Kay A. Wittbrodt

Birth: February 28th, 1945
Death: April 13th, 2019
Age: 74 years

Kathleen A. Wittbrodt was born February 28, 1945 to the late Elmer and Viola (Rivard) McFarland. She was a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church of Auburn, Michigan. Kay is survived by her husband, William; her daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Matt Mainero of Farmington Hills; her daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Jason Fligger of Detroit; her son Andrew Wittbrodt of Mt. Pleasant; her granddaughters, Sarah Mainero and Jessica Fligger; her grandsons, Robbie Mainero and John Fligger; her sisters, Delores Hughes, Ann Stein, Mary Graveline, Joan Trombley and Janet Hamling; her brothers Paul, George and Jerome McFarland; and her best friend of 50 years, Carol Couture. She was welcomed home by her parents and her brother Jim McFarland.

Kay believed strongly in the love of family and friends and was happy to expand that circle of love wide. She loved her friend Carol like another sister. She considered the families of her sons-in-law to be part of her family too and always kept them in her prayers.

Kay was proud of her children and grandchildren and kept many examples of their papers and artwork from school. She regularly mailed cards, notes, stickers and funny pictures to her grandchildren, who always were excited to get them.

Kay looked forward to getting together with her sisters and brothers and their families. She remembered many gatherings and excursions fondly; trips to Deer Acres, family reunions, fireworks parties, weddings and graduations.

Kay loved her mother-in-law, Martha Wittbrodt, whom she said was a second mother to her. Kay was proud to be part of the Wittbrodt family and admired the strength of family that brought them together every Thanksgiving.

Kay cherished all of her nieces and nephews. She loved being a great aunt and was close to the children of her niece, Christine Guza.

Kay took many pictures of her family and friends. She captured everyday life, vacation fun, and important milestones. She loved to read and passed that love on to her children, who have fond memories of learning from her. Kay also volunteered at Auburn Elementary, reading to young children in the school library.

Kay took her faith seriously and prayed the rosary daily for many years. She had also participated in the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, making a weekly hour-long visit to the chapel for several years. She had a special place in her heart for Mary, the Mother of God, and the daughter of St. Anne. She wished to share this prayer from her first communion book.

Dearest little Mary, how sweet you are and fair,

God’s love is in your eyes, His sunlight in your hair.

The birds sing gaily, and do the best they can,

The flowers bend to greet you, dear little girl of good St. Anne

The Funeral liturgy will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Wednesday April 17, 2019 at St. Garbriel Parish (West Campus-11 Mile and Midland Roads) Fisherville. Rev. Fr. Thomas E. Sutton will officiate, rite of committal will take place 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at Calvary Cemetery (Kawkawlin). Kay’s family will receive friends at the Auburn Chapel of the Cunningham-Taylor Funeral Homes, Inc. on Tuesday from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. There will be a parish vigil service for Kay at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Expressions of Sympathy may be made to

Good Samaritan Rescue Mission of Bay City, http://gsrmbaycity.org

St. Francis Home in Saginaw, https://www.stfrhome.org/      


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