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kathleen l. sayer

Posted on Dec. 26, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

Oct. 31, 1945 - Dec. 23, 2012

ELKHART — Kathleen L. “Kathy” Sayer, 67, of Elkhart and formerly of South Bend, passed away at 1:55 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in her home.

She was born Oct. 31, 1945, to Norman T. and Lola Mae “Jo” (Gilmore) Compton in South Bend. She was a lifelong area resident.

Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Norman T. Compton; stepfather Clyde Wise; mother-in-law Irma Sayer; and an older sister, Nancy (Joe) Chmiel.

On Nov. 11, 1987, as Kathleen L. Compton, she married Ronald D. Sayer in South Bend.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Sayer of Elkhart; mother Lola Mae “Jo” Wise of South Bend; daughter Kelli Compton of South Bend; and siblings Diana Korpal of South Bend, Ginny (Daryl) Holycross of Plymouth and Ronald (Georgianne) Compton of South Bend. She was an aunt to nine nieces and nephews, great-aunt to 24 children and great-great-aunt to one child.

Kathy graduated in 1964 from Washington High School.

She held various clerical positions throughout her working career. Kathy retired in 2010 from Hearth and Home Design Center, where she worked for 12 years.

She was a simple woman. She was loyal to her friends and supportive of her family in all they did. She adored her husband and daughter, loved to read and was known to make a terrific potato salad. It was probably due to the love she put into making it. Kathy put love into everything she did.

A memorial visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, where a memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. David Klahr officiating. Attendees are requested to dress casual, no suits or ties preferred. Kathy wanted everyone to be comfortable in “everyday” clothes; tennis shoes are encouraged.

In her memory, the family requests that you honor Kathy by doing a good deed for someone else. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go to Northwest United Methodist Church, 21855 Brick Road, South Bend, IN 46628, or the American Cancer Society, 130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545. To send condolences visit, www.kaniewski.com.