Kathleen Northey Giddings

October 31, 1934February 29, 2016

Kathleen Northey Giddings was born on Halloween night in 1934 to Tom and Aune (Loytymaki) Northey in Ispheming, MI. She died peacefully at home February 29th, she was 81 years old. Despite having rheumatoid arthritis since the age of three, she had a busy and complete life. She attended Negaunee Public schools until her junior year in high school. Although she moved to Lansing at that time she still considered herself a “Yooper”. Kathleen was co-valedictorian of Eastern High School in 1953. She continued her education at Michigan State University and received her BA degree in social work in 1956. She married Thomas A. Giddings following graduation. In 1960 she earned a Masters of Social Work degree and started her professional career at Catholic Social Services working in child welfare, which included assisting children in foster care, and working with the children at St. Vincent Home. She then concentrated on adoption and facilitated the completion of hundreds of families in the mid-Michigan area. After a career of 35 years Kathy retired in 1995. Her interests and activities included travel, theater, reading, friends, family, especially two grandchildren and a great grandson. She and her husband traveled to all fifty states, Europe, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Egypt and Asia. Kathleen was a prolific writer, producing a record of personal and family history. She was one of several authors of the published book The Teacher Who Ate Her Pet. Despite her physical limitations imposed by lifelong arthritis and a late in life loss of vision, Kathleen maintained an optimistic outlook, a sense of humor and positive feeling for others. She was known to burst into songs of her childhood, many passed on from her father Tom Northey. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by one daughter, Melanie (Steven) Kahler; one son, Mark James Giddings; 2 granddaughters, Justine (Nate) Bell and Anna J. Kahler; great grandson, Harrison T. Bell; sisters, Karen (Fathi) Saad and Lynn (Stanley) McMann; many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lansing Promise Scholarship Fund or the WKAR Radio Reading Service for the blind.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Funeral

    Friday, March 4, 2016


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Nancy Barberio-Hayden

March 12, 2016

Extending my most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family

Nancy Barberio-Hayden

March 12, 2016

"Extending my most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family

March 10, 2016

Tom and family, John and I were deeply sadden when we heard of Kathleen's passing. She was such an amazing and beautiful person. With all the obstacles she had to endure she did so with such strength and grace. I don't know how many times I said to John what an absolute saint and wonderful husband she had in Tom and loving daughter and sister. In those ways she was blessed beyond words! p.s. We sent a contribution to WKAR radio, what a beautiful charity!

Pamela Artuso

March 5, 2016

I have the fondest memory of the Giddings family from my childhood. Melanie was the earliest friend I remember, living tight around the corner. Your Mom was the kindest, sweetest Mom of all. May God bless your family at this time. Heaven gained an Angel.
Pamela Alford Artuso

Sally Cornell

March 4, 2016

So sorry to hear of your loss.. I have thought of her and your family many times throughout the years. It was an honor to have been part of your family once, long long time ago... I understand your pain, my mother Patricia Lippincott passed just a month ago. My heart is with you all.

March 4, 2016

Kathy was a wonderful help in the 1970s when my husband and I adopted our 2 children. She always was kind and caring. God Bless You!
Barbara Reed Wambold.

March 4, 2016

Tom and family. I was fortunate to know Kathy for almost 35 years. Kathy was the sweetest woman/person I had come to know in my journey of life. I never once heard her say a negative word about anyone but she did not stop me from voicing my opinions. except for work I always saw Kathy with Tom. She will be greatly missed. Judi Sokol Irwin and family

Joanne Carlson

March 4, 2016

Melanie, Karen, and families: You are in my thoughts and prayers. May your warm memories carry you through this sad time.

Beth Monteith

March 4, 2016

Dear Tom and Family, I'm so sorry to read of your dear Kathleen's passing! I had the great pleasure of knowing her in our personal history writing class which included hearing class members read stories of their lives. Hearing her read was my favorite part of the class! What a bright light and joy she was for all of us!! ( I'm sure her beautiful spirit will serve her well on her next adventure!) I write this with great appreciation and love for you too, Tom. Sincerely, Beth

Marti Davis Dodge

March 3, 2016

Our sincere sympathy go to the Giddings and Northey families. May she rest in peace. she is no free form all the pains she had to endure. Marti & Lewie Dodge