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Ann Kay Miga (Mikutis-Niesen) VIEW PROFILE

Ann Kay Miga (Mikutis-Niesen)

Visitation will be held Monday February 12 from 3:00-6:00pm and Tuesday starting at 9:30am with a Celebration of Life Service at 11:30am at Great Lakes Church; 7600 75th Street, Suite 220, Kenosha, WI, 53142. The service will be live-streamed, details to follow. 


Ann Kay (Miga) Mikutis-Niesen, 80 years old, peacefully made her way to heaven on January 29, 2024, surrounded by her beloved husband, children, step children and grandchildren whom she deeply loved.

A lifelong resident of Kenosha, she was born on July 9, 1943, the daughter of the late Richard and Laverne (Weinholz) Miga.   Ann Kay lived a good fruitful life and will always be remembered as someone who constantly encouraged and led by example.  She was a 1961 graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School and served at various times helping to arrange class reunions.   In 1987 she graduated with an Associates Degree in Accounting from Gateway Technical College while also working there full time.

Ann Kay met the love of her life at the age of 13, James V. Mikutis.  He became her childhood sweetheart and on November 10, 1962 they married in a candlelight ceremony at Friedens Lutheran Church.  They honeymooned in New York City and celebrated a wonderful 37 years of marriage before his death on November 2, 1999. She was always the love of his life.

In the fall of 2000 she met another wonderful man, Thomas Niesen, through a blind date. They both worked at Gateway Technical College and found they had many things in common.  On a beautiful summer day, June 9, 2001, they were married at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church in Kenosha, WI.They had a wonderful honeymoon in Maine and always wanted to return.

Ann Kay started her first secretarial job at Great Lakes Naval Base in June of 1961. She quit that job because she was going to become a full time mother in August of 1963. Throughout her lifetime she was employed at Northwestern Drapery Company, First Presbyterian Church, C.J.W. Distributors, and retired from Gateway Technical College on April 30, 2002.  After she retired she worked part time at Sew & Save in Racine and loved every minute spent taking care of the customers.

Ann believed in staying active and was always keeping herself busy during her 80 plus years. As a young mother,  she was highly involved in her church and children’s schools. She served as Sunday school teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, and held many offices in the women’s circles of Holy Nativity Church. She also held the offices of Treasurer, Secretary, and President of Jefferson School P.T.A. and she and her husband chaperoned many of their children’s school activities.  She also enjoyed participating in her many bowling leagues and boasted at her high game of 274.  As the years went on she learned to play bridge and golf which became the real joys in her life.  For many years she was a member of the Senior Center Duplicate and A.L.L. Bridge clubs, as well as three Round Robin groups, two other Duplicate groups, two couples groups and in a group that she helped form in 1967.   Ann loved golfing and was a member of the Muni Wednesday morning and the Thursday Traveling Birdies Golf Leagues for over thirteen years. She also loved to garden, scrapbook with her family, quilt with her friends, and camp with her husband and family.

She and Tom had a permanent camp site at Plymouth Rock, Wisconsin for over 17 years.  Most of her summer months were spent there along with her children and grandchildren.  Her favorite time was golfing with her husband, son, son-in-laws and brother–in-law at the campgrounds. This was quite a challenge being the only woman with three guys but she loved every minute of it.  In later years her daughter and daughter-in-law started to golf and she was glad.

Ann was a devoted and supportive grandma and great-grandmother! She cheered on her grandkids in t-ball, softball, lego robotics, band and the many theatrical performances.  She beamed with pride at the graduations, weddings and births of her great-grandchildren. She loved her grandchildren unconditionally and they all knew it.

Above all Ann loved her Lord and master. She loved her church and bible study group (BFS) which she faithfully attended every Monday evening. The best part of her day was waking up and devoting one hour or more to reading her Bible. Ann quickly became an active member once she joined Great Lakes Church.  She and Tom enjoyed their couples group, she became the “grandma” for Royal Kids Camp and she and Tom loved taking care of the babies in the nursery on Sundays. She even reaffirmed her faith through water baptism in 2019. Her faith was extremely strong and she went to sleep every night leaving all her worries in God’s hands. She died knowing that eternity would be spent in heaven, that heaven was real and looking forward to joining all that went before her and knowing that she would be waiting to meet those who would be coming after her. 

