Kathleen Louise King
March 20, 1947 – October 10, 2020
Kathleen L. King, 73, of East Lansing, Michigan, passed away at home on October 10, 2020. Kathy was born March 20, 1947 in Millersburg, Ohio to Jay and Vera Mast. She graduated from Goshen College (Goshen, Indiana) in 1969 and completed a Master of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University in 1972.
Kathy served as a pediatric nurse practitioner for many years, retiring in 2005 from the Michigan State University Clinical Faculty. She cared deeply for her patients and made a lasting impact on many families living with cystic fibrosis. Kathy married Titus King in 1969 and had two sons, Justin and Andre. She subsequently married Richard Honicky, MD in 2005. Kathy enjoyed singing and the performing arts, starring in plays and musicals during college and the decades that followed. In later years she loved to travel, especially to visit her grandchildren. Kathy brought life and joy to her family and will be greatly missed. She was a loving grandmother, mother, wife, sister, and friend.
Predeceased by her parents and brother, Donald, Kathy is survived by husband, Richard Honicky of East Lansing, Michigan; two sons, Justin (Sherry) King of Rockford, Illinois and Andre (Kylee) King of Grass Lake, Michigan; three step-children, Rebecca (Johan) Ahlfeldt of Albany, California, R.J. Honicky of Albany, California, and Leah (Andrew) Troicki of Sydney, Australia; one sister, Virginia (James) Mininger of Hesston, Kansas; one brother, Samuel Mast of Sarasota, Florida; one niece, Lisa Miller of Millersburg, Ohio; seven nephews, J.D. Mininger of Klaipeda, Lithuania, Matt Mininger of Corvallis, Oregon, and Jason Mast, Troy Mast, Logan Mast, Jon Mast, and Neil Mast of Millersburg, Ohio; and nine grandchildren, Nana Porter-Honicky, Carson Gray, Marcus Ahlfeldt, Rhythm Porter-Honicky, Chloe Gray, Ellen Ahlfeldt, Mara Gray, Timothy King, and Jonathan King.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be given in Kathy’s memory to the Michigan Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at cff.org.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Kathleen Louise King
October 27, 2020
Sad to hear of Kathys passing, she was part of a collective caring team of medical professionals that shared in the many years of my sons care. Always a bright caring light . So sorry for your loss. Family of Bryan T.
October 25, 2020
To Kathy's entire nuclear, medical and patient families please except my sincere condolences!
Kathy and Rich always enjoyed their extensive travels, and the latter was blessed with a partner who brought him happiness, humor and song, which he also enjoyed as a participant.
Kathy may be gone from this plane, but memories of her will live forever in her families.
Mike Netzloff, M.D.
Professor and Chairperson Emeritus
Department of Peds/Human Dev.
JUSTIN Jay HINES
October 22, 2020
So sad to hear this news. Cathleen (we always called her Kathy) was so central to my childhood, as a neighbor, a nurse, a singer, and friend. She introduced me to musical theater in 1980-81, leading a show called Cool in the Furnace which we performed at the Napoleon United Methodist Church. She helped us learn songs for the show that I can still recall 40 years later. Kathy and the King family lived in the house that my family once lived in on Sweezy Lake Road, and my fondest memories are of playing football in the yard on one of those chilly October days with the King boys, and then all of us spilling in to the kitchen where she was making all sorts of warm and tasty things for us. I have many memories that are like little scenes: Kathy stomping on apples to makes apple cider, Kathy leading activities for us kids when they converted their barn into a Halloween haunted house, Kathy laughing in the pool with my parents--and of course her visits as a nurse when I was sick with the flu or any ailment. Since we were not in touch since she moved away from Napoleon, she is always forever remembered in my mind as the benevolent, kind and helpful neighbor of my childhood. Rest in Peace Kathleen. Justin Jay Hines
October 21, 2020
Dear Dr.Honicky/family....we are so truly sorry for your loss of such a amazing,caring,wonderful lady....you both made the CF patients feel so cared for and loved...with her in the Heavens and all the former CF patients they can take care of the ones still fighting the battle still here..❤️☮🙏
October 21, 2020
So sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. She provided excellent care for my brother, Joshua Clark, along with Dr. Honicky, for several years at the CF clinic. Joshua passed away last year due to pancreatic and liver cancer.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.
October 20, 2020
Ned and I pray for your family and hope you find comfort in the memories you share over the years. We lived as neighbors since 1977- 1993, as our children, Tiffany and Justin grew up together.
We shared many meals and travels over the years. Kathy was Joy- bringing, Love -sending, Heart- mending, Fun -seeking FRIEND.
May these words of comfort and hope bring you Pease and Assurance to all your family at this time of loss.
Lord hear our prayers.
Peace, Ned & Barb Hines
October 14, 2020
I will miss talking to you in our shared garden, Kathy. I’m sure that you are starting a wonderful garden in Heaven!