THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Katherine P. Williams
Issue Date: July 24, 2013
Katherine P. Kay Williams, 102, died early Tuesday, July 16 at Rennes Health Center-East in Peshtigo.
Born July 9, 1911 in Milwaukee to Anthony H. and Katherine (Steil) Pierick, she spent her early life in Milwaukee and was a graduate of Milwaukee Downer College. She married Alan North Williams in Milwaukee on Dec. 27, 1941.
She was employed as an art teacher for the Milwaukee, Cudahy and Shorewood Schools and also helped her husband, Alan in his school photography business. In 1961 they relocated to the Crivitz area, later moving to Marinette in 1991. An artist for her whole life, she worked in watercolor, ceramic and printmaking mediums and was an advocate for the visual arts in the Marinette-Menominee area. She was a member of the PEO Sisterhood, American Association of University Women, Great Decisions, Artworks and the Crivitz Area Womans Club, of which she served as president from 1979 to 1980.
She is survived by two daughters, Leigh Katherine Williams of Richland, Wash. and Ann Williams Folsom of Truckee, Calif.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan, on Nov. 10, 2001 and two brothers, William Stewart Pierick and Everel T. Pierick.
A memorial service will be held next year in July of 2014. Donations to Wisconsin Public Radio in the name of Kay Williams would be appreciated. Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home of Marinette assisted the family.