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Kathleen L. Billington

February 12, 1954 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old

Kathleen Billington Obituary

Kathleen L. Billington, age 69, took her celestial departure on January 17, 2024, from Gundersen Lutheran ICU in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, surrounded by her loving family.

Kathleen was the oldest daughter of Ray and Colleen (Wallace) Button. She was born on February 12, 1954, in Milwaukee, Wis. She was raised in Milwaukee until her parents divorced, at which time she moved up north to temporarily live with her grandfather, Glenn Wallace, on his farm outside of West Lima, Wis. At age 16, she moved back to Milwaukee. Shortly after, she met Douglas J. Billington. After a brief courtship, Kathleen and Douglas were married in 1970. She lived in Cardiff, New York and then San Diego, California until 1973 when they returned to Milwaukee, Wis. Kathleen worked in Milwaukee as a silk screener until 1978 when they decided to move to Reno, Nevada. By this time, the couple already had three children- Rebecca, Benjamin, and Rachel. The couple welcomed two more children while living in Nevada- Kassandra, and Douglas. In 1981, Douglas abandoned Kathleen and their children. In 1988, Kathleen and her children moved back to Wisconsin. In 1990, she moved to Viola, Wis., at which time she met Dennis DeWitt. After two years of courtship, Kathleen welcomed her last child, Joshua. In 1998, Kathleen bought a house in Viola, Wis. She worked for the next 20 years at local businesses- L & J’s Pub and then the Viola Quik Stop. Kathleen lost her house in the 2018 Flood, at which time she retired and moved in with her only sibling, Melody Mata, who also resides in Viola, Wis. 

Kathleen had many interests and hobbies. She loved learning. She had a special interest in learning history, astrology, anthropology, and religion. She loved to read. Every house she ever lived in had a room dedicated to being a library, even if that meant her children would have to share a room. She enjoyed going to museums, caves, parks, zoos, historical sites, and to her children’s homes. Kathleen enjoyed gardening and decorating her yard. She loved birdwatching and had a special love for hummingbirds. She enjoyed baking, cooking, arts, and crafts. She loved being around animals, nature, and looking up at the night sky. She loved coffee, Diet Coke, grapes, crackers, and peanut butter M&Ms. But the most important things to her in life were her family, who she unconditionally loved and doted on.

Kathleen is survived by her six children- Rebecca (Bear) Kennedy-Thomas, Benjamin Billington, Rachel (Ron) Stout, Kassandra (Andrew) Billington, Douglas (Kelly) Billington, and Joshua (Christina) DeWitt. She had 14 grandchildren- Seth Hiemstra, Sarah Hiemstra, Alexandra Sanwick, Issacc Billington, Chloe Billington, Kianna Billington, Sophia Billington, Aiden Billington, Autumn Stout, Logan Stout, Adrian Tumidajewicz, Ayla Tumidajewicz, Alana Billington, and Annabelle Billington. Kathleen had one great grandchild, Aspyn Niemeyer. She is survived by her only sister, Melody Mata, her only nephew, Gabriel (Crystal) Mata, and many other extended family members and friends.

Kathleen had a very private funeral service with her children. She was loved beyond words and will be remembered for lifetimes.

The family would like to thank Jeff Roth at the Roth Family Cremation Center for his exquisite care of our mother.



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