She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, Harold L. Tremaine, and by daughter Yvonne Marie, granddaughter Courtney Anne Masse, her parents and five siblings.
She is survived by daughters Kathryn (Kitty) Tremaine Masse and husband, Bob, of Grovetown, Georgia, and Joan Tremaine Clarke and companion, Rick Neal, of Spokane, sister Lucille Bekavac of Chicago, Illinois, as well as seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Katharine (known as Kay and Aunt Kay to many friends and family) was born September 8, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, to John and Lucy Semanic, immigrants from the former Yugoslavia, now Croatia.
She met Harold at a dance in Chicago during the big band era, and they continued to enjoy dancing together most of their lives.
When Harold joined the U.S. Navy during WWII, serving aboard the U.S.S.
Lexington, Katharine worked in a factory supporting the war effort in Chicago.
After the war, they lived briefly in southern California before settling in central Illinois near Harold’s family, where he was a florist and owned Tremaine Brothers Greenhouse with one of his brothers.
Eventually, they moved to Champaign, Illinois, where they raised their daughters and lived for 28 years before retiring to Spokane to be near daughter Joan and her family.
They enjoyed traveling, mostly to visit family in various parts of the United States.
Katharine never wanted to learn to drive so she was always Harold’s passenger on their many long driving trips.
Her favorite hobby was baking, and the family favorite was her homemade bread.
She always enjoyed her grandchildren, and later, great-grandchildren, who loved to play games with “GiGi.”
After Harold’s death, Katharine moved to Fairwood Retirement Village, where she appreciated having van service to take her to St. Thomas More Catholic Church where she was a faithful member who prayed the rosary daily.
Her favorite pastime at Fairwood was playing Bingo, and earlier, enjoying trips to the casino.
Always avid about exercise, she could be found on the treadmill every morning.
She leaves many Fairwood friends who won’t forget her ready smile and sweet personality.
Donations to Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215, Spokane WA 99210-2215, may be made in her memory.