Kayla Lynn Jatczak, 28 of Appleton passed away peacefully September 14, 2022, at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, following 6 weeks of care for pancreatitis, with her family by her side. She was born in Appleton at St Elizabeth Hospital on February 1, 1994, to William “Bill” and Cynthia “Cindy” (Luedtke) Jatczak. She was strong-willed from the start! She was a graduate of Drake University, and she received a master’s in counseling from UW Stout.
She was an old soul who liked what she liked in so many areas. She was a fan of musical theater, played the clarinet, enjoyed jazz music, and often referred to herself as a “nerdy geek.” She loved to cook and even started an herb garden to compliment her cooking adventures. She was a gourmet foodie at heart-and time spent with her dad inventing new recipes was always special-for both of them.
Kayla was an avid reader, and so enjoyed the Harry Potter series that she read the set of books in Spanish and thus, received a scholarship for her effort. Friend Kim went with Kayla to the “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios. It was on this trip that Kayla was able to add to her wand collection. She even worked with friend Kim on a manuscript for a book, whose subject is yet unknown…but the writing of it was a source of joy for her.
She enjoyed travelling, and, while her travel was limited, she certainly had a passion to explore more of the world. One of her travel highlights was a trip to the Baltic Sea. Travelling close to home was also an annual highlight for Kayla and her family. The Musky Inn on Big St Germaine Lake was “the place to be” with extended family and even some friends.
Time spent with family was paramount to Kayla. She loved to spend time in the kitchen with her dad, loved to experience dinner and a movie with her mom, and so enjoyed hide and seek with her nephews! She was so looking forward to the arrival of her niece in December.
Kayla is survived by her parents Bill and Cindy, her brother Justin (Samantha “Sam”) Jatczak, her grandmother Freddy Jatczak, nephews: Kane, Sean, Arlo and Niko and soon to be arriving baby girl Jatczak. She is further survived by great aunts Judy Anderson and Joan Klaus; great aunt and uncle Chris and John Alter and great uncle Gene Jatczak. Aunts and uncles David (Patty) Jatczak, Paul (MariBeth) Luedtke, Paula (Brian) Fritsch, Jayne (Tom) Fuller, Julann (Mike Davis) Jatczak and cousins Brandon (Christy) Fuller, Brianna Fuller, Ryan Fritsch, Nick Fritsch and Zach Fritsch, Jayce, Kierstin and Autumn Luedtke, Sarah Davis, Joseph Jatczak, Noah (Bridget) Jatczak and Leah Jatczak further survive her. There are many wonderful friends, family and loved ones who will greatly miss her presence in their lives.
Kayla is preceded in death by her grandparents Richard Jatczak, David (Beverly) Luedtke and great grandmother Alice Klaus.
A memorial service for Kayla will be held at 4:00pm on Saturday September 24, 2022, at Wichmann Funeral Home-Tri County Chapel, 1592 Oneida Street, Fox Crossing. Friends and family may gather at the funeral home from 1:00pm until the start of the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Goodwill Industries in Kayla’s name or donate to the memorial fund which will be established.