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Kathryn L. Gouin

Submitted by Andy Grambau on August 10, 2018 – 5:30 pmNo Comment

Kathryn L. Gouin (Riker), 66, of Alpena passed away peacefully at her home on Lake Huron on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2018. She was born on October 2nd, 1951 in Alpena, MI. to Dr. John L. and Betty (Wilson) Riker. She obtained a BS in Nursing from U of M in 1973. She married Dan Gouin in 1974. She Worked as a nurse at Alpena’s Mid-Michigan Medical Center and District Health Department #4 for several years before completing a Master’s in Nursing Education in 1979 and finding her true vocation. She taught nursing at Alpena Community College for 23 years until poor health forced her to retire to her home on Lake Huron. While at ACC, she was instrumental in establishing the RN program and creating its curriculum. She was actively involved in the League of Women Voters and on the board that started Alpena’s first Hospice. She loved music, the theater, and the outdoors including bike riding, skiing, and especially bonfires with family and friends after a fun day of swimming.

She leaves behind her husband and soulmate, Daniel, two daughters; Erin and her husband Adam Conrardy of Captain Cook, HI., Kaitlyn and her husband Patrick Pasik of Traverse City, MI., one granddaughter; Kathryn, four sisters; Laurie and her husband Tom Nelson of Alma, MI., Mary and her husband Don Schomer of Hingham, MA., Ellen Riker of Sutton Quebec, Margaret and her husband Norm Bender of Mercer Island, WA., and her in-laws; William, Theresa and Sue Gouin all of Alpena, MI.

Kathryn has been taken from McWilliams Funeral Home for cremation. A Celebration of Life will take place on Tuesday August 14th, 2018 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at McWilliams Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial contribution to : The Kathryn Riker Gouin Nursing Award at A.C.C. Foundation (666 Johnson Street Alpena, MI. 49707), The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (www.nationalmssociety.org/Donate), or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be registered at www.mcwilliamsfh.com

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