Kathryn Ann Laukonis (Murray), age 87, of Warren Michigan passed away on Thursday Jan 11th surrounded by family and friends. Born in Covington, Kentucky to Thomas and Katherine Murray. Beloved wife, 56 years, to the late Joseph Laukonis whom she married on Nov 25, 1954. She was a warm and loving mother to daughters, Laura, Nancy (James), and son, Doug (Jill). Grandmother to Matthew and Jacob (Torzewski), Evan, Emily Kathryn, and Erik (Laukonis) and step-grandson Luke. Sister to the late Tom (Pat) Murray and aunt to Steven (Karen), Jeff and Greg (Patty) Laukonis and Erin Murray; sister-in-law the late Robert and Jane (Laukonis). Special friend to Diane Taliaferro, and Flo Kaston. She earned a B.S. in Journalism from the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati) in 1952. While in college she served as co-editor of the Seton Journal college paper, earning the Scripps-Howard trophy for best collegiate bi-weekly in the state and was awarded “All-American” and “All Catholic” honors. She served on the editorial board at the Mount magazine. She was awarded first prize for best news story from Catholic colleges throughout the country by the Catholic School Press Association. Named “Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges,” and “American Leaders,” national annual listing outstanding college seniors. She became an associate news editor of the Covington Messenger earning several awards and later served on the staff of the Detroit News until leaving to devote her time to raising her three children. A devoted animal lover she instilled that same love of pets with her children, grandchildren and friends. She adopted and raised many dogs and cats over her lifetime and insisted that pets brought additional warmth to a home. She loved reading including all genres of books and especially the newspaper. Visitation Tuesday 2-9 p.m. at the A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 32000 Schoenherr Road at Masonic (13 ½ Mile Road), Warren. Funeral Wednesday in state 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin De Porres 31555 Hoover in Warren until time of mass at 11 a.m. Donations can be made to the Michigan Humane Society.
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