Kathie Lee Grenwelge Klare was born May 8, 1952, and peacefully passed away January 11, 2023. Kathie was born in Houston, Texas to Robert and Lola Grenwelge. She graduated from Waltrip High School, was a charter member of Advent Lutheran Church, a dedicated Cypress Fairbanks employee for 30 years, and faithful sister in Christ. While a member at Advent, Kathie met the love of her life, Howard Klare. Kathie and Howard were married for 47 years, raised two wonderful children, and were proud grandparents of four amazing grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Howard Klare, her parents, Robert, Sr. and Lola Grenwelge, her siblings, Robert “Skipper” and Ann Grenwelge, and her in-laws Louis and Irene Klare. Kathie is survived by her children; her son, Kelly and his wife Tracy, and her daughter Kimberly Harthorn and her husband Dwayne. She is also survived by the grandchildren she adored so much; Madison and Brock Klare and Hannah and Brooke Harthorn. She is also survived by her siblings; Lynn Schroeder and husband Gary, brother Bill Grenwelge and wife Lise, brothers-in-law Louis “Buddy” Klare and Dennis Klare and his wife Donna, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Kathie Lee Klare lived her life with open arms. There was always time, and room, for a hug from Kathie. She was quiet, but in command. She could be stern, but loving in one fell swoop. Kathie enjoyed dedicating her time to her church, her friends, her students, but most importantly, her family. Kathie’s family meant everything to her. She was extremely proud of her two grown children, Kelly and Kim, but there was no greater joy in Kathie’s life then when she became Grandma. Kathie’s eye would light up when she got the chance to speak about her grandkids, and she took that chance to speak about them every chance she got. She would drop everything in her schedule if one of her grandkids needed her…nothing was more important than those grandbabies. She had a knack for adapting “grown-up” skills so her grandkids could be included in her other love…cooking. Plastic knives and plastic plate mats to cut up cheese made any grandkid feel like a chef. Kathie had a unique way of making everyone feel like they were special…like they were her favorite. Although Kathie loved her family deeply, and thought her grandkids hung the moon, her ultimate love was the Lord. Everyone who knew Kathie knew her dedication to her church, her faith, and her Lord. Not only would you know her love by her beautiful voice singing in the church choir, but by the way she made you feel when you were around her. The love that radiated from Kathie was the love of Jesus. Jesus was Kathie’s savior, and the family rests in the notion that she is with her Savior, and we will see her again.