Kathleen S. Niksic


Kathleen S. Kathy Niksic, 70, of Shelbyville, IL, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in her residence.
A celebration of Kathys life will be held from 11 a.m 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center in Shelbyville, Ill. Relatives and friends are invited to wear casual attire (pink or flamingo print is required) and encouraged to bring a story to share about Kathy. Arrangements are by Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, Ill. Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the Great Pyrenees Rescue of Central Illinois (www.gprci.com) or to the womens shelter Dove, Inc. (doveinc.org).
Kathy was born on June 28, 1948 in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of John F. Jack and Agnes (Grzybowski) Krynicki. She graduated from Saints Peter and Paul High School, Chicago, Ill., in the Class of 1966. Kathy married Thomas M. Tom Niksic on Nov. 24, 1967 in Chicago. She owned and operated Gwen-Jax Company, a screen printing company in Chicago, for 25 years. Kathy and Tom retired and moved to Shelbyville in 2000, where they owned and operated the Shelby County Shirt Company and Niks-Naks & Souvenirs in the downtown area for many years. While in Chicago, Kathy was president of Jane Addams Elementary School PTA. In Shelbyville, she served as the president of the Kaskia-Kaw River Conservancy (KKRC). Kathy was renowned for her cooking, which she often shared with the community, and enjoyed opening her home to family and friends.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Tom, of Shelbyville; daughters, Gwen Niksic (Lucian Babiarz) of Madison, Wis., and Jacqueline Ryan (Douglas) of Elk Grove Village, Ill; twin granddaughters, Jennifer and Madison; brother-in-law, Michael Niksic (Gail) of Chicago; nieces, Debbie Tobinski and Jill Krynicki; and nephews, Greg Tobinski, Robert Relinski, Jack Krynicki and Mike Krynicki.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Rich Krynicki and Ron Krynicki; sisters, Evelyn Tobinski, Geri Relinski and Pat Hnatt; niece, Cheryl Krynicki; and nephew, Tommy Krynicki.
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8 posts

Kevin Bernson
Feb 05, 2019
Sorry to learn of Kathy's passing. Prayers to the family for comfort during this time of grief. When Kathy assisted me in the early days of the Lake Shelbyville Balloonfest she was my rock and always tried to keep me calm when I started to get nervous. She would always say breathe its going to be OK. Truly appreciate Kathy and Tom's support even though they hated the early morning volunteer crew calls. She will be missed but her memories will live on...
Bill Devitt
Feb 04, 2019
Tom, we were pals at SFDS and remain so today - even though 1000 miles apart.

You often spoke lovingly of Kathy. I'm so sorry to learn of this great loss to you and your family - and to all who knew her.
Mary Ann Wiemuth
Feb 04, 2019
I went to SFDS with Tom. So sorry for your lost Tom. May she rest in peace & may you find comfort in your memories & your family.
Pamela Graham Schlosberg
Feb 04, 2019
There are no words that can ease the pain of this loss. My deepest condolence to Tom and his family. In time I pray that you will find comfort and peace. I attended SFDS with Tom.
Gloria Stephan Franko
Feb 03, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Tom and family for their loss. I attended SFDS high school w/ Tom. May Our Lord wrap His arms around her...
Louie Giometti
Feb 03, 2019
My condolences to Tom and family on your loss Tom and I where classmates in high school and loyal members of the number one table in the lunchroom all four years of high school. To many stories to tell of the things that happened at that table.
Jim Brylka
Feb 03, 2019
I went to high school with Tom. Very sorry for your loss. I know you were very close with your wife
C. R
Jan 31, 2019
Niksic family, my condolences for the loss of your loved one Kathlee. May the memories you have of Kathlee, bring comfort, and also may the God of all comfort, bring comfort as well.