Kim (Kahl) Bouschart
October 24, 1962 – August 19, 2021
Kim Bouschart, 58, moved on to heaven to continue her magic as a very special angel on August 19th. *27 years to the date of her passing, she made her husband Marty the luckiest guy on earth, by taking his hand in marriage. “Happy Anniversary Gorgeous!”
Kim was born at St Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee, where her sister Judy was in nursing school, and cared for her in the new-born nursery. She grew up in New Berlin, WI, among many fun-loving friends and neighbors. Her house was the place all the kids loved to hang out. Her parents were regularly hosting large family parties for aunts, uncles, and cousins, which Kim held dear to her heart.
Kim attended New Berlin West High School, where she excelled as a 3-sport athlete. She was also a great student. At least that is what a recently discovered report card from 6th grade said: “Kim was the smartest girl in her whole class, and was very popular, getting along with everyone, especially the boys”. She later attended UW-Milwaukee, then moved to Green Bay to work at Humana. She held a number of different leadership positions there, but most importantly, met Marty there. Marty took a job at Humana fresh out of college, and walked into a workplace of about 2000 women, and 17 guys! He thought he was in heaven, but soon it was very clear the 1 out of 2000 was Kim. They loved playing in various sports leagues offered on-site after work, and to this day, cherish many friendships from those co-workers. So many fun memories of ski trips, Brewer buses, golf outings (“The Crack One Open”), and any other opportunity to get together for laughs with friends.
After many years at Humana, Kim took a leap of faith to pursue her dream of starting her own business. After much research on needed business in the area, she created Sweep It Clean, Inc, a residential and commercial cleaning company. She has owned and managed the successful business for almost 20 years. An incredible amount of hard work over the years, but Kim always gave credit to her dedicated team of employees, and genuinely appreciated every client.
July 5, 1998, Kim gave birth to Ali Louise. The next chapter of Kim’s life of making people around her special in every way. She was a natural and magical in every way a mom could be. Ali has grown and matured in such a special way because of her mom. What Kim has given Ali in 23 years will never be taken away, and it’s already so evident that Ali is carrying on Kim’s gifts of kindness, generosity, and always ready to host the best party in town! Ali has also inherited Kim’s party planning calculations, which included enough food for at least 6 times what will ever be eaten. Many years of Marty trying to say, “lets just keep it simple”, he has realized that it was always planned to have a great party, but also enough food so she could send everyone home with some left-overs.
Kim was also a wonderful Mom outside the home as Ali grew up. Always the first to volunteer at school, begging Ali to bring friends to the house so she could entertain them, or planning the next fun activity for her to bring the kids to. There is not enough time to describe Ali’s birthday parties! (refer back to party planning calculations) Quite sure all the neighbors remember blow up slides and jump houses, a yard overflowing with games of every kind, magicians, movies projected on the side of the house, and somehow convinced the local fire department to bring a truck to the house. She was incredible to watch in action.
Over 3-1/2 years ago, Kim was given the awful news that a large tumor was found behind her eye. After consulting with many doctors, it was determined the only option was to remove the eye. Obviously very traumatic, although Kim was amazing how she handled it. Being told that removing the tumor would also remove the cancer, she said let's do it, I have another! Always willing to put other people’s needs ahead of hers, 3 days after surgery, Marty’s Dad passed away, and Kim switched gears to helping others again.
Shortly before Kim’s diagnoses, she turned the small town of Suamico into a heart-warming story that could have been told in Hollywood. The family dog Toby was lost, and months of searching began with 100’s of special people. Kim and Marty have developed so many new special friends that were complete strangers before the searching began. Not to mention dozens and dozens of current friends who took so much time from their lives to assist in any way possible. There was also a weekend that brother-in-law Brad, along with nephews Brandon & Kenny were in town from Tennessee for a Packer game, but ended up searching. Toby was never found, but a new organization was formed with the help of many wonderful people. “Get Toby Home Volunteer Lost Dog Search & Rescue Group”. Since Toby was lost, this group has helped 100’s of families locate their lost dogs.
Kim’s clean bill of health after eye surgery did not last long. Cancer was detected in her liver, and the long battle began. The cancer was a rare one called Ocular Melanoma, and very little was known about it. She was expected not to live beyond 6 months. Kim lived 3 years and 7 months. Multiple trips to University Hospital, Froedtert Hospital and Mayo clinic did not dampen her spirit. She endured an incredible amount of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and clinical trials. Many of these treatments were luckily available here in town at Bellin Cancer. We will never be able to thank Dr. Tahsildar, Jani Cook and the many nurses who provided passionate and caring support for Kim.
Most of those 3 plus years were not the sad story we read about so often. Kim did not quit, and did not stop living! Amazing the fun that was shared with so many friends and family during this time. She loved her trip to Arizona to stay with bother-in-law Jeff and wonderful wife Donna. A fantastic trip to Florida with Marty, sister-in-law Becca & hubby Rick. Her and Ali made a trip to California just a few weeks ago to visit her sister Judy and husband Burt, along with their kids (who were like close friends to Kim) They all adored Kim, and always looked forward to her visits. Kim, Marty, Ali & Spencer also traveled to Tennessee with sister-in-law Becca & hubby Rick for her niece Katie’s wedding at the end of June. We also recently had a wonderful visit from sister-in-law Lisa from Arkansas. Just 2 weeks ago, we spent a wonderful weekend with fantastic friends on Kelly Lake, Kim leading the way of smiles on pontoon rides. Kim was also recently honored at the Jerry Parin’s Cruise for Cancer Ride. Jerry is another angel in this community. Besides the tremendous amount of money his ride has raised for the fight against cancer, Jerry spends many days visiting with cancer patients. Thank you so much Jerry.
Kim loved her time in the kitchen if it was preparing for others. But there was a time when she would step aside. That’s when nephew Marty or Andy were in town from Arkansas, and were ready to put on a show of southern smoked meats and much more. Nothing better for Kim then to have a lot of family visiting, and a house full of them staying for as long as they wanted. She also loved to entertain friends every chance she had. Pool parties, Marty Gras parties, Back yard Olympics, Packer parties, backyard fires, chilling on the neighbor’s deck with her “go to drink”, or maybe just because it was a day that ended in the letter Y.
Kim will be dearly missed by so many, but we are confident that she has made a positive difference every path she has taken, and every person she has shared time with.
Kim is survived by her hubby Marty, precious daughter Ali(Spencer) & loving dogs Stella & Kona. Her sister Judy and husband Burt, along with their kids, Jennifer, Matt & Jon. Marty’s brother Brad and wife Susan, along with kids Brandon, Katie & Kenny in Tennessee. Marty’s sister Lisa and husband Bill Tice, along with kids Marty(Morgan), and their kids Rhett & Waylon, plus Andy(Carrie) and their new little one Eli. Also, a third son Michael, all in Arkansas & Missouri. Marty’s brother Jeff(Donna) in Arizona, Marty’s sister Amy(Frank) Callea in Arizona, and Marty’s sister Becca(Rick) Raymond who are close by in Appleton and spend extra special time with Kim, including wonderful pontoon rides. Also, their son Dustin(Kelly) Wilhelme and daughter Hattie. Also, way too many friends to mention, that we hope will carry wonderful memories in their hearts forever. Thank you all for being there for Ali & Marty too.
Kim was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Jane & Ken Kahl, her brother Kenny, along with Marty’s parents Grace & Ken Bouschart.
Friends & family may join the family for a casual Celebration of a Wonderful Life on August 29th from 2:00-8:00, at Rock Garden Banquet – Grand Ballroom North. 1951 Bond St, Green Bay.
Thank you Kim! You are loved forever.