Kathryn Ann (Danner) French, age 87, of Slidell, Louisiana, died on September 9, 2023, at her home, with her loving husband Mike at her side. She was born on February 28, 1936, in Rhinelander, the daughter of Norman and Syda (Wilson) Danner. She attended elementary school at Zion Evangelical Lutheran School and then graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1954. She then attended the University of Wisconsin Madison where she met her first husband, Robert Hyland. She then met and married Robert French who preceded her in death in 1983.
Later in life Kathy met Malcolm “Mike” Sutter. They were married and made their home in Florida and Slidell, Louisiana for the past 30+ years. Mike was the love of her life.
Kathy’s faith was lifelong as her parents made sure that she received her Christian education and confirmation in the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in Rhinelander. She continued her commitment to her Lord as a longtime member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Madison and Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Slidell. Kathy and Mike spent many years traveling and scuba diving and were dedicated animal lovers taking in many rescue dogs. Kathy was known for her kindness, sweet spirit and beautiful smile, and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Kathy is survived by her husband Mike and her sons Dan (Mary) Hyland and Steve (Gaye) Hyland, grandchildren Leeann (Aaron), Kyle (Jenny), Amy (Mike), Matt (Tiffany), daughter-in-law Miah, great-grandchildren Laney, Luella, Marah, Avery, Lucas, Shane, Addie, Elijah, Alise, Bennett and Davin, sister Ruth Stohl, brother Jim (Cathy) Danner, nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.
Preceding her in death were her sisters Virginia and Doris and her brothers, Richard and Fred “Butch”.
The family would like to recognize Mike for his endless love and devotion, especially in the final years of her life. His commitment to keep her at home and provide for her care will never be forgotten! He was a devoted husband who put Kathy above all else. His loving commitment to her care, especially in her later years, allowed her to remain at home until she was called to her eternal home.
Visitation for Kathryn will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023 from 10 a.m. until noon, with funeral services following at noon, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rhinelander. Reverend Karl Schultz will be officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Home Cemetery. You may leave your private condolences for Kathryn’s family at www.carlsonfh.com.
In lieu of flowers please send memorials to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church or Lamb of God Lutheran Church.
The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving Kathryn’s family.