Kathleen Lakey

Kathleen Lakey, a resident of Troy for 30 years, passed away on June 12, 2023 at 64 years old. Kathleen was born on October 10, 1958 in Detroit to William and Rosemary Kopke.

Kathleen married the love of her life John Lakey in St. Clair Shores on September 7, 1979. They enjoyed over 43 years of loving marriage together until her passing.

Kathleen was a creative soul in all avenues of life. A master crafter: she loved gardening, sewing, knitting, cross-stitching, beading, painting, and all manner of creative outlets. She was industrious, learning how to grow her own vegetables and can her own food. She loved the simple things–visiting arcades, collecting stones on the beach, eating at the park, sitting in her recliner near her family. She loved learning about other religions and cultures and taking advantage of all the cultural fairs in and around Troy. She loved her family above all things and touted that she simply “did not make junk” when her children doubted themselves. She wanted to be remembered for her kindness, which she carried with her everywhere, even through her last days in her hospice bed.

Kathleen is survived by many who will miss her, including her husband, John Lakey: her children, Michelle Lakey Dinwiddie (Douglas) and Christopher John Lakey: her granddaughter, Evelyn Dinwiddie: and her sister Suzanne Pacynski (Rick).

Kathleen is preceded in death by her parents, William and Rosemary Kopke.

A visitation will be held for Kathleen from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Friday, June 16, 2023 at Gramer Funeral Home, 705 N. Main St., Clawson, MI 48017.

Per Kathleen’s wishes, a memorial barbecue is currently being planned to take place at her home on Sunday. July 23, 2023. More details will be made available soon here: https://fb.me/e/9oeFgFu6a?mibextid=RQdjqZ

In lieu of flowers, her family kindly requests memories and/or photos of her be contributed in-person at her visitation or digitally via email to mlakey@umich.edu

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  1. Im sorry to hear Mr.Lakey im always here for you. Let me know if i can do anything to help

  2. Jim LaCharite

    Dear John & Children: So very sorry to hear of your heartfelt loss. Kathy was a great lift to all who knew her, take solace that she’s with her heavenly Father, with deepest condolences, your friend and compatriot, Jim LaCharite ❤️

  3. So sorry for your loss John prayers for you and family.


    I am so sorry to hear about passing away of Your dear wife Kathleen. May God rest her soul and give you and family strength.

    Vikram L.Nandwana


    I am so sorry to hear about passing away of Your dear wife Kathleen. May God rest her soul and give you and family strength.

  6. Beth & Bob Ehlenfeldt

    It’s catching up with all of us. I believe I can see my horizon from here. Most sincere condolences.

  7. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your Wife and Mother. I worked with her for many years and she was a wonderfulperson

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