Kathy Ann Hoelscher, our beloved Nana, Mom, sister, aunt and friend, passed away on September 14, 2022 after a long illness. She is survived by her daughter Andrea (Larry) Havacko and sons Mickey and Tyler Hoelscher, her granddaughters Natalia and Carina Martinez, her grandsons Michael Martinez and Shawn Hoelscher, her brother Barry (Joan) Biediger, many nieces and nephews, and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Marty Hoelscher, her mother Bonnie Greaves Biediger, her sisters Carrie Harrison and Cindy Skinner, and her brother Mike Skinner.
Kathy was born in Provo, Utah on June 3, 1957 and was the oldest of 5 children born to Bonnie and Merrall Skinner. She married Marty Hoelscher in 1974 and together they raised their 3 children between Salt Lake City, Utah and Downey, California. Kathy worked as a grocery checker while her kids were young and she later became a Medical Assistant. Kathy and Marty started Superior Home Care & Hospice in 1996. Superior was never just a business or job for Kathy, it was more of a calling. Kathy always treated patients, family members, and employees with true kindness and compassion. Her work left a legacy of love and compassion that carries on. Countless people have benefitted and will continue to benefit from the imprint she left.
Kathy’s children will tell you that she was the very best mom. She loved Tyler, Mickey, and Andrea fiercely and was there for them, always. She was truly the most loving mother. Her children will tell you that she was somehow an even more amazing grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren who called her Nana. To them, Nana was always so incredibly loving and supportive. If one of them ever needed anything, you knew she would be there to listen and help out. Nana always knew what to do. She never let her grandchildren forget how much she loved them. She was thrilled to welcome her youngest grandson Shawn in 2018 and she enjoyed all the time she got to spend with him while he was little. Natalia, Michael, and Carina felt welcome to come visit any time, knowing that there would always be comfort food in the panty, fresh blankets for fort-building, and a big hug waiting at the door. Each of her grandchildren had a unique and special bond with her. Over the past year when she was often sick, she still had the biggest smiles whenever she saw them. Nothing would light up her face more.
Kathy is remembered by her friends for being outgoing, kind, and above all, generous. She never turned down the opportunity to chat with strangers she met. She could almost always find some common ground or share a laugh. Wherever she was, she created lasting friendships. At her grandchildren’s sports games, she was always the loudest to cheer, and her spirit was contagious. It was hard not to feel a sense of community when she was around.
Kathy was always smart and creative. She could find an inventive solution to any problem, or fix things with whatever she happened to have with her. Kathy enjoyed cooking, crocheting, and cross stitching. She had fun keeping a detailed scorebook at her sons’ and husband’s baseball games. She was also known to razz umpires whenever she felt it necessary. Kathy always knew how to handle a situation, and would hold your hand when you needed it, and tell you to snap out of it when you needed that. Kathy was also a great lover of animals. She had a special connection with so many pets, and they could feel how much she loved and cared for them.
Kathy was never afraid to speak up for others. She told stories of her rebellions in primary school when girls had to wear dresses despite the cold. When her friend got frostbite on her knees, Kathy knew things had to change. She started a boycott on dresses, and wore pants to show her support until the dress code was overturned. This was only one of the many ways Kathy stood up for herself and others. If she ever saw anyone doing anything wrong, she made her voice heard. She always had the courage to stand for what she believed was right, and she taught her children and grandchildren to do the same.