Kathryn Ann Northway, of Beulah, passed away Oct. 21, 2016. Katie was born Nov. 8 1931 in Chambers, Nebraska, to Thomas E. and Grace (Grimes) Newhouse.
After graduating high school at age 16 she went on to the University of Nebraska, where she earned bachelor's degree in music. She then went on to Northwestern University and received her master's degree in music.
After graduation she returned to Nebraska to teach for a while. Her favorite aunt then suggested she just not limit herself to Nebraska so Katie then went on to teach music in the Detroit Public School System. She eventually ended up teaching at the Lab school on the campus of Central Michigan University, where she was invited to a "singles" party. A gentleman named Thomas W. Northway threw it. To say it was a good party is an understatement; the evening produced three marriages.
After marrying Tom in June of 1962 they settled down to raise their three children in Mt. Pleasant until Tom retired from teaching in 1982. They then moved to their summer place in Beulah.
Katie spent many years giving private piano lessons in Beulah and was very active accompanying instrumental students from Benzie Central High School. Interlochen Arts Academy was her absolute favorite destination, and she and Tom attended many concerts and recitals.
Her proudest moments of her life were watching her grandchildren, Andrew and Emily, grow into fine young people. She was so impressed with both of their different personalities; they were lights of her life.
Katie was a Munson Hospice volunteer as well as Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Auxiliary member and a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was a substitute church organist over the years and very active in music at St. Philip's Episcopal Church.
Husband, Tom, and brothers, Keith and Jim Newhouse, preceded her in death.
Surviving are sons, Tom and Patrick Northway; daughter, Susan (Rich Blight) Northway; and grandchildren, Emily and Andrew.
Katie's children would like to thank all the staff, especially Dawn, Kelly, Callie, Barb and the nursing assistants on the third floor at Munson Medical Center; their compassion made all the difference.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at St. Philips Episcopal Church, Beulah. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to St. Philip's Episcopal Church or Munson Hospice.
Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes
Published on June 4, 2017