Kathleen Kiefer
1966 - 2020

Kiefer, Kathleen I. "Kathy"

MADISON – Kathleen Irene "Kathy" Kiefer, at the very young age of 54, was taken home to be with her parents and our Lord, on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, due to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. Kathy was born with cerebral palsy on Dec. 14, 1966, in Madison, Wis., the daughter of Gerald and Irene (King) Kiefer.

Kathy never let her cerebral palsy slow her down. The word "can't" or "no" was never in her vocabulary. Kathy's mother, Irene, was her biggest cheerleader. If Kathy wanted or needed something, Irene would make it happen. When Kathy was a child, she was a poster child for the local Easter Seals Telethon. One of Kathy's favorite things was going to Easter Seals Camp WawBeek every summer. Kathy was a very social person, had a passion for "Rock-n-Roll" and enjoyed drawing and coloring. Kathy loved and adored her nephew, Alex, and niece, Elizabeth. Kathy was so proud of Alex when he wanted to take her to school for show and tell. Alex loved riding in the van with her and operating the lift. Kathy was so proud of the fact that she was Elizabeth's godmother and would tell anyone who would listen. Kathy loved animals; her last cat, Sandy, was her favorite.

Kathy graduated from LaFollette High School and worked for about 30 years for the City of Madison copying files first to microfiche and then to the computer.

Kathy was a member of St. Dennis Catholic Church. She met her life partner, Mike Alder, years ago. The two made a commitment to each other on May 15, 2015, and were the joy of each other's lives.

Kathy is survived by her life partner, Mike Alder; her brother, Karl (Peggy) Kiefer; nephew, Alex (Tara) Kiefer; and niece, Elizabeth Kiefer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald E. Kiefer and Ruby Irene Kiefer; and her beloved cat, Sandy.

The family would like to thank Create-Ability for the many years of support and a special thank you to Kathy's amazing care staff, Bill, Alex, Jamie, Muhammad and Johanna. The family would like to also thank Tammy Peters, the entire Meriter Hospital eighth floor staff and paramedics of Med 5.

Memorials may be made to Dane County Humane Society and Easter Seals of Wisconsin.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, a memorial service will be held at a later date once it is safer to gather. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson East

Funeral & Cremation Care

5203 Monona Drive

(608) 221-5420

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Published by Madison.com on Jan. 6, 2021.
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Mike, I am so sorry to see that your life partner, Kathleen, has passed. Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your friends and family. Be well. <3
Ann Marie Zagzebski
January 6, 2021