Kathryn “Kate” Michelau, a resident of Grayslake, passed away March 22, 2014 at Lexington Home in Lake Zurich at the age of 84. She was born February 22, 1930 in McHenry County to Ford and Mayme (nee: Frett) Jackson. Kate married Fred “Benny” Michelau on January 5, 1952 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg. She helped manage Michelau’s Greenhouse and farm stand in Grayslake for many years. Kate enjoyed socializing with the customers. She was a big sports fan and attended many of her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. She loved to prepare homemade jam and give it to her friends with the request of “bring back the empty jars.” Kate is survived by her children Debby (Mark Mueller) Michelau of Montello, WI, John (Leslie) of Johnsburg, Diane (Fred) Bryant of Lake Zurich, Ben of Trevor, WI, and Bernadine Michelau of Algonquin, her grandchildren John, Scott, Bob, Hallie, Mike and Joey Michelau, Ricky and Danny Bryant, and Jeff and Jay Halvorsen, her great grandchildren Rohnan, Ryker, and Addison Michelau, and her brother Ed Jackson. She was preceded in death by her husband, her sisters Connie and Marie, and her brothers George, Joe, Art, and Jim. A memorial visitation is scheduled for Friday March 28, 2014 from 4:00pm until 9:00pm at St. Gilbert Catholic Church 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. The memorial mass is scheduled for Saturday March 29, 2014 at 10:00am at the church. All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium. Interment will be held privately. For further information, please call (847) 223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.