Kathryn J. “Katy” Votava, age 85, of Neenah, Wisconsin passed away on Tuesday, May 14, with her family by her side.
Katy was born Feb. 9, 1934 in Wausau, Wisconsin to Leonard and Pearl (Ramaker) Pheifer. When she was 3 years old, they moved to Neenah. Katy attended Neenah Schools and graduated from Neenah High School in 1952.
Shortly after, she was employed by Marathon Corporation (American National Can) in the Research and Development Department. It is there that she met her husband, Jim. They had 62 years of happy marriage in Neenah and Darien.
Her greatest joy in life was her loving successful husband and accomplished children.
— an obituary from Kessler Funeral Home
She is survived by her husband, Jim; her children: Scott (Connie) Votava and Amy (David Hemphill) Votava; her grandchildren: Colby (Amber) Votava, Seth, Parker, Evi, and Carter Votava, Olivia and Isaiah Hemphill, Patrick James Myatt and Mary Kathryn Kelley; and a great-granddaughter, Cassie Votava.
She also is survived by her sisters, Phyllis Bogart of Los Angeles and Marcia Westwater of Phoenix; her brothers, Robert (LaVerne) and Alan (Patricia) Pheifer of Neenah. Katy was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Ann Kathryn; and her son-in-law, Tim Kelley; a sister, Joyce (Thomas) Fischer; a nephew, Aaron Pheifer; and a brother-in-law, Frank Votava.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 610 Division St., Neenah, with Fr. Dennis Bergsbaken officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah. For online condolences, please visit the funeral home website.