Kathleen M. “Kathy” Seilheimer, of New Auburn, died on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, after a short time at the Cornell Area Care Center after dealing with cancer for 6 and one-half years.
Kathy was born on Feb. 8, 1944 to Charles and Kathleen A. (Grove) Seilheimer in Chicago, Ill. She attended a one-room schoolhouse on Long Lake and graduated from New Auburn High School in 1962. She graduated from Eau Claire State Teachers College in 1966, later earning a master’s degree from UW-Eau Claire.
She grew up at the family resort on Clear Lake and enjoyed waterskiing with the summer neighbor kids. Her first two years of teaching were in Rockford, Ill. and then she settled into her 32-year career at Palatine High School in Illinois. She taught biology and math, including A.P. and the gifted and talented program, before retiring in 2001. She also taught for a few years at McHenry County Community College night school.
With summers off she was able to travel extensively. She made several trips to Europe, often chaperoning high school student groups. She also went on a photo safari in Africa and took a nephew to the Galapagos Islands.
Kathy was a talented seamstress, cook, woodworker and basket weaver.
After retirement she returned to rural New Auburn and she had more time for community involvement. She served on the New Auburn School Board and was president. She also headed the New Auburn branch of the Bloomer-New Auburn Food Pantry. She was the chief election official for Rusk Township in Rusk County. She was a longtime member of Island Chain of Lakes Association and more than one Red Hat group.
Kathy had strong opinions, was generous with her talents, related well to her students and inspired them to continue their educations, and valued her many friendships.
She was preceded in death by her father, “Charlie” in 1971; her mother, “Sunny” in 2002; her brother, Allen in 2005.
She is survived by her nephews, Titus (Amy Fettes) Seilheimer of Manitowoc, Jacob (Megan Yaple) Seilheimer of Manchester, N.H.; grandnephews, Tor and Leif Seilheimer of Manitowoc and sister-in-law, Sandra Hatch Seilheimer of New Auburn.
The family would like to thank her extensive medical team at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake for their continued care and support.
Memorials may be directed to the Bloomer-New Auburn Food Pantry or the Community Foundation of Chippewa County designated for the New Auburn School District Ehrhard Scholarship Pass-Through Fund.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in New Auburn. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial will take place at a later date at St. Francis Assisi Cemetery in Rusk County.
Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services of Bloomer is serving the family. To offer online condolences visit, www.thompsonfuneralhome.com.