Kathleen M. Bessette

Sept. 4, 1949 — July 7, 2014

Kathleen M. BessetteKathleen M. Bessette “Kay” (nee Hoernig), 64, of Dousman, was born Sept. 4, 1949, and became an angel unexpectedly on Monday, July 7, 2014.

On Aug. 15, 1986, she married Paul D. Bessette. Kay earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Marian College in 1971. Kay had a long and distinguished career in nursing and for the last nine years has been employed by Milwaukee County in the behavioral health unit. Kay was very active in the KMRA for many years and was a Boy Scout leader for 5 years.

Kay is survived by her husband and soul mate, Paul; daughters, Nicole Nee and Noel (Dan) Bersch; sons, Ryan and Justin; stepson, Eric; and grandchildren Morgan Nee, Jake and Jenna Bersch. She is also survived by sisters Aileen (Robert) Koenig and Janine (Michael) Deitte. She is also survived by many loving family members, friends and co-workers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl A. and Harriet M. (Carpenter) Hoernig, and her sister, Patricia Koenig.

Kay will be missed for her warm smile, the love she had for her children and grandchildren, huge meals and her surprise gifts.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Bruno Catholic Church, 226 W. Ottawa Avenue in Dousman on Saturday, July 12, at 12:00 p.m. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass, all to be held at the church. Burial will immediately follow Mass at St. Bruno Catholic Cemetery in Dousman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Kay’s name to the Kettle Moraine Food Pantry or St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home. 1165 E. Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4457 or visit