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Kathryn J. (Rezin) Gebhardt

June 12, 2018 | 7 comments

Kathryn J. (Rezin) Gebhardt, age 63, of Warrens, Wisconsin passed away on June 9, 2018 at home, surrounded by her family, after a brave battle with cancer. She was born in 1954 to Donald R. Rezin and Helen K. Giesler and grew up in Warrens, graduating from Tomah Senior High School. She was married to the love of her life, Bradford D. Gebhardt, for 43 years. She started her career working at the Tomah Area School District, later went on to work for the State of Wisconsin and obtained an associate degree in Computer Networking.

Kathy was known for her beautiful smile, intuitive nature, faith in God and acts of kindness. She was very creative and innovative, and enjoyed pouring that into her many craft projects. She loved spending time with family and found great joy in the simple things in life - drinking coffee, gardening, canning, painting, sewing and tending flowers.  Her greatest passion was involving herself in the lives of her 7 grandchildren - Ethan (16), Ella (13), Sean (9), Wren (7), Kathryn (6), Charlotte (4) and Henrik (11 mos).

Kathy is preceded in death by her beloved aunt, Dorothy Rezin; her father-in-law, Gordon Gebhardt; sister-in-law, Pamela Rezin; her mother and father; and most recently by her dog Rhett.

She is survived by her husband, Bradford; her daughters, Kara J. (Todd) Gebhardt-Tessman, Andrea D. (Scott) Sorenson, and Erica J. (Brian) Kalinoski; her seven grandchildren; and her cherished dog, Smokey. She is also survived by her brothers, Edward (Mickey) Rezin, James Rezin, William (Mary) Rezin, Daniel (Jane Smith) Rezin; sisters, Barbara Keele, Joan (Randy) Schleicher, and Susan Rezin; her mother-in-law, Charlotte Gebhardt; and Brad’s family. Kathy also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends who will all greatly miss her.

Special thanks to those who helped care for Kathy at the end of her life: Beth, Elizabeth and staff from Tomah Memorial Hospital’s Hospice Touch; family members, Susan, Joan, Bill and Mary, Steve and Betty; her daughters Kara, Andrea and Erica and especially, her devoted husband Brad.

A memorial service for Kathy will be held at Bible Evangelical Free Church (625 W Veterans St. Tomah, Wisconsin) on Thursday, June 14 at 2pm. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 1pm until the time of service. Following the service, the family will be hosting a private celebration of life with family and close friends at Brad & Kathy’s home.



  1. Stefani Haar

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul. I am so sorry to all of you and hope sweet memories comfort you in this sad time. Prayers and hugs. The Haar family.

  2. Mary Lou Prillaman

    I am so sad to read this, Andrea. She sounded like a remarkable lady of which you have the same good qualities. The apple didn’t fall to far from the tree. Sending hugs to you. You are in my prayers. Your Roanoke seamstress, Mary Lou

  3. Amanda-lyn Clark

    Erica, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I cannot imagine the pain and anger you must be feeling. She sounded like an incredible and strong woman(now I see where you got it from) I am always here for you. I love you and remember as always; you are strong and capable and you will get through this like the rockstar that you are.

  4. Cheryle Abbott Winters

    Dear Kathy, I wish I would have told you how much you always meant to me. I wish I would have kept in contact with you. My childhood was blessed with your friendship. I have never forgotten the fun times we had. I credit you for helping me pass Miss Plunkets math class. I love you and know that you are with your Heavenly Father and the angels have their loving arms wrapped around you. Rest In Peace my friend.

  5. Bev Dunbar

    Kara, Andrea, & Erica, I was very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember her from Warrens School. She was a great person.

  6. Lizzie and Kevin Tegels

    Brad and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Kathy was such a positive bright light. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family with the hope fond memories ease your pain.

  7. Jeff Hoag

    So sorry to hear about Kathy. Such a sweet person! I remember her from first grade at Warrens Elementary and all the way to high school. Condolences to Brad and the family, and to Ed and Mickey Rezin and all the Rezin family.

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