Kathy J. Sipe, 65, North Manchester, passed away on Nov. 27, 2020, at Parkview Wabash Hospital, Wabash,. The only daughter of Colwell C. “Jiggs” and Nilah M. (May) Coldren Jr., Kathy was born on September 23, 1955 in Portland, Indiana.
Three years after graduating from Portland High School in the class of 1973, Kathy married Burton R. “Burt” Sipe on April 17, 1976. The two were wed for forty-four years and had two daughters, Andrea and Jenny Sipe.
For over eighteen years, Kathy worked for Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, as a scheduler, receptionist and office manager before she retired in June of 2019.
Kathy was a compassionate person who helped those in need. She supported children who had a rough life and made sure they had a place to live. She was supportive of everyone, especially her family. Kathy spent countless days and nights attending her grandchildren’s events and watching her sons-in-law coach baseball and football. Family was her inspiration in life, and it brought her such joy to see each one of her family members become successful. Kathy did not like to receive things; instead, she loved to give, especially at her favorite holiday, Christmas. As a member of Tri-Kappa, North Manchester, Indiana, she was able to those most in need. Kathy was also a member of the United Methodist Church in various places she lived.
The loving memory of Kathy J. Sipe will be forever cherished by her husband, Burt Sipe, North Manchester; daughters, Andrea (Rick) Espeset and Jenny (Brandon) Baker, both of North Manchester; brothers, John (Diane) Coldren, Portland, Indiana, and Steve (Jaye) Coldren, Boca Raton, Fla.; grandchildren, Addi Baker, Ethan Espeset, McKelvey Espeset, Elli Baker, Briggs Baker, and Finley Espeset; and countless people she has helped over the years.
Family and friends may call on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at 2 p.m. with calling beginning at 1 p.m. at McKee Mortuary. Pastor Jim McDonald will officiate. Burial will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester, Indiana.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Kathy J. Sipe, memorial contributions may be made to Manchester High School Athletic Department, 1 Squire Drive, North Manchester, Indiana 46962 or Northfield High School Athletic Department, 154 West 200 North, Wabash, Indiana 46992.
Under the guidelines of the State of Indiana and the Wabash County Health Department, masks and social distancing of six feet are required.
The family of Kathy J. Sipe has entrusted McKee Mortuary with final arrangements.
Condolences may be emailed to mckeemortuary.com.