Perry, M. Kathleen, Saginaw, Michigan


Passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013 at Shattuck Manor surrounded by her family. She was 94 years old. Mary Kathleen Leidlein was born on April 1, 1918 in Saginaw to the late Oren M. and Florence K. (Waters) Leidlein. She married Donald J. Perry on August 23, 1941 in Saginaw. He preceded her in death on July 24, 2004. Kathleen graduated from Saginaw High School; class of 1936. She was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church where she was very active as a parishioner and volunteer. Kathleen was also a member of the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary where she created floral arrangements and assisted in the gift shop. She was an excellent seamstress and great cook. Kathleen loved gardening and reading, but most of all she cherished time spent with her family. Left to treasure her memory are two daughters and three sons: Kathleen Kostrzewa of Traverse City, Tim (Anne) Perry of Traverse City, Janis (Thomas) Conley of Saginaw, Steven Perry of Waterford, Michael Perry of Phoenix, AZ; 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Barbara) Leidlein of Austin, TX; two sisters-in-law: Marjorie Leidlein of Saginaw, and Dorothy Perry of Boyne City. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Kathleen was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Perry; a son, David Perry; a great grandson, Logan Shea; two brothers: John and Richard Leidlein. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2445 N. Charles. Rev. Fr. Ronald Wagner will officiate. Rite of Committal will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends are welcome to visit at Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State Street), on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and on Thursday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, St. Mary’s of Michigan Auxiliary or a charity of the donor’s choice. Please share your thoughts and memories with Kathleen’s family at the church, funeral home or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.