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Kathryn L. Milia

August 11, 1943 December 5, 2020
Kathryn L. Milia
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Obituary for Kathryn L. Milia

Kathryn Lynn Milia died December 5, 2020. She was 77 years old. Kathryn was born on August 11, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan to parents, Martha Stoll Leone and Joseph Armando Leone.

Kathy graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in fashion retailing, working as a buyer at Hudson’s upon graduation, and then later retuning to work as buyer for her family’s wholesale food service business after staying home for 10 years to raise her small children.

She was married to the late Robert P. Milia (deceased 2011) for over 40 years. They enjoyed traveling, watching Michigan football, spending their summers at their cottage on Harsens Island, Michigan, riding their Harley Davidson motorcycle, laughing with their friends, and visiting their children and grandchildren.

An artist since a young age, Kathy pursued her creative and artistic passions throughout her life, taking up jewelry making in her 40s and into retirement, and dabbling in other art mediums like painting, pottery and drawing in her later years.

Kathy was a consummate fashionista, who was always dressed to the nines and adorned in her latest jewelry creations. She had an infectious laugh, and nothing brought a bigger smile to her face than seeing her beloved grandchildren. She enjoyed nothing more than giving to those she loved and to those who needed it. She will be remembered for her generous heart.

Kathy is survived by her two children, Marc J. (Caroline) Milia and Martha (“Mardi”) K. (John Atchley) Milia and her cherished grandchildren, Sophia Milia, Rocco Milia, Brock Atchley, and Vivian Atchley. She is also survived by her siblings, Patricia (Victor) Leone Merritt, Susan (Jonathan) Leone Staryk, and Joseph (Diane) Armando Leone II, and many nieces and nephews.

Kathy supported and encouraged her children’s pursuit of advanced education and professional degrees. To further her giving spirit and support of education, a scholarship fund will be established at each of her children’s high school alma maters, Mercy High School in Farmington Hills and Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, MI. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Kathryn Milia to Mercy High School ( or Brother Rice High School (

Due to the current pandemic, a private Funeral Mass for immediate family only will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Christ, Our Light! Catholic Church in Troy, Michigan. For those of you who wish to watch the Mass it will be live streamed.

Follow the link below to view the live stream:
A celebration of Kathy’s life for all friends and family will take place Summer 2021.
After clicking on this link there will be a link to the church facebook livestream.


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