Kathleen Robenalt

Kathleen Robenalt

April 19, 1956 June 30, 2019

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Obituary for Kathleen Ann "Kathy" Robenalt (Snow) Dr.

Dr. Kathleen “Kathy” Ann (Snow) Robenalt, 63, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, June 30, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband William A. “Bill” and her three sons - “the boys” – John “Jack” (and wife Lauren Dillon), Sean, and Franklin. Kathy and Bill lived in Ann Arbor, Denver, Kansas City, Dallas, and Atlanta, moving around the country for Bill’s job with General Motors, before finally settling back in Ann Arbor in 2001. She is survived on the Snow side of the family by her parents, Dr. William (Bill) and Marguerite (Marge) Snow of Lima, OH; her five siblings, Genie Snow, Mike Snow (wife Mary), Dan Snow (wife Diane), Julie Reese (husband Clint), and Greg Snow (wife Molly), and seven nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Bill’s six siblings and their partners, her twenty-one nieces and nephews, and a growing contingent of grand-nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father and mother in law, John Alton and Margaret Durbin Robenalt of Lima, Ohio. Born April 19, 1956, in St. Louis, Missouri, she spent most of her childhood in Lima, Ohio. She and Bill were married in Lima on December 17, 1983, at St. Charles Catholic Church. She graduated with a BS in Speech Pathology from the University of Cincinnati in 1978, received her MA in Speech Pathology from Auburn University in 1980, and finally earned her Ph. D. in Speech Pathology from the University of Michigan in 1985. She was the Book Depository Manager at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School from 2010 until April of 2019. She served as the Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Book Festival from 2004 through 2010. She also found passion in volunteer work and her faith, first at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Marietta, GA, where she was on the Women’s Guild, ran the yearly “Apple Annie” arts and crafts show, and won the parish’s Woman of the Year award in 1998.She channeled this volunteerism once again upon moving to Ann Arbor in 2001, where she served in various roles on the PTSO board at Pioneer High School from 2002 through 2011, including Athletic Booster Club President from 2008-2010. She was also on the board of the Pioneer Men’s Lacrosse Board in various capacities, and even served on the men’s lacrosse board at Skyline High School from 2013-2016, where her son Jack was the head coach.She found particular joy in her children and their friends, helping each find their passion and always encouraging them to continue to grow and learn. An avid reader, she was known even in her final days to read each issue of The New Yorker cover to cover. She enjoyed her large contingent of family and friends, her bunco group, tennis, and in her later years even warmed up to “Welly” dogs!Kathy and Bill enjoyed hosting the boys and their friends, and only had two rules. The first rule was if the garage door was open, there was to be no ringing of the doorbell; walk right in! The second rule was that unless there was a label on anything in the fridge or pantry, everything was up for grabs. Every Christmas, this was a source of frustration for Kathy as she watched her Christmas treat inventory mysteriously vanish from well labeled cookie boxes. She loved having the boys and their friends over, and shared many laughs and stories with them.There will be a visitation at Nie Funeral Home at 3767 W Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 on Sunday, July 7, from 4-7pm. The funeral service will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church at 530 Elizabeth St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, on Monday, July 8, at 10am, with burial immediately to follow at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery at 300 Sunset Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. A reception will follow at Polo Fields Golf and Country Club, 5200 Polo Fields Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Please visit for more information on the funeral and surrounding events.Donations can be made in Kathy’s honor to the boy’s lacrosse teams at Ann Arbor Pioneer and Ann Arbor Skyline High Schools. Please contact the Athletic Department at either school for information on how to donate. Pioneer can be reached at (734) 994-2120 and Skyline at (734) 994-7075.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday June 30, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Sunday June 30, 2019
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Interment

    Monday July 1, 2019 |
    St Thomas Catholic Cemetery
    300 Sunset Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Monday July 1, 2019
  • Mass

    Sunday July 7, 2019 | 4:00pm
    St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic church
    Address Not Available
    Sunday July 7, 2019
    Fr. Gartland

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The family has my heartfelt condolences. Kathy was a terrific person and I enjoyed working with her at Pioneer High School. She will be missed by many friends!Patsy Klassen
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