Schiller, Kathleen "Kathy' Ann
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Kathleen "Kathy" Ann Schiller, daughter of Richard Fredrick Esser and Rita Jane (Elsen) Schiller, was born June 10, 1954 in Marshfield, Wis. She grew up in Vesper, Wis. on a farm until her father passed away. She and the family then moved to Pittsville, where she graduated from high school.
Kathy met the love of her life, James Roger Schiller, while in high school and became sweethearts. They were united in marriage on April 15, 1972 and were blessed with five children, James Richard, David Bradley, Eric Donald, Mandy Melanie and Jennifer Lynn.
Jim joined the military and Kathy and the family began living the military life. They traveled the world and were able to see many places. They eventually found themselves at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in 1988. After Jim retired from the military in 1995, Jim's job took them back to Germany and Kathy worked at the Lundsthul Regional Medical Center from 1998 - 2001. They came back to Fort Leonard Wood, where she worked full time at the hospital as a certified medical records coding specialist.
In her spare time, Kathy loved to work in her flower gardens. She was an avid reader and was a self-taught artist in watercolors. She enjoyed being with her family and friends and her world was centered on her home. She treasured those times spent with her family, especially the grandchildren.
Kathy passed away at 10:40 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, peacefully in her home after an extended battle with breast cancer. She was a beloved wife, mother and Oma and will be sadly missed by all those that knew and loved her.
Kathy leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 41 years, Jim Schiller of the home; mother, Rita Schiller, Pittsville, Wis.; three sons, James Schiller (Lisa), Lebanon, Mo.; David Schiller (Dawn), Waynesville, Mo.; and Eric Schiller (Melissa), Sturgis, Ky.; two daughters, Mandy Wortley and Jennifer Ford (Eric), all of St. Robert, Mo.; two sisters, Theresa Kohls, Nekoosa, Wis. and Rita Esser, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; four brothers, Francis Esser, Lindsey, Wis.; James Esser and Joseph Esser, both of Marshfield, Wis.; and David Esser, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; two stepbrothers, Mike Schiller, Pittsville, Wis.; and Ronald Schiller, Fargo, N.D.; three stepsisters, Judy Janzen, Oshkosh, Wis.; Dawn Fortier, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada; and Mary McMahon, Ohawa, Kan.; 14 grandchildren; one greatly anticipated great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Richard Esser; stepfather, John Schiller; one brother, Johnny Esser; and one sister, Bonnie Esser.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in the St. Joachim's Catholic Church of Pittsville, Wis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to be made in memory of Kathleen Schiller to help with Breast Cancer Research.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on June 19, 2013