Kathryn Muenzner Sullivan obituary 1924~2020


Kathryn Muenzner Sullivan was born to Alice Beck Muenzner and Dr. Richard John Muenzner on the 12th of October 1924. Kathryn was the eighth of nine children.

Kathryn Muenzner Sullivan
Kathryn Muenzner Sullivan

She grew up on Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee with summers spent on Big Cedar Lake near West Bend. Kathryn attended Holy Angels High School, Mount Mary College and Marquette University, where she studied occupational therapy.

In 1952 Kathryn married James Forrest Sullivan and had six children. Kathryn was a devout Catholic, a faith that helped her when her youngest child, David, died of Muscular Dystrophy in 1989.

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Kathryn was a very warm and elegant person, traits which were essential in her role assisting her husband, Jim, in his job as Vice President of Sales and Service for Briggs & Stratton. Briggs & Stratton encouraged Kathryn to travel extensively with Jim, throughout the US and Europe, meeting and entertaining Briggs & Stratton customers and their partners.

Kathryn raised her children with warmth and humor, always encouraging art, sports, education, music, and dancing. She had a beautiful voice, and could sing thousands of songs, never forgetting the lyrics. When she could relax with her family, Kathryn would dance around the kitchen singing some of the sillier songs in her repertoire.

She organized wonderful parties, played a great game of tennis, enjoyed golf and loved to sail. Kathryn often volunteered to help wildlife, be a guide for the local art gallery or give tours of historical homes.

Kathryn and Jim lived on Quivira Lake, KS; Pine Lake, Nashotah, WI; Kiawah Island, SC; Three Lakes, WI; and Fairfield, PA.

Kathryn is survived by her children Colleen Mortonson (Chris), Jim (Theresa), Susie Irving (Michael), Kari Buterbaugh (Rick) and John (Cathy), eighteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and her sister, Elizabeth Asztalos. Kathryn was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

Local arrangements were handled by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

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