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Kathleen Ann Guzinski
  • April 02, 1947
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  • December 29, 2017

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Kathleen Ann (Kitty) Guzinski, 70

Kitty Guzinski of Hulbert, Michigan and Leesburg, Florida, passed  away peacefully after a brave fight against cancer on December 29, 2017 at her home in Leesburg, Florida.

Kitty was born on April 2, 1947, to John and Betty Casey of Alanson, Michigan. On November 3, 1962, Kitty married Norman Shafer and they raised two daughters Terry and Diane. On May 17, 1986 she married Stephen Guzinski, who brought to the family a son, Pieter. Together they made a home in the Alanson area until Steves’s retirement, at which time they moved to Hulbert, Michigan. They were blessed to have a wonderful marriage for 32 years.  They spent their winters in Florida, where many friends and family members surrounded them.

Kitty worked in the Petoskey area for may years and made a lot of friends and met a lot of people while she was a server at various restaurants such as, Bay’s, House of Flavors, The Country Kitchen, Anderson’s, Jesperson’s and The Bistro. Many people have said she was “the best server they’ve ever seen.” She truly enjoyed being with large groups of people, enjoying conversation, laughs, beers and listening to her sister Nancy and brother in law Norm perform in their band The Country Classics. She was a kind and thoughtful person and was loved by many.

Kitty is survived by her loving husband, Steve, daughters; Theresa Nelson and Diane (Jeff) Sydow, Son: Pieter (Keturah) Guzinski, Sisters; Nancy (Norman) Honeysette, Jan (Ron) Burton and Sharon (David) Casey-Hook, Grandchildren; Courtney Hickman (Mike Holbrook), Noel Hickman (Travis Fletcher), Brandon Johansen (Margaret Pflug), Abby (Doug) Blaskowski, Jacob Sydow and Emma Jo Guzinski. Great-granddaughters; Alexis and Katelyn Smith, Great-grandsons; Aiden Hickman, Ethan Hickman, Miles Smith, Maxton Blaskowski (another Blaskowski baby is due in July), Uncle; James (Sonny) Burley and Aunt; Elinor Williams. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive her. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Betty Casey, Grandparents, John and Mary Casey and James and Edith Burley.

A service is planned for January 13, 2018 at the Moose Lodge, 1901 Titcomb St. Eustis, Florida at 10:00 am. There will also be a celebration of Kitty’s life in the spring in Michigan. Details will follow later.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to our your local Hospice Organization or Compassionate Care in The Villages of Florida.  Special thanks to Courtney Hickman, Mike Holbrook, Nancy and Norm Honeysette, Jan and Ron Burton, Janet and Ken Dewitt, Sandy and Wayne McPhall, Rex and Donna Hawkins, Merle and Blondie Vollick for all you did to make her final journey home peaceful and loving.


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  1. Bettejune Croff lit a candle:
    10 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 10, 2018 at 1:27:19 AM

  2. Bettejune Croff lit a candle:
    10 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 10, 2018 at 1:24:42 AM

  3. Joyce McFarland lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:27:15 PM

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    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:11:47 PM

  5. Croffs lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:01:25 PM

  6. Greg & Robyn Nester says:
    09 Jan 2018
    Heaven must be a beautiful place if all the angels are as wonderful as Kitty, because she made the world a beautiful place. She will truly be missed.

  7. Diane Shafer Sydow lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:42:19 PM

  8. Diane Shafer Sydow lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:40:48 PM

  9. Diane Shafer Sydow lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:40:14 PM

  10. Diane Sydow lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:39:15 PM

  11. Diane Sydow lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:38:36 PM

  12. Noel Hickman lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:03:16 PM

  13. Terry Shafer Nelson lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:43:12 PM

  14. Kelly Thomas Casey lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:39:27 PM

  15. Kelly Thomas Casey says:
    09 Jan 2018
    I remember attending her wedding in 1962 ebbed though I was only 8 years old. Kitty was such a caring and loving person. It was a privilege to call her my cousin. No more cancer - no more suffering Kitty!

  16. Theresa Hasse lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:20:49 PM

  17. Maureen Kilpatrick lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:55:23 PM

  18. Maureen Kilpatrick says:
    09 Jan 2018
    RIP Kitty.

  19. donna & rex hawkins lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:49:17 PM

  20. Donna & Rex Hawkins says:
    09 Jan 2018
    My sweet sister(from other parents) loved and miss you so much .Until we meet again, keep that wonderful smile and help keep things organized up there. To your wonderful family so sorry for your loss
    love,thoughts and prayers are with you always !!

  21. Mike, Nancy and Ryan Cassidy lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:27:38 PM

  22. Etta Greenacre Myers says:
    09 Jan 2018
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. You will be missed Kitty.

  23. Craig, Bridget, Luk.e & Trent Schrage lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:24:22 AM

  24. Norm & Nancy Honeysette says:
    09 Jan 2018
    Love and miss you Sissy, till we meet again!!!

    Norm & Nancy

  25. Brenda & Jerry Tripp lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:45:34 AM

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