltop in Buchanan. Most of all Kathy loved spending time with her family and friends.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Halbritter Wickens Funeral Home, 615 E. Main St., Niles. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Hope Community Church 2390 Lake St., Niles, where family and friends may gather one hour prior to the Service.

Condolences for the family may be made at halbritterwickens.com.