BANGOR – Katherine Marie (Rakowski) Bruneel, 68, passed away peacefully December 31, 2013, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with Amyloidosis. Kathy was born, the third of ten children, to Valentine and Margaret (Gebauer) Rakowski in Detroit, Mich.
Early in her childhood, Kathy’s family moved to Walled Lake, Mich., where she spent much of her childhood. Kathy graduated from Walled Lake High School in 1964. After graduating, Kathy met and married John Bruneel, with whom she spent more than 48 years. Kathy was a Navy wife who maintained a home for her family throughout the United States and overseas. Kathy worked in retail sales as a clerk and later on became a nursing assistant. In 2007, Kathy and John moved to Bangor.
In addition to her parents, Kathy was predeceased by her brothers, Lawrence and Daniel Rakowski. She is survived by her husband, John Bruneel; daughter, Michelle Pinette and her husband, Joey; son, John Bruneel, Jr.; grandchildren, Nicole, Andrew and Sara Pinette and Andrew Sawyer; brothers, Patrick, Joseph and Robert; and her sisters, Shirley, Mary, Carole, and Christine.
A memorial service celebrating Kathy’s life will be held at a later date in Michigan. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Gifts in her memory may be sent to, Boston University School of Medicine, Amyloid Research Fund,72 East Concord St., K-503, Boston, MA 02118; or to the Lafayette Family Cancer Center, C/O EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME. 04402-0931. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.