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Kathleen Diane Schams

June 3, 2022 | 11 comments

Kathleen Diane Schams age 74, of Onalaska, passed away unexpectedly on May 29, 2022 at home.  She was born on November 19, 1947 to Orel and Marie Haug.  Kathy moved to La Crosse after graduating high school in Moorhead MN where she met her husband of 55 years, Gary Schams.  They were married on May 13, 1967.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandma.  Kathy retired from Wells Fargo after 40 years and loved spending time with her grandkids and watching them play sports.  She loved her coffee and crossword puzzles, enjoyed knitting, reading a good book, family gatherings and the occasional trip to the casino.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Gary; children, Kim Schams and Mike (Sue) Schams; grandchildren, Kylee and Drake Schams; three sisters, Janice Chrisan, Sandee (Darryl) Winternheimer and Marianne Guist; two brothers, Pete (Kitty) Haug and Tom Haug; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 5-8pm at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska.



  1. Dana Vittum

    I am so sorry for your loss. Kathy was a wonderful woman and I will miss her.

  2. Jennifer June

    My sincere condolences to Gary, Kim and Mike. May Kathy’s family and friends hold on to their precious memories of her to endure this difficult time. Kathy will be missed by so many.

    • Steve and Kathy Johnson

      So sorry for your loss Gary, prayers to you and your family.

  3. Roger Griffin

    Gary –
    Am so very sorry for your loss. Will keep you and the Family in my prayers old friend.

  4. Kathy Anderson

    Kathy will surely be missed. Sorry for your loss. I truly enjoyed working with her at the bank.

  5. Janet Berra

    I am so sorry to hear about Kathy. I met her when working at Norwest/Wells Fargo. She was always very pleasant.
    My Sincere Sympathy to Kathy’s Family.
    Janet Berra

  6. Tracey Stanton

    I worked with Kathy at Wells Fargo. She was a wonderful lady, and a good friend. She will be greatly missed.

  7. Mike Mercer

    My condolences to the family. Very sad, I’m very sorry for everyone’s loss.

  8. Debbie Odegaarden

    Very sad to hear of Kathy’s passing, I worked with Kathy many years, she was a lovely lady. Thoughts and prayers to the family

  9. Lisa

    Deepest condolences to a family quite dear to my heart. Time can never erase the kindnesses. May you find comfort and know that Kathy blessed so many.

  10. Bill June

    Sorry to hear of cousin Kathy’s passing at a relatively young age. For some of us who have known Kathy since childhood, it is definitely to soon. God bless the Schams and Haug families.


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