OBITUARY

Kimberly Kay Stein

September 25, 1962January 17, 2017
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Kimberly Kay Stein, age 54, passed away at home Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. She was born Sept. 25, 1962 in Covina, California, to Roger and Carmen (Schultz) Kitzmiller. Kimberly graduated from Buckley High School in 1980 and on Aug. 11, 1990, she married Kevin Stein, and together they raised two children, Amber and R.J.

Kimberly worked as a pharmacy technician at Meijer's Pharmacy for 25 years until she retired. She loved being outdoors, especially working in her garden, and riding her horse, Maggie May. She even tried her hand at bear hunting this past fall. Kimberly also enjoyed canning, baking, crafting, raising French Brittany Spaniels and traveling, especially to Mexico. She was a devoted wife and mother and adored being a grammy to her little monkey, Aidin.

Kimberly didn't let her battle with cancer take over. At first, she asked, "Why me?" but very soon it became "Why not me?"

Kimberly is survived by her husband, Kevin; daughter, Amber Kowalewski; son, Raymond Jay Stein; grandson, Aidin Joshua Kowalewski; siblings, Pam (Pete) Hansen, Dianna Malik, Randy (Tammie) Kitzmiller, Dave (Shirley) Kitzmiller, Allen Kitzmiller; mother-in-law, Dolores Stein; brothers-in-law, Mark (Sheree) Stein, David (Stacy) Stein, Glenn (Kathy) Stein; sister-in-law, Elaine Stein; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law, Charles Stein; her brother-in-law, Joseph Malik; and her niece, Brittany Kitzmiller.

Visitation was held Thursday, Jan. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley. A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Fife Lake. Memorial contributions were made to the Kimberly Stein Memorial in care of Kevin Stein. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Kingsley.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, January 20, 2017

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 20, 2017

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Pam Bredahl

January 23, 2017

Prayers to all of Kim's family & friends, I'd like to send condolences from my family as well, the Bartz family. I haven't seen Kim since high school, she was a friend that was always interested in sports, she gave it her all, I was always impressed with her ability to be catcher on our softball team, the most difficult position in my opinion. She wasn't afraid to get in there & get the job done! I also played basketball with her.
Our parents were friends & we became closer due to our parents' occupations as farmers.
I was over visiting with my Dad when Kim & I were sitting outside the house in Buckley near where her horse was just tied to a tree in the front yard. The horse didn't have a saddle, but merely a bridal in his mouth. She encouraged me to "get on". So I did & the horse took off, with me on his back down the gavel road as fast as he could go. I fell off & had gravel imbedded in my elbows & hands, but no broken bones; a day I'll never forget. I don't regret this day, but rather remember it as a time when an adventurous friend encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone & try something new. It's been a great story to tell all my life & I made some great memories with Kim. I pray that you will all cherish the fond memories of Kim & I truly send our thoughts & prayers.

Laurie Renaud -Blanchard

January 22, 2017

Kim and I well we could find trouble, my dog had run away kim knew how distraught I was she offered to help me look for it. We were 12 or 13 so she got her horse and we combed the corn fields of 4 Rd in Buckley night and day for a week. We tore up cornfields not meaning to but none the less we did. Kim's dad ask her if she knew anything about how the neighbors cornfields were damaged. Yep we got in trouble and I never found my dog, but I knew I had a good friend. Just recently we were laughing again about that.I will never forget you Kim.

Patricia Schram

January 22, 2017

To Kim's family:
May the sweet memories wrap you in comfort during this difficult time...
Kim and I became good friends, many years ago at Meijer...I worked in Receiving and part of my job was to receive the pharmacy drug order...I would check in the order with Kim , sometimes in the Pharmacy...sometimes in a private room behind closed doors...we always joked that "we were doing drugs"...we got to know each other from our time spent doing that....she always called me "girlfriend or hon" as I'm sure she did with others...in later (more recent years) I worked in the Pharmacy area creating end caps , so we saw each other pretty much every day....I retired a few years ago, about the time Kim got sick...we kept in touch, although not as often as we should have...but our friendship was like that...we always knew the other one was there...I visited her in the hospital a little while back and I am so glad I did...you never know when you see someone, if it's the last time you will see them.....REST IN PEACE MY SWEET FRIEND....

Laurie Renaud Blanchard

January 20, 2017

My deepest sympathy's to your family. I am so glad I got to spend time with you this past October, your laughter and your smile will never be forgotten. Until we see each other again rest dear friend.

January 19, 2017

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very sad time Psalms 29:11

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