Ann is survived by many wonderful family members and friends.  Left to celebrate her life are her loving husband, Tom; her children Kirsten McCollum, Kurt (Jennifer) Mikutis, Kerrie (Brett) Pasternak; step-children, Tommy (Tanya) Niesen, Jason Niesen and former son-in-law, Larry McCollum.   Her loving grandchildren; Cameron (Courtney) Mikutis,  Madison McCollum and Tyler Van Nuland, Waverly McCollum, and Jasper, Tillie and Kaylie Pasternak and Kelsey (Matthew) Steinmetz and great-grandchildren; Carter Mikutis, and Kaiden and Lennon Steinmetz.  She is also survived by her dear friends, Phyllis Martino, Dorene Santarelli, and Carol Perona and her cousins Cathy Toms and Linda Amico.

Ann was always willing to talk, glad to see you, had a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face.  She will be missed by all who knew her, especially her family.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James V. Mikutis, her parents; Richard and Laverne Miga, her in-laws; Hazel & Bill Mikutis and Grandma Jo Niesen,  her grandson; Bailey Leander James McCollum and step-son, David Niesen. 

Visitation will be held Monday February 12 from 3:00-6:00pm and Tuesday starting at 9:30am with a Celebration of Life Service at 11:30am at Great Lakes Church; 7600 75th Street, Suite 220, Kenosha, WI, 53142. The service will be live-streamed, details to follow. 

(Ann Kay wrote the majority of her own obituary, we hope you enjoyed reading it.)

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02/03/24 08:57 AM #1    

Milton Hagopian

Sorry to hear of Ann's passing. What a wonderful person she was. R.I.P. Ann.

02/03/24 04:34 PM #2    

Henry Hartnek

So sorry to hear of Ann Kay's passing. My sincere condolences to her. family. I first met Ann Kay in Jr. High School. She was always a great person to be arounds. She certainly will be missed. Rest in peace Ann Kay.

02/03/24 04:48 PM #3    

Mary Irving (Jurgaitis)

Ann Kay, Yes, I did enjoy reading your obituary. I was pretty much out of breath by the time I got to the last period. You know, people say, "Rest In Peace." Somehow I feel you won't want to be just sitting around. Have fun and find joy in this next stage of life.

02/04/24 07:21 AM #4    

John Sturino

So sorry to read of another classmates passing, didn't know her very well, bless you Ann, you sound like a wonderful girl.

02/04/24 11:01 AM #5    

Janet Leet (Hanson)

Ann, what a beautiful women, inside and out.  I agree with Mary.  She spread her capabilities and gifts in so many directions.  

I think about 10 years ago I attended a quilting class in Antioch . It was bit out of my normal track.
Ann walked in, I was so glad to connect again with her and spend time with her and our craft.  During my years at Gateway I would run into her from time to time.  She always was so put together and had an eternal smile.  
Her passing saddened me a great deal.  Heaven awaits her. She will make a perfect  kingdom even more perfect.








02/04/24 05:31 PM #6    

Tom Haubrich

So sorry to hear about the passing of Ann Kay.  We dated a few times in junior high.  We would often talk about that time when we met at our class reunions.  Ann was fun to be with and had a good sense of humor.  My condolences to her family!


07/03/24 02:18 PM #7    

Rita Martino (Ginocchio)

Ann Kay's passing was a surprise, and yet it wasn't. I knew of her battle with cancer and had seen her a
half year ago at a local restaurant looking noticeably weary but still with her ever present smile ! At some point, months later, she indicated on a Facebook post she had completed all her many treatments and "won her battle with the big "C" and rang the bell where she had received chemo and radiation !! There were lots of whoops and hurrahs from her friends...but the glad news was short lived.
One of my favorite memories of us in our Jr High years was laying flat on the floor and looking thru the spindles of the balcony over looking the entry way of The Woman's Club. We watched the smartly dressed attendees coming into the social event taking place there at night. Ann's family lived upstairs so we were aware when any and all of these functions took place. We would judge who wore the best dress and who was with the most handsome guy in attendance. Ann was always able to snatch a dessert from the kitchen and bring upstairs for us to enjoy ! It's funny how there are brief snatches of time etched in your memory bank; this is definitely one of
them ! Ann kay, at the last Bradford event you attended, you told me something I should definitely do but I never followed up on it. I see now how precious our time is on Earth and give you my word, I will act upon this by the end of Summer ! Rest in peace, you beautiful soul. I know Heaven is just as you expected. Even better, now that you're there :- ) !

07/03/24 10:30 PM #8    

Jerry Hubbard

So sorry to hear of ann Kay's passing-I did not know it until I saw the update on the website. I knew Ann Kay since elementry school. 

Prayers to you Ann Kay.

07/06/24 08:36 AM #9    

Jack Minski

Ann and I had last names that began with the same letter, so we always close for the classes we shared. Ann was always upbeat and pleasant!  The Reunions also us a time to chat and get caught up. RIP Ann.  Jack Minski

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