Kathleen Hayward

July 8th, 1929 to October 14th, 2018

Mary Kathleen Hayward, 89, of Port Huron, died Sunday, October 14, 2018.

She was born July 8, 1929 in Saginaw to the late Lionel S. and Myra K. Merkling. She married Irvin L. Hayward in December of 1949 in St. Andrews Church, Saginaw. He preceded her in death on February 15, 2011.

Kathleen graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.A. in education. She taught at the high school level including Port Huron Catholic School and was a Youth for Understanding Coordinator for student exchanges involving Michigan, European and Mexican participants. Kathleen was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and traveling, especially with her husband to various areas and Elderhostels in Europe and the United States.

She is survived by her children, Michele Hayward (Michael Cinquino), Heather Bringard, Myra Hayward (Kerry Sears) and Staate Hayward; grandchildren, Michael Bringard, Amanda (Alex) Maskovyak and Melinda (John) Gardiner; great grandchildren, Amelia and Walter Gardiner. She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Richard Bringard and her brother, Willis W. Merkling.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm Tuesday in the Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home.

Kathleen will lie in state from 10:30 am until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Port Huron. The Reverend Zbigniew Zomerfeld will officiate. The Rite of Christian Burial will take place in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Saginaw.

Memorials may be made to the Kathleen and Irvin Hayward Academic Scholarship Fund at St. Clair Community College.\

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