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Feb 02, 1933 - Jul 24, 2020


February 02, 1933 - July 24, 2020


Kathryn M. "Kitty" L'Huillier, 87, of Marquette, passed away Friday morning, July 24, 2020 surrounded by her loving family in Rochester, Michigan where she had been residing to be closer to family.

Kitty was born on February 2, 1933 in Big Bay, to the late Frank and Louise (Prosen) Spehar and was a lifelong area resident. She graduated from Bishop Baraga High School in 1951 and on October 23, 1954, she married Clarence "Cuddy" L'Huillier at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Big Bay. Together, "Kitty and Cuddy" enjoyed 59 years of marriage, raising their children and later enjoying time with their grandchildren.

Always on the go, Kitty was a real people person. She loved spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed being out and about, working for many years at Ben Franklin and finally retiring from the Hallmark store in Marquette at age 80. Kitty was active in volunteer services for the hospital, where she enjoyed using her creative crafting skills to brighten the days of others. She loved lunches with friends and always looked forward to Friday night fish fry with their "Friday Night Crew". Kitty never missed an opportunity to dance, especially a good polka. She enjoyed crafting, knitting, reading, walking along the lake, and playing cards. A whiz in the kitchen, desserts were her specialty, as she was best known for her famous "Kitty Bars". She was a member of St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette.

Survivors include four children, Richard L'Huillier of Fountain, FL, Wendy (Tim) December of Rochester Hills, MI, Jeff L'Huillier of Canton, MI, and Susie (Joel) Scarbrough of Plainfield, IL; three grandchildren, Nicole December, and Sydney and Chase Scarbrough; a sister, Barbara Mohar of Marquette; also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Kitty in death besides her parents were her husband, Clarence "Cuddy" L'Huillier on January 5, 2014; a son, Michael in 1960; a brother, Francis Spehar; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Spehar; and a brother-in-law, Robert Mohar on July 22, 2020.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 30th at 11 a.m. in St. Peter Cathedral with the Rev. Jernej Sustar officiating. The L'Huillier family will greet relatives and friends in the Bishop's Room of the cathedral beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday until the time of the Mass. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery.

Kitty's Funeral Mass will be live streamed at https://my.gather.app/remember/kathryn-l-huillier

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials in Kitty's memory may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, PO Box 342, Big Bay, MI 49808 or to the Bay Cliff Health Camp, PO Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services where memories of Kitty may be expressed at canalefuneral.com.


Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
St. Peter Cathedral

311 W. Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855

Mass of Christian Burial
Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 11:00 am
St. Peter Cathedral

311 W. Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855

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