Gerlinde “Kay” Erika Wise

May 3, 2013

Gerlinde “Kay” Erika Wise, age 77 of Clare, passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at her home. Kay was born August 21, 1935 in Bamberg, Germany. She was united in marriage to Fredrick L. Wise on November 21, 1964 with him predeceasing her on August 26, 2007. Kay had resided in the United States after moving from Germany in November of 1955. She had moved from Saginaw to Clare in 1969; she was a member of the Gladwin Church of Christ. Kay loved spending time with her grandchildren; opening her home for Grandma Daycare Monday through Friday. She enjoyed traveling to California to visit her sister. Kay was very family oriented, and enjoyed yard work and trying new recipes from her cookbooks.
Kay is survived by her son Robert (Kelly) of Florida; two daughters Robin (Fiancé Karl Randall) Frisbey of Clare and Maryann (Steve) Raycraft of Clarksville, TN; her sister Cecilia Holguin of California; 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Kay was predeceased by her granddaughter Emily as well as siblings Hans, Mikel, Agelika, Karl-Heinz and an infant brother Otmar.
Services for Kay will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Clare Chapel of Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home with Tony Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in the Cherry Grove Cemetery in Clare. Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to Kay’s family to be used towards a scholarship at Evergreen Physical Therapy. Please visit Kay’s memorial website page at

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