Kathleen A. (Gayske) Schuessler

April 6, 1940 ~ February 8, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Kathleen Schuessler Obituary

Kathleen A. Schuessler, beloved wife of Calvin J. Pitel, of Appleton, WI, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 08, 2024 at her home at the age of 83.

She was born on April 6, 1940 in Milwaukee, WI, daughter of Walter and Mary (Cieszynski) Gayske. Kathy married Bernard Schuessler in 1959. They raised their two children in West Allis until 1972, when they moved to Kaukauna, WI and became the owners of Schuessler Jewelers.

After Bernie’s Death in 1990, Kathy became the executive director of The Arc of Outagamie County. After retiring from the ARC in 2003, she became the Education/Community Outreach Coordinator at Fox Valley Humane Association. She enjoyed volunteering with her dog Scruffy at FVHA, the Appleton Airport and Heartland Hospice.

Kathy is survived by her husband of 20 years Calvin J. Pitel; her children Sue and David Schuessler; Calvin’s children Curt (Jeanne) Pitel and Sandy (Mike) O’Donoghue; eight step grandchildren; one step great grandson; brother-in-law Larry (Ann) Pitel;  plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by Cal’s son Gary.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 19, 2024 at 11:00 am at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, N1615 Meadowview Drive, Greenville, WI 54942. Family and friends may greet the family on Monday, Feb. 19th from 10:00 am until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Shepherd of The Hills Church or Fox Valley Humane Association.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
February 19, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
N1615 Meadowview Drive
Greenville, WI 54942

Memorial Service
February 19, 2024

11:00 AM
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
N1615 Meadowview Drive
Greenville, WI 54942


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