Reyers North Valley Chapel

2815 Fuller Ave Ne, Grand Rapids, MI


Kathryn "Kay" Tiedt

June 9, 1938March 16, 2020

Kathryn "Kay" Tiedt (Anderson), of Grand Rapids, formerly of Ithaca and St. Johns, Michigan, passed away on March 16, at home surrounded by family.

Kay was born on June 9, 1938 in St. Johns, Michigan to Dorr and Margaret Anderson. She graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School, St. Johns, MI, with the class of 1956. She continued her education at the University of Michigan and graduated with her nursing degree in 1960. She married Jerold "Jerry" Tiedt on June 25, 1960.

Kay is preceded in death by her father and mother, Dorr and Margaret, her brother, Richard Anderson and her sister, June Anderson.

Kay is survived by her husband, Jerry Tiedt, her brother, Dorr Marshall (Marty) Anderson III, her 3 daughters, Cherie (Laren) Pharr, Jeanine (Jim) Samuelson and Michelle (Randy) Walker. Kay is also survived by her 8 grandchildren- Megan (Tim) Laba, Amanda Pharr, Elizabeth, Eric and Katie Samuelson and Randy, Alyssa and Nicholas Walker.

Jerry and Kay started their life in St. Johns and then moved to Ithaca in 1967 and together they ran Jerry's IGA until 1985. During this time, Kay also developed her interest as an artist. She dedicated much of the rest of her life in that pursuit with art shows and teaching art to others. When they moved to Grand Rapids and embarked on a new stage of their lives, they started a successful new Art Consulting business together until they retired in 2010.

Kay loved to socialize with friends and family and quickly made new friends wherever she went. She was always on the go and involved in everything she could be. Kay loved travel and together, Kay and Jerry traveled as much as they were able to. When they weren't traveling the world and within Michigan, they were very active in their church and spending time with friends and family.

Kay's family would like to thank Faith Hospice for their kind and loving care towards Kay throughout the last weeks of her life.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 21st at 11 AM, Visitation will be an hour prior from 10 AM until 11 AM all at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2727 Five Mile Road NE in Grand Rapids.

Kay's family understands that not everyone will be able to attend the Visitation and Funeral Service during this time of recommended social distancing, therefore, memorial contributions can be made in honor of Kay to Messiah Lutheran Organ Fund, 2727 Five Mile Road NE in Grand Rapids or flowers can be accepted to Reyers North Valley Chapel, 2815 Fuller Ave NE by Friday at 5 PM.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 21, 2020


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Karie Chesebro

March 19, 2020

Dear Jerry, Cherie, Jeanine, and Michelle,
I so wish I could come to the service. Under normal times I would be there with a hug!
I have so many memories of our time spent together especially at Higgins lake. We were all so lucky to have been a part of our parents friendship! One of my favorite memories is of taking the small sailboat out, not knowing much about sailing. We flipped it a few times and had to walk it back down the shore as our tacking skills were not good. When we came in and told our story I am sure we had some laughter. One thing I will never forget about Kay is her laugh. Her smile was wonderful and how her shoulders and whole body moved as she laughed. She was wonderful and will be missed! Know I am thinking of all of you.

Dorr Anderson

March 19, 2020

Jerry, Cherie, Jeanine and Michell-
Your mom was a very special lady. Full of kindness and grace. I am sure you will miss her very much. I pray for your comfort through grief that you may experience. She is in a wonderful place now which we can rejoice in. I will miss being at the memorial with you but look forward to seeing you this summer. Love, Dorr

Kathy Mohl

March 18, 2020

I will always remember Kay. She was an early role model for me in the art business. In fact, she was the first women in the art business that I met when I moved to Grand Rapids 22 years ago. Kay was always so kind and willing to share her knowledge at any time. She gave great professional advice when I was just starting to get my work out into the public. Conversations with her were always enjoyable and informative. I will miss her. I'm sorry for the pain her loved ones must feel in her passing, but I'm thankful for the joy in knowing she is with God. May she rest in peace.
Kathy Mohl

Kendal Khodl

March 18, 2020

I’ll miss seeing Kay’s smiling face in the pew on Sunday mornings.

Lee Cobb

March 18, 2020

Kay, you will be missed by many people. You were a great friend here. I always enjoyed talking “ART” with you. You made the world a nicer place for all of us .
Jerry, I am sorry to be absent at this time for you. I will be back soon to see you

Ann Teliczan

March 17, 2020

I always have, and always will smile when thinking of Kay, and I think of her often. She had a profound influence on my career. Kay was the first art consultant who believed in me, her encouragement and generous advice gave me the confidence to go for it as a professional artist. I will miss her delightful smile, twinkling eyes and the way she always made me feel like she was truly happy to see me, and my latest work- every single time we saw each other. She was a treasure and I will miss her.