Obituary of Kathryn Malsom
Kathryn Malsom, 93, of Tucson, AZ died on June 19th, 2022, at Park Senior Villas. Celebration of Life will be held at Adair Funeral Home, on June 27th, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.; Blessing of grave services to follow at All Faiths Cemetery, with Pastor Ed Noble officiating. Everyone is welcome to join the family for a luncheon following services.
Kathryn was born to John and Magdalena (Bichler) Kramer on March 24th, 1929. Kathryn is one of 11 children. She became instant "mother" at age 12 when the last sibling was born and their mother died from complications of childbirth. She maintained the household, raised the younger siblings as her own, while helping with chores on their farm near Strasburg, ND. Kathryn married John Malsom on October 30th, 1950.
They moved to Milwaukee, WI to pursue better job opportunities. They had two children -- Kathy Ann in 1959, and Kenneth John in 1964. While maintaining the duties of a household and raising children, she worked as a waitress at the exclusive Wisconsin Club for over 30 years, and received many alcaldes for her excellent service. Kathryn and John's home was always warm and inviting for family and friends to enjoy exceptional home-cooked meals and camaraderie.
When John retired in 1988 from Briggs & Stratton, they decided to move to Tucson to enjoy year-round warm weather after many years of Wisconsin winters. Kathryn again pursued her waitress career at the exclusive Mountain Oyster Club until age 78, and was again loved by all. She was a concerned and involved neighbor, always willing to serve on the neighborhood association Board.
She is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Gloria Kramer, Lyndon Station, WI; one sister and brother-in-law, Madeleine and Marvin Winkelmann, Markham, VA; and two children, Kathy, Chetek, WI and Kenneth, Tucson, AZ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four sisters, Ann Horner, Isabelle ("Leonie") Schoumacher, Lorraine Luella ("Lori") Smith, Rose Goetz; and four brothers, Joe Kramer, Michael Kramer, Ray Kramer, and Leo Kramer.
Kathryn prided herself on selfless service to others and "feeding her people." She was truly loved and appreciated by all her siblings and children. She will be missed by all who knew her. May Kathryn rest in peace until we see her again in heaven.