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Kathy Huffman

Kathy Ann Huffman (Kapla)

Sunday, March 5th, 1950 - Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

After a courageous two-year battle with ocular melanoma, Kathy Ann Huffman went home to be with her Lord and Savior. She is survived by her husband of 39 years Joseph; her children Heather Paulson, Joseph (Heather) Huffman, Jolene (Michael) Frankey, Malia Huffman, and Nicholas (Lindsey) Huffman; her beloved grandchildren Arionna, Parker, Jordyn, Gabrielle, Hudson, Josie, June, and Jacqueline; sisters Maryann Karnitz and Judy McDonald; many nieces and nephews; and a community of loyal and loving friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Harry and June (Hopka) Kapla, sister Susie McLean, and lifelong friend Ina Castillo.

Born in Muskegon, MI, Kathy was the youngest of four girls. After graduating from Muskegon Catholic Central, she joined the Dominican Sisters at Marywood. Upon leaving the convent, she reconnected with and married her high school sweetheart, and they began their family. In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, she was also the Religious Education Director at St. Robert’s of Newminster, owned Small Talk clothing store, worked as a real estate agent at West Michigan Group, owned the Academy of Performing Arts, and volunteered at churches, schools, and dance studios.

Her legacy is most noted in the hundreds of children she helped raise through her daycare. Caring for kids from infancy to teenagers, Kathy helped shape the lives of her daycare kids by teaching important life lessons, providing affection and affirmation, and making everyone feel the warmth of her generous heart. She was the queen of pulling loose teeth, potty training stubborn toddlers, and helping with afterschool homework. She cared deeply for the kids and their parents, and stayed in touch with families long after their kids needed childcare. She invested in their lives, seeing them through high school graduations, weddings, and other major milestones. She earned her retirement last September.

To celebrate Kathy's love for flip flops please feel free to wear flip flops in her honor.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 9th, 2020 from 1-3pm and 5-7pm at Ofield Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be Monday, August 10th, 2020 at 11am at St. Robert of Newminster in Ada. There will also be a 10am visitation at the church before mass. Donations can be made in her honor to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 9th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Sunday, August 9th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    Ofield Funeral Home
    Address
    4500 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
    Kentwood, MI 49508
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, August 9th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Sunday, August 9th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Ofield Funeral Home
    Address
    4500 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
    Kentwood, MI 49508
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  • Third Visitation

    Monday, August 10th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Monday, August 10th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    St. Robert of Newminster Parish
    Address
    6477 Ada Drive SE
    Ada, Michigan 49301
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  • Service

    Location
    St. Robert of Newminster Parish
    Address
    6477 Ada Drive SE
    Ada, Michigan 49301
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Aunt Elinor Kapla and Family

Posted at 11:14am
Margaret & Bill Rowe, Amy Bartling, Paula & Mike Williams, Al & Melody Kapla, Ben & Michelle Kapla, Chris & Doris Kapla, Jen & Bill Sisco, Dave & Yara
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Jennifer Kapla & Bill Sisco

Posted at 12:27pm
She will shine like the sun in our hearts forever.
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Jennifer Kapla & Bill Sisco

Posted at 12:13pm
My Godmother's smiling face and beautiful heart will warm our souls forever.
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Jennifer Kapla & Bill Sisco purchased the Rays of Light Spray and planted a memorial tree for the family of Kathy Huffman. Send Flowers

Andrea-Kevin Whitsell

Posted at 08:59am
I might add more than one over the next few days. Kathy and Ina were our substitute mothers at child care who shared all of our hopes and values for our children. Sam, I think, was naughty there from time to time, once sliding his lunch sandwich into the VCR in the kid's playroom. Kathy and Ina took it in stride. And I will resist mounting a defense for this act, today. Prayers to friends and family. - Kevin Whitsell
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Much love, Audrey and John Rose

Posted at 08:47am
Dear Joe and Family, Thoughts and prayers for all of you as you journey forward without your dear wife, mom, and grandma.
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