5018 Alpine Avenue
Comstock Park, MI 49321
Phone: 616-785-3863
Fax: 616-785-5251

This Book of Memories memorial website is designed to be a permanent tribute paying tribute to the life and memory of Kathy Giem. It allows family and friends a place to re-visit, interact with each other, share and enhance this tribute for future generations. We are both pleased and proud to provide the Book of Memories to the families of our community.

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Condolence From: Michelle Welch
Condolence: As I think of Kathy, a flood of tears comes welling up and pouring out. The tears are of gratitude for the blessing of being able to know her even if only for a couple years; tears of joy that she knows the Lord and that she is no longer in pain; tears of sadness because I will sincerely miss seeing her this side of Heaven; and tears of lament that I didn’t spend more time with her or contacting her. Oh, that beautiful soul, that loving spirit, that kind and joyful smile! What a lovely person, inside and out!

I met Kathy only a couple years ago; and while the depth of our instant friendship made it feel like I had known her an entire lifetime, I would have loved to have met her sooner and known her longer. She truly was an instant friend. From our first introduction: we laughed, we cried, we opened all sorts of windows into our lives, she spoke wisdom and insight; and by the end of the night, I knew she would be someone who would remain dear to my heart. From that time on, every interaction I ever had with her was seasoned with joy.

Kathy had a tremendous capacity to love and care for others more than herself. Every time we saw one another, she would greet me with a grand welcome that left me feeling so very special. When she asked how I was, I felt like she truly cared to know. When I asked how she was, she would share a little of what was giving her pain but then would quickly dismiss it and express joy about something. I have never seen a person focus so much on joy in the midst of pain. She was an inspiration. The light of and love and joy of the Lord within her shined through her kind smile, her compassionate eyes, and her sincere conversation. I miss her already. I am thankful for her and her example; and I hope to live and love and shine brighter.

Today is somber, but not without hope and joy. I had planned, and made arrangements, to attend Kathy’s visitation yesterday and her funeral today; but the weather wasn’t cooperative at the time of making the call to leave home. It doesn’t feel right not being there. I grieve not seeing her more in this life. I grieve not being present to support others who are missing her. I grieve not attending the celebration of her life and the beginning of her life in eternity with our Lord. Amidst all of this grief, I am reminded to have joy: joy in in the memories and precious moments shared; joy in the example set and the inspiration given; joy in the challenge to live with more joy in light of love and the hope of the glory of Christ, no matter the circumstances; joy that the fulfillment of this hope is Kathy’s new, eternal reality; and joy that because of hope in Christ Jesus, I will see her again and our see Lord & Savior face-to-face.

The decision not to attempt the drive to Kathy’s funeral was not made lightly. I have been very emotional all morning. As tears continue to well up, my dear little girl compassionately offers to hold me and comfort me, saying that she’s sorry that I’m sad about my friend. Her compassionate eyes and sweet spirit make me think of Kathy; and then I smile and cry to think how dear she was and how she too would want to offer her caring sympathy. I imagine that if I were able to talk to Kathy about all of this, she would say, “Oh Michelle. Don’t worry about me. You stay home safe with that sweet little one. I’m alright.” My heart aches and smiles at the thought. I am deeply thankful for her beautiful compassion; and I miss her already.

Thank you, Jesus, for the hope of no more sorrow, no more pain, and no more absence from you and our loved ones who have, by grace through faith, been adopted into your family for eternity.
Tuesday April 17, 2018
Condolence From: Noel & Nancy Miller
Condolence: What can be said about such an amazing woman. She was the sunshine in Brian's life and the best mother and grandmother. As our friend there will never be any one like her. She was the strongest & most compassionate person. Her faith was always there guiding her thru all her journeys until her final day. I'm sure that her reward is great and her voice will be so sweet in her heavenly home
Monday April 16, 2018
Condolence From: Katie Jolman
Condolence: It was such an honor to be apart of Kathy's journey. I enjoyed all of our visits together and getting to know Kathy. She always seemed to have a smile on her face no matter the situation. Bryan and family, my heart aches for you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Monday April 16, 2018
Condolence From: Michele Niles
Condolence: I worked with Kathy at Gaslight Family Med and day next to her in the tight office in the back. I so enjoyed getting to know her and talking with her. She had the kindest heart and loved her family so very much! She made everyone feel like you were the most important person she knew. I feel very blessed to know her. Blessings to you all to ease your sadness and prayers for her sweet soul in heaven.
Saturday April 14, 2018
Condolence From: Mark and Becky O'Reilly
Condolence: Kathy was a very special person and Heaven has received a great gift in her! We are praying for all of you!!
Saturday April 14, 2018
Condolence From: Marianne Bohn
Condolence: I had the pleasure of working with Kathy at Rockford im/peds where she was a coder. She was so kind and VERY helpful with my coding mishaps. I ran into her at Birds meat market and she was SO excited to tell me all about her new home in Florida. She was just as sweet as ever and excited to hear about what was going on in my life. Her warm kindness will never be forgotten by me.
Saturday April 14, 2018
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