Kathie Slesinski was mannerly and kind, even when she was in the hospital, said her daughter, Jenna Slesinski.
“Even though she was on medication, she would thank people for coming,” she said. “She believed in thanking people and sending thank you cards.”
Kathie Slesinski, 63, of Crown Point and formerly of Gary, died Sept. 19. She had worked for Gilyan, Hanson & Kopack law firm and more recently had worked for the Lake County treasurer. She was a 1968 graduate of Andrean High School.
Jenna Slesinski said her mother was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was in her 30s, and despite its crippling effects, she kept a positive attitude.
“She battled and rarely complained. She never wanted to put people out,” she said.
Kathie Slesinski had a wonderful group of friends, many dating back to her high school years.
“She was a true and fierce friend, and she maintained her friendships for decades,” she said.
Slesinski enjoyed cooking and baking, and loved making large trays of cookies for family, friends and co-workers during the holidays. She also enjoyed participating in potlucks at work.
“She loved it when people asked her for her recipe,” her daughter said.
In her younger years, she was a member of the Gary Ski Club, and enjoyed going skiing, camping and rafting. She loved the outdoors and loved participating in sports.
Jenna Slesinski said her mother was a kind, supportive, generous woman who was deeply loved by many.
“She was selfless, and never wanted anyone to worry about her,” she said. “She tried to not let her rheumatoid arthritis impact her day-to-day life, and if it did, she would change the way she did things so she could still get them done.”