October 18, 1953 — May 7, 2021

WILTON - Kathryn Ann O’Gara, 67, of Wilton died Friday, May 7, 2021 at her home. She was born on October 18, 1953 to Gerald and Lucille (Hansen) O’Gara at the Sparta Hospital. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Wilton. She was a member of the Brookwood High School Graduating Class of 1971.

After high school Kathy attended the University of Wisconsin in LaCrosse, before moving back to Wilton. Kathy was united in marriage to Sam Michel at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She went to work as a Travel Pay Tech. First at Fort McCoy then at Camp Williams until her retirement. Kathy volunteered at the Monroe County Nutrition site in Wilton and served on their board. She also served as a election Judge for the Village of Wilton.

She loved to talk politics and was a hardcore Democrat. When it came to politics it was always better to agree to disagree for her on some issues with her republican friends. Kathy was blessed with a green thumb and loved her plants. She recorded her own farmers almanac by keeping a record of when she would plant, what and when things grow the best, she kept a very detailed journal. She had a special spot in her heart for birds and cats. She enjoyed spending time thrifting, visiting flea markets, and shopping at outlet stores.

Kathy was a loving grandma, and always had chocolates for the grandkids at her house. She was an excellent cook and will always be remembered for her cheesy potato hotdish and snicker salads. Kathy had a honest demeanor and said what she thought, she was kind and generous and will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved her.

She is survived by 2 children Emily Michel of Elroy, and Shane Michel of Wilton, 5 grandchildren, Jenna and Dylan Bell, Michael and Matthew Boggs, and Kohner Gamroth-Michel, 4 brothers and sisters, Gerald “Dick” (Carolyn) O’Gara of New Richmond, Sharon (Joseph) Degenhardt of Tomah, Roger O’Gara of Wilton, Mary (Jack) Mueller of Utica, MN many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends

She was preceded in death by her parents, and Sam Michel.

Funeral Mass of Christian will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021, 12:00 Noon at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Wilton. Father John Ofori-Domah will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com. The Smith-Nelson Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Smith-Nelson Funeral Home

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