Kathleen Buntrock Hume (nee Halstead) was born to eternal life on May 19, 2012.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Buntrock. She is survived by her devoted husband of 30 years, Peter Hume; and loving sons, Jeff of Gonzalez, La., Chris (Clare) of Minneapolis, Mark (Mary) of Grafton and Daniel (Chris) of Cedarburg; as well as many sisters, brothers, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and lifelong friends.
Kathy was born on April 5, 1937, to Elsie Halstead. She grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from Washington High School in 1955. She married Thomas E. Buntrock on April 6, 1957, and shortly thereafter began her primary vocation in life as a devoted mother to her four sons. As a young mother, she attended nursing school, and graduated as a licensed practical nurse.
For the remainder of her professional years, she balanced her life as a homemaker with a fulfilling career as a pediatric nurse, where she was highly regarded by all patients and staff whose lives she touched. When her first husband was killed in the line of duty, her gracious acceptance of tragedy and attitude of forgiveness set a tone that allowed her sons and the community to heal in the face of heartbreak.
On Sept. 22, 1982, she married Peter Hume, who was immediately assimilated into a busy life of multiple weddings, grandchildren, birthdays, soccer games, confirmations and graduations; these were usually associated with a party thrown by Kathy, complete with infinite varieties of baked goods that were anticipated and relished.
She spoiled her daughters-in-law and her nine grandchildren beyond reason, most especially with the gift of her total devotion and loyalty.
She faced life with courage, zest and an unrelenting sense of humor that was infectious. Even in the face of Alzheimer’s dementia, she was cheerful and buoyant in a way that could only be understood as the core goodness of her spirit shining through. Through the difficult years that preceded her death, all the love that she bestowed upon the world was returned to her tenfold, especially as her husband, Peter, cared for her at home as long as humanly possible.
Though Kathy will be profoundly missed, the loving kindness of her spirit lives on in all family members and friends whom she touched during her life.
Visitation will be Friday, May 25, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Schramka-Densow Funeral Home, 423 N. Main St., Thiensville. Mass will be held Saturday, May 26, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 138 N. Buntrock Ave., Thiensville. A private family burial will follow.
Special thanks and gratitude to the loving supportive staff at Lasata Care Center. Memorials are preferred to Lumen Christi Catholic Church, or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Schramka-Densow Funeral Home is serving the family.