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Kathryn Claire Theis

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Kathryn Claire Theis Obituary
Theis, Kathryn Claire "KC"

"Take care of each other" was a firm belief of Kathryn Claire Theis, 61, of Madison, WI, who died early Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Santa Monica, CA, while visiting her daughter, Eleanor "Nora" Nett. She is now pure love and joy, and we are here taking care of each other in her stead.

Kathryn (Kate or K.C.), was born at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac on Sept. 24, 1952, the daughter of Lavern and Patricia (Bostwick) Klinzing. On December 17, 1973, she married James Nett, who preceded her in death in 1988. K.C. married Thomas "Touse" Theis on May 2, 1990, who also preceded her in death in 2001.

One of 10 children, K.C. graduated from L.P. Goodrich High School in 1970 and from the Madison Area Technical College in 1972. She was awarded a bachelor's degree (CPA) from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. K.C. went on to earn a law degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School, then later earned a master of liberal arts degree in creation spirituality at Naropa University Oakland.

Early in her business career, she worked as an X-ray technician in Madison; owned and operated Netts and Rackets tavern in Fond du Lac; worked as an internal auditor at Banc-Corp in Milwaukee in 1985 until she began law school. She was an adjunct professor at Marian College from January, 1994-1996; owned the Blue Heron Bookstore, and worked as K.C. Theis, Attorney at Law, in Fond du Lac for more than a decade. After moving to Los Angeles, K.C. served as CFO for the Mary Lind Recovery Centers from September 2002 until September 2011. Upon returning to Wisconsin, she owned and operated K.C. Theis Business Services, LLC, in Fond du Lac. She was also a sales associate for Roberts Homes & Real Estate and a managing member at Caballero & Co. Productions in Los Angeles.

She authored two books: "The Cleansing," (1998), and "Tell Me Another One, Nana," (2013) an Amazon e-book of short stories for children.

K.C. was a member of the Badger Alumni Association, the V.F.W., the Fond du Lac Center for Spirituality and Healing, and the Self Realization Fellowship in Pacific Palisades, CA.

K.C. enjoyed experiencing the world through travel, education, writing, creating art and merriment. She loved holding children, watching sunsets, sharing stories with friends and spending time with family. There was nothing that gave her life more meaning than being supportive of those she loved and kind to all she met. Her spirit indomitable, her laughter infectious, she left those who shared her presence better off for having encountered it.

K.C. is survived by her daughters, Eleanor Nett, of Los Angeles, CA and Carrie Theis, of Fond du Lac; a son, Eric (Cody) Theis, of Madison; and grandson, August Theis, also of Madison. She is further survived by her siblings: Corliss Hartge Klinzing, of Madison; Kurt (Peggy) Klinzing, of Boston; Sally Klinzing and Mary Klinzing, of Fond du Lac; Joe (Shelly) Klinzing, of The Villages, FL; Dodie Berg, of Sheboygan; Beth Grandbois, Moorhead, MN; John (Donna) Klinzing, of Fort Myers Beach, FL: David (Sylvia) Klinzing, of Singapore; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins, and friends, a number of whom she embraced as children of her own.

She was preceded in death by James Nett, Thomas Theis, her parents, Patty and Vern Klinzing, cousin Julie Meress, niece Carlina Klinzing and a number of close aunts and an uncle.

A visitation for K.C. Theis will be held Wednesday, April 2, at Zacherl's Funeral Home from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with a memorial service immediately following. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn.

In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to bring plants or donate to the Fond du Lac Center for Spirituality and Healing, 74 S. Main St., Fond du Lac, WI. K.C.'s children also request that, in her honor, you go forth in your own life with an abundance of kindness and laughter.

"I smell you in the ocean breeze and see you in every sunset of every day. I feel you in each flower I touch as I pass by, and hear you in the laughter of others - especially children." (Eleanor Nett)

Zacherl Funeral Home is serving the family.

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter from Mar. 28 to Apr. 1, 2014
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