Kathleen S. Ratcliff

November 3, 1947July 30, 2018
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“ Kathleen, Age 70, went to Heaven on July 30, 2018. She was preceded in death by her father Frederick Stickel and her sister Susan May. She is survived by her son Daniel Ratcliff III and her grandchildren Zoey and Axle Allen. Also survived by her Mother Margaret Stickel, two brothers and a sister and many nieces and nephews.

Kathy had a huge heart and was always very generous. She worked very hard all her life. She enjoyed many friends and was very loyal and caring of other people. She loved her family above all else. We will all miss her beautiful smiling face. May she rest in eternal peace”.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 16, 2018

Kathleen S. Ratcliff

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Yvonne Royston

September 2, 2018

Kathy was the first friend I made when my 3 children and I moved to Richmond, Texas. We were backyard neighbors. We had so many fun times together. She was my running-buddy, my co-worker, my confidant, but mostly my friend. We survived her terrible divorce, her first round of cancer, the loss of another friend of mine, raising children on our own, never having any money, and so much more. We loved to dance and hit "Classics" club every Thursday and would dance till we were soaked in sweat. Life took us in different directions and we lost contact for a while but had reconnected on Facebook. I did not know of her passing until yesterday and I am heartbroken that I wasn't there at her memorial. Daniel, your mother was a wonderful person and you were so blessed to have her. RIP my friend. You will be missed by many.

Becky Emig

August 15, 2018

Kathy was a devoted mother and caring grandmother to Zoey and Axle. We will all miss her but she will live on through her grandchildren. She loved them with all her heart. Rest in peace Kathy.

Janet Bertling

August 10, 2018

I met Kathleen Stickel Ratcliff in Miss Mink's 2nd grade class at Shrine grade school 63 years ago .When I think of her a myriad of memories run through my mind. Many fun activities, skating in the winter at the rink in Royal Oak, swimming in The Kimball pool, movies at the Main or Washington. Kathy had a brightness about her with twinkling mischievous eyes. She also had a sweet tooth. We were regular customers at Barney's Drug store to buy candy & The Susie Q restaurant once a week for cheese cake after school. We split a piece after saving up &1.25 to pay for it.
In 3rd grade we lost a beloved classmate to leukemia. Back then death was a hushed matter with children. We were not allowed to visit her in the hospital so we grieved together.
We both loved to read & Kathy introduced me to The Bronte sisters.
Her favorite book was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
In 5th grade Kathy lost her father, Fred, to kidney disease. I stayed by her side at the funeral home. Thinking back, I still marvel at her stoicism during her loss. Kathy may have been little in stature but she had a spirit larger than life. She radiated good will. She loved her family.

Janet Bertling

August 10, 2018

We made all the sacraments together. I was tall so I would sit behind her. I remember memorizing all those prayers together. I walked home to the Ferncliff house with her after school. I stayed with her until her mom arrived home from work. Her older siblings were in & out. We stayed home to watch Kathy's little brother. Kathy's much loved sister Sally stayed home also at times.
In our teens we dated. We would see each other at dances & smile.
Early in my Junior year my parents transferred me to Kimball high.Our lives took us in different directions. We talked on the phone when she moved to Texas & then one day I received an e-mail which read, " yoohoo Janet, come on I know you're out there!" I was so happy to hear from her. We shared the in between years of our lives, pictures of kids & grand children. It was as if time & location never separated us. And now after much happiness I must say, " Goodbye sweet friend."

Maryann O'Shea

August 10, 2018

Kathy and I were Shrine Catholic School classmates. We reconnected several years ago. It was apparent that Kathy's family was her life. She was a proud mom and grandmother and cared deeply for her loved ones. Kathy and her family are in my prayers. Rest in Peace, Kathy.

Janice Stone Tedder

August 8, 2018

Thoughts of Kathy always make me smile. She was a great friend during our growing up years at Shrine High. This past March I reconnected with Kathy through our mutual friend, Janet Poeppe Bertling.

Janet and I were at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica on Monday, July 30th. The mass was the celebration of the first anniversary of the feast day of Blessed Solunas Casey. We talked about Kathy and both prayed for her at mass. We remember the little things the shared smiles, the nights at the library (Aka Woodward Avenue) and specially all the laughter.
It was a privilege to know Kathy and I can see her goodness lives on through her family. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

Janice Stone Tedder - Class of 67

Laura Mastracci

August 6, 2018

Kathy was my classmate and friend when we grew up at Shrine of the Little Flower schools. We lost contact with each other when she moved to Texas, but were able to catch up several times in the last three years when she came to Michigan to visit her Mom and siblings. I will miss her. May God hold her in the palm of His Hand, and may her family be consoled during this time of great sorrow.

Sally Smetek

August 5, 2018

Kathy was a great sister. We had a wonderful childhood growing up in Royal Oak, Michigan. I have many great memories and many laughs we shared over the years. She always had a smile on her face. She will be in my heart for the rest of my life and I will miss her greatly. Rest In Peace Kath💕💕

Janet Stickel

August 5, 2018

Kathy was my dear sister-in-law. I have known her since we were in high school together. She welcomed me into her family when I married her brother, Fred, and was always a support to us and our children. I will always remember the many fun dinners around the family table. Kathy was sweet and loving. She will be greatly missed.