JEFFERSON — Kathleen M. “Kathie” Arnold, 79, passed away on July 18, 2019, at Sunset Ridge in Jefferson.
She was born March 1, 1940, at the Watertown Hospital, the only child of Leander and Junice (Lein) Hauser.
Kathie attended the old St. John the Baptist Catholic School, and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1958 and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1962 with a degree in English and K-8 Education. She was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma and lived in the sorority house for several years.
She began her teaching career in Kenosha where she met her husband, Wayne H. Arnold, Sr. They were married in 1963. They welcomed Wayne Jr. in 1964 and Tina in 1966.
Kathie and Wayne moved to Jefferson where she began her career teaching seventh grade English at the old Jefferson Middle School. She taught in the School District of Jefferson for 34 years, retiring from full-time teaching in 1999.
She continued to substitute teach at St. John the Baptist Catholic School. She was a seventh-grade team leader at the Jefferson Middle School, officer in the Jefferson Education Association and served on the school council at St. John’s for many years. Many students still regard her as the most influential teacher in their lives.
She was passionate about education, mentoring future teachers, counseling numerous students through adolescence, and sponsoring countless individuals in the Alcoholics Anonymous program. She was a leader at the local AA meetings and proudly was sober for 33 years.
Kathie was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jefferson. She loved gardening, flowers, traveling — especially to Florida and the beach — adult coloring books, computer games, the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs and watching her grandchildren’s activities.
She will be deeply missed by her children, Wayne (Ann) Arnold of Jefferson and Tina (Pete) Kramer of Sullivan as well as her grandchildren, Jacob and Jenna Arnold, Hailey Kramer (special friend Nate Johnson), Amber Kramer and her son, Jaxon. She also will be missed by her stepfamily in Texas: Mary Arnold, Lee (Wendy) Arnold and their daughters Baylee and Riley; Blake Arnold and Melissa Arnold.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, in 1975; a special cousin, Douglas Jarlsberg; stepson, Jeff Arnold; and many members of the Lein and Hauser family.
Memorials may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish in Jefferson or St. John the Baptist Catholic School.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Coyle officiating. A private family burial will take place at a later date.
Visitation will be at the Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home in Jefferson on Tuesday, July 23, from 4 until 7 p.m., and then on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for the compassionate care provided by Rainbow Hospice Palliative Care and Hospice staff, Father Tom, and the staff at Sunset Ridge, her home for the last two months.
Visit www.schneidermichaelisfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence or light a candle in her memory.