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Kathryn “Kathy” Fortuna

Apr 30, 1957 - Apr 25, 2023


Kathy Fortuna was born on April 30, 1957 and passed away peacefully at home after a short battle with cancer on April 25, 2023 with her family by her side. She attended local schools and graduated from Sheboygan North High School with the class of 1975. On March 21, 1981 Kathy was united in marriage with Tony Fortuna at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Sheboygan. During her working years, she worked in food service in the Sheboygan Area School District at Sheboygan South High School. Kathy enjoyed going on long walks with Tony on their usual route, doing puzzles, caring for all the dogs in her life as well as the birds and more than anything, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren who she supported and cared for in every way possible.
Kathy is survived by her husband of 42 years, Tony; children, Mandy (Cory) Sarazen and Jason (Katie) Fortuna; grandchildren, Ava, Carter, Makaela and Hannah; mother, Marilyn Kirchenwitz and siblings, Karla Lokker (significant other Sam), Kurt (Pat) Kirchenwitz and Ed (Amy) Kirchenwitz. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends especially, Jackie, Cindy, Karen and Phyllis. Kathy is preceded in death by her father, Calvin Kirchenwitz; brothers-in-law, Mike Lokker and James Fortuna.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1439 S. 12th St., Sheboygan, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 12:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Kathy’s name.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic and Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for the compassion and care given to Kathy.
Online condolences may be expressed at


Date: Wednesday May 24, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church [map]

Funeral Mass

Date: Wednesday May 24, 2023
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church [map]



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Eisbrenner Family

Our sincere condolences to everyone that was a part of Kathy’s life. May words of encouragement uplift your spirit at this difficult time. In the difficult days and nights ahead may the many wonderful memories of her life give you comfort. May you find light in your darkness and peace in your memories. Something we have personally found to be of great comfort are the thoughts expressed in the Bible at John 5:28 “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus Christ) voice and come out “. The death of a loved one is extremely painful but have faith in God Jehovah’s promise of a resurrection.

Ramona Marilynn Simpson

Kathy you will be missed. We were fortunate to be part of a pack of cousins that ran together as children and continued it into our adulthood. I will be looking for you in the next life.

Shawn and Cindy Schuster

Tony, we're so sorry to hear of the loss of your wife, Kathryn. May God grant her peace.

Dave and Julie Menzer

Dear Tony and family we are so sorry for your lost 🙏 Will pray for you all. We will always remember the trips to the baseball games and the kindness you showed Adam and I. God bless you all.

Danny Austreng

Tony & family, I feel really bad for you all ! I enjoyed working with you & Kathy ! may god bless you in this time of need.

Danny Austreng

Tony & family I feal bad about your loss, I enjoyed working with both of you ! god bess you & family , Danny

Joan Bogenschuetz

My Deepest Sympathy Tony and Family….A SPC member

Al & Barb Woepse

Dear Tony & Family, Our sincerest sympathy in your loss. We are so sorry that this heartache has happened to your family. Keeping you all in our prayers.

Mike Sharpe

My condolences to you and your family, Tony.

Mary Krepsky

Tony and Family - I am so sorry for your loss. Kathy was a fantastic woman, she will be missed greatly. Prayers for all of you

Mary Krepsky

Tony and Family - I am so, so sorry Kathy has passed. She was such a fantastic woman! I'm sure God has her near. Bless you all.

Anne Erickson

Amanda I am so sorry of your mother's passing. She will always be in your heart and now is with our Lord. God Bless you and know you will unite one day. Love Anne @ Hedi Hope

Frederick Strassburger

Tony and family, I am so sorry for your loss. The staff and and your parish family at St. Peter Claver are all in deep sorrow over your loss. Be assured of our prayers for all of you and may she rest now in the peace of God’s love.

Joanne Rupar

Much loved Cousin Tony, and your dear children, my very deepest sympathies.. May God strengthen you all with His graces during this very difficult time. May the memories you made with Kathy over your many years together help to provide you with much peace and happiness. Hope it is somewhat comforting to know that I am keeping all of you in my prayers daily. May God continue to bless you in every possible way as you continue on your own journey to the next life. Oh, the joy there will be, with no more tears, and the delight to see your loved ones with welcoming arms. to greet you.

Myra Felsinger

Tony, I’m so sorry for your loss! You have my deepest sympathies.

Gary and Vickie Gephart

Tony and Family. Kathy has touched so many lives. She was always there when you needed her. Kathy was a strong compassionate person. God had sent us Kathy to bring us happiness in all of our lives. She had truly succeeded in doing so. But now it is time for Kathy to return to God and have eternal peace and happiness. Tony, we are wishing you and your family strength and comfort through this most difficult time. Farewell Kathy until we all meet again.

Judy Hager

Tony, Amanda and Jason I’m so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. She talked of all of you and the grandchildren all the time when I was massaging her. You guys were her world. She was one of my favorite clients. She will be sorely missed. She’s flying high with the angels.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 for all of you

Tom & Dhris Bahar

Tony, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife Kathy. May she enter in the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, to suffer no more. God Bless you and give you the strength to go on. Tom & Chris

Jim Burkard

Tony it has been a long and hard journey for you and Kathy. Our hearts go out to you and your family. May our Father God bless you and comfort you. Jim

Jo Anne Hayon

My heart is hurting, for you, Tony. I will no longer see Kathy next to your side, at Sunday Mass or hold the door open for you, when I greet. May the angels lead Kathy into Paradise.

Cindy Des Armo

Tony, Amanda and Jason, I can’t believe our dear Kathy is gone. So many awesome years of friendship we had. She was a wonderful close friend. Always smiling, always listening, always doing everything she could to help out, always being concerned for everyone’s well being, just being there when I wanted advice from my close friend. I love you Kathy and we’ll meet again someday. You have an awesome family and I know Kathy won’t be forgotten. Love, Cindy, Rich and Anakin

Patrick M. Ziegenhirn

Dear Tony and Family! 42 years ago you and Kathy walked the aisle at SSCM to start your lives together! You walked with her on her final journey to be welcomed by God into heaven! I will always remember her and that constant smile! I have had the blessing of having you both as my friends throughout my life! I pray that the Almighty will help you and your children find peace! Kathy will always be in our hearts! R.I.P. dear Kathy! ❤️😇🙏🏼

Thomas Virant

Tony, we are so sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. May the memories of her give you comfort. Sending love, Tom and Malia