Katherine Lynn Johnson, age 63, passed away Sunday, January 9, 2022, after a short battle and complications from cancer. She was born in Muskegon, MI on September 16, 1958, to Lewis & Jeanine (Piirainen) Butrick. She lived in Muskegon all her life and was a beloved member of the community. Katherine worked as a preschool teacher early in her career and loved helping children. She took her love for children to Muskegon Community College where she worked in the Early Childhood program. She was a member of First Congregational Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. Most recently, she was employed as a manager at PNC Bank where she loved working with her team and helping the many customers she developed close relationships with.
Katherine loved her children and was proud of the adults they've become and the families they've built. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren who affectionately knew her as "Katka". She also enjoyed spending time with her sister and brother and the rest of her family and friends. She would never turn down a perfect beach day, taking a boat ride, or hanging by the pool with the people she loved.
Katherine will be greatly missed. She could never leave the house without running into a friend or "fan". On the rare occasion she stepped out and didn't run into someone she knew, you could count on her to make a new friend. She was a wonderful soul who was kind to everyone she knew. Katherine was a great listener and being in her presence brought out the best in everyone.
Children, Melissa (Andrew) Kutz & Matthew (Megan) Johnson; grandchildren, Porter & Archer Kutz, Cooper & Nella Johnson; siblings, Sue Butrick & Bob (Laura) Butrick; aunt, Gerane (Dick) McEwen; nephews, Brandon & Reece Butrick; father of her children, Philip (Vicki) Johnson; many cousins & friends.
A Service will be held in the spring or summer.
MEMORIAL: Kids Food Basket or St. Jude Children's Hospital
Please visit www.clockfuneralhome.com to leave a memory or sign the online guestbook.
Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon
"Dear dear Kathy, my heart hurt for you as you were leaving us. I remember you when u were in high school and beyond since you and Julie were such good friends. Your smile was contagious. I know your spirit remains in all those you loved. I send warm thoughts to your family and friends that fond memories will heal them. My love goes with you. "
"We are so saddened to hear of the loss of Kathy. Our daughter was Melissa's classmate and teammate. Kathy was always so friendly and smiling. Our sincere condolences to Melissa, Matt, their spouses, the grandchildren and all her family and loved ones. May all your special memories and faith bring you comfort during this difficult time. Carol and Greg Schwemin"
"I absolutely loved Katherine. As bank manager, she helped me with my business, with my dying sister and in between we would talk about everything. She was kind and funny. I am so sorry for her family's loss. I am sure she is already making friends in the great beyond. Rest in peace, Katherine--but you will probably be making friends with various angels.
"The first thing I notices about Kathy was her welcoming smile. She became a instant friend and I will cherish her friendship forever and I will miss hearing her comforting voice.
Chuck and I send our thoughts, prayer and deepest sympathy to the entire family. Kathy was always so Kind, Caring and always put a Smile on your face. She was also very giving and willing to share the love of her family. We spent countless hours talking and she was so very proud of all of you. I hope her memories will always bring great comfort to each of you.
Love Chuck and Rachelle"
"Love,hugs and prayers to Sue and Bob, her kids and grandkids truly sorry. Kathy will have a special place in my heart, til we meet again ?"
"Love and hugs to my cousins Bob and Sue..i.ll miss my talks with Kathy she always helped me through so much...sweet and kind and always there to listen...love you Kathy..i.ll miss you?your loving cousin Sam...prayers to her children ?"