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Kathaleen Ann (DeForest) Bresson, age 71, of Galesburg, Michigan, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.  She was born March 11, 1950, in Battle Creek, MI, to the late Floyd and Wilma (Peters) DeForest.  Kathy married LaFrance Bresson on October 11, 1995; together they celebrated 24 years of marriage before he passed away on June 28, 2020.

Kathy loved antiques and collecting a wide variety of items.  Her and her husband LaFrance ran a booth at Hog Creek Antique Mall in Allen, MI, for many years and also enjoyed going on Harley motorcycle rides together.  Kathy was very family oriented and loved having family gatherings at her home.

Survivors include her three sons, Jeff, Todd (Maria), and Chad (Stacy) Arnold; grandchildren, Brandon, Kami, Chad Jr., and Brynn Arnold; great-grandchildren, Ashlynn, Avery, and Harper; siblings, Connie DeForest-Thompson, Steve DeForest, and Ron (Beth) DeForest; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Kathy was preceded in death by her husband, LaFrance; her parents; brother, Ted DeForest; and brother-in-law, Rick Thompson.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, January 8, 2021, at Niko’s Landing, (Behind Nikos Express) 5876 King Highway, Kalamazoo.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Comstock Fire Department, Pride Ambulance Service, Borgess Hospital, and Rose Arbor Hospice Facility for all of their help and care throughout this difficult time.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Jeanette on December 15, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    Condolences to the family of Kathy.
    I worked with her at Parker Hannifin she was always a smiley fun up beat girl.

  2. Kathy Stokes on December 16, 2021 at 11:19 am

    So much to say …… 🥲💚😘
    First of all I want to tell Jeff, Todd and Maria, and Chad and the rest of the family that I am praying for strength and peace for them during this difficult time.
    My Dad loved Kathy dearly, he was so worried about her during his last days 💔
    Things happen in life for such a strange reason, during that period of being over there with my Dad through his last days I created a bond with Kathy that we never had before, and I’m so very grateful for that. She was a loving, kind, friendly person, and often very funny 😄
    I’m also very thankful that I got to know my step brother Jeff, he has been a true brother to me indeed.
    And I know as Jeff said Kathy got on the back of that motorcycle as soon as she got there with Dad 💚
    They did so many fun things as they shared their 24 years together. And I know he was just tickled to see her again 💚
    God bless, love Kathy 🥰

  3. Lori Ann Slaughter on December 17, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    The Portage Central Class of 1976 sends our condolences to our classmate and her family on the loss of their loved one.

  4. Terry & Donna Stoken on December 27, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    We are neighbors and want to express our deepest sorrow to Jeff and his family. We love Kathy and are sadden by her passing. Such a kind and loving neighbor for many years. Loved her smile and laugh. We will dearly miss her. Sending prayers and hugs to the family.

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