Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI


Katherine Pelc Michalsen

October 24, 1953September 3, 2019
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Katherine Pelc Michalsen born October 24, 1953 passed away September 3, 2019 at the age of 65. Beloved wife of the late David Michalsen. Loving mother of Joseph (Angela) Michalsen, Thomas (Rachel) Michalsen, Lauren (Thomas Schutzius) Michalsen and Haley (Paul) Glass. Proud grandmother of Alice, James, Mae and Walker. Dear sister of Douglas (Patricia), Michael (Lorraine), Paul (Sharon), Linda (Dennis), Carol and Elaine (Tim). Katherine will be missed by many nieces and nephews as well. Katherine was a devoted secretary of Southfield Public Schools for 20+ Years. When she wasn't working she enjoyed spending summers with family and her grandchildren at her family cottage in Stoney Point on Lake St. Clair. Her other passions included gardening, antiquing and interior design. She loved to travel to warm places and vacation with family. Katherine will be deeply missed by many friends and family.

A memorial gathering will take place at Harry J Will Funeral Home on Monday September 9, 2019 from 4-8pm. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday September 10, 2019 at 11am also at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the DMC children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at the online guestbook for the Michalsen family.


  • (the late) David Michalsen, Husband
  • Joseph (Angela) Michalsen, Son
  • Thomas (Rachel) Michalsen, Son
  • Lauren (Thomas Schutzius) Michalsen, Daughter
  • Haley (Paul) Glass, Daughter
  • Alice, James, Mae and Walker, Grandchildren
  • Douglas (Patricia), Michael (Lorraine), Paul (Sharon), Linda (Dennis), Carol and Elaine (Tim), Siblings
  • Katherine will also be missed by many nieces and nephews


  • Memorial Gathering Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Katherine Pelc Michalsen

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Rosanne Renauer

September 12, 2019

I want to share my respects and condolences with Kathy's family. We were classmates throughout our years at St. Andrew. I always liked Kathy, her friendly demeanor and her involvement and engagement in school life especially as a cheerleader. We didn't stay in touch after high school but I did see her at our class reunion and she remained a beautiful open friendly personality . I was glad to get reacquainted even for a brief time and I was so sorry to hear of your loss.

Frank Oberc

September 10, 2019

Rest in piece, cousin! You've earned a special place in heaven.
- Cousin Frankie

Joan Brinich

September 8, 2019

My condolences go to Kathy's family. We both worked as secretaries at Southfield Public Schools for over 20 years. Kathy was a wonderful person, a good ESOS union president, a helpful and kind lady. She had a very wise way about her with sparkling blue eyes and a beautiful smile.


Joan R Brinich

Jennifer&Dayne Mazerolle

September 5, 2019

Dayne and I were saddened to hear of Kathy’s passing. We will miss seeing her at the cottage, but we will remember her great laugh and her friendliness.Thinking of all you kids and your families.

Patricia Gawlik née Mac

September 5, 2019

My condolences to Kathy’s family. Kathy and I went to St. Andrew’s together and like most people did not keep in touch after graduation. After our 40th class reunion, she was gracious enough to have a group of us continue the party at her house. We shared stories and laughs and I did not get home until 5 am. Her smile and laugh will not be forgotten. Rest In Peace, my friend!

Laura Wooton

September 5, 2019

I first met Kathy when our sons were on the same t-ball team. We sat through many organized sports games with our children who are the same age. Her family was her world, so we had a lot in common. Lauren, Tom, Joe and Haley, I am so sorry that you had to say good-bye to your mom. She will be missed by many. You are in my thoughts.

Mary Ouzts

September 4, 2019

I am so saddened to find out you left us so soon. Kathy spread your wings and fly high with all the angels. No more suffering or pain. I will always remember the good times with you throughout our lifetime. Say hi to your mom, dad, my mom, dad, David and a hug to my Dennis. You will be missed Kathy💔 R.I.P. Cuz!😢

Trisha Watson

September 4, 2019

They say blood is thicker than water. Who knew that love was thicker than blood? Apparently, you knew. When you dubbed me your "sister-in-love" it was a title cherished more than that of princess or queen. You shared yourself, your siblings, your children and now your grand-children with me. Each time the cocktail bell on my porch rings, I will think of you on the sands of Pearly Gate Beach. I hope you packed a new coffee mug. The Gates of Heaven Tavern never closes and they never run out of Coors Light. May God's light shine upon you in all of eternity, my sister-in-love.

Douglas and Patti Pelc

September 3, 2019

Rest In Peace Kathy. I am so glad we got to see you at Christmas and more recently in July. Even though you were fighting we could tell you were tired. Say hi to Ma and Pops as well as David. Douglas says have a beer on him. You will be missed.

Douglas and Patti

Jason Pelc

September 3, 2019

To my Auntie Kathy, Oh how I will miss you dearly. I will always remember the Christmas Eve parties that I looked forward to every year at your house.
You always were a wonderful loving and warm Auntie, always smiling and dancing, I am so blessed that you were in my life and I had a chance to see you one last time and kiss you on the cheek and make you smile. I will miss you so much. We had a party tonight at Aunt Linda’s in your memory and you weren’t there it was hard to explain the emotions I was feeling not seeing you at a family party.

Hug Uncle Dave, Give Grandma Jane and Grandpa Stanley a big old hug and kiss from me and tell them I love them and miss them and think of them often as I will you.

Love you and Rest In Peace


Jason, Janna and Charlotte


Karaoke night @ the wheel!


Joes graduation 2014


Wining in Chelsea!


Neighborhood friends


Family at ford field


Wedding at greenfield village


7 kids and their mother


Working hard at the Lake


Double trouble on Lake St. Clair


“Get out of my Facebook picture Dave!”
Dave: What’s Facebook?