Kathy Gygax

kathy gygax

December 23, 1947 ~ March 30, 2022

Born in: Portland, OR
Resided in: Livermore, CA

KATHY GYGAX beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend unexpectedly passed away on March 30, 2022 at the age of 74. Kathy is survived by her husband Frank Gygax, three children Kelly Gygax, Erik Gygax and Courtney Nuno (Albert Nuno son-in-law) and 5 grandchildren: Bailey, Nolan, Kinley, Jase and Trey. She is also survived by her brother Steve Vogler (Robin sister-in-law), mother-in-law (Yvonne Moriarty) and sisters-in-law (Lynn Gygax) and (Suzanne Anest). Kathy’s Father (Neil Vogler), Mother (Barbara Vogler), younger brother (Ken Vogler), father-in-law (Frank Gygax) and brother-in-law (Mike Gygax) predeceased her.
Kathy was born in Portland, Oregon and moved with her family to the Bay Area at a young age. Kathy grew up in Fremont, California where she met the love of her life, Frank, at Washington High School. Frank and Kathy became high school sweethearts and were married for 54 wonderful years. They raised 3 children in Fremont and loved to spend summers with the swim team and on camping trips. Kathy spent many years working within Fremont Unified School District, as well as helping Frank at Highlands Swim Club. After Kathy retired in 2008, they moved to Livermore to be closer to their family and enjoyed many trips to various parts of the world.
Kathy had many passions including reading, movies, traveling and shopping. Most of all she loved being with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren. Kathy’s energy was contagious and everyone loved to be around her fun, kind hearted, loving personality. She will be missed tremendously by her family and friends and her love will live on in everyone she knew.
Services will be held at American High School Gymnasium in Fremont, California on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 2 pm. Flowers are welcome and if you would like you can also make a donation to the Cancer charity of your choice.


Celebration of Life: April 9, 2022 2:00 pm - July 20, 2024 3:00 pm

Room: Gymnasium

American High School
36300 Fremont Blvd
Fremont, CA 94536

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  1. Mom You were suppose to come home but now your flying with the Angels above. Until we meet again . Thank you for almost 50 years that I had with you. I love you more then words can say. You were the best MOM. YOU AND DAD were the best parents anyone ask for . Love you. Your daughter Kelly

  2. CandleWe only knew you for a very short time on our vacation out west, but we quickly became became friends. You and Frank will always be in our memories and in our hearts. Most of all you will be loved and missed by everyone who ever knew you.

  3. CandleWe were blessed to meet Kathy and Frank in Munich in 2017. Such great people! We kept in touch and finally got to travel again on a National Parks tour last fall. Kathy was so friendly and sweet. The kind of person you are drawn to, at ease with and just FUN. She would always put a positive spin on anything if I felt negative about something.
    Frank and Kathy, the dynamic duo of fun, friendly, and genuinely great people! She spoke of her beloved family often and always shopped for gifts for them.
    Kathy took her last trip without us, but we’ll see her again someday. Until then, God bless her loved ones as they carry her words and memories in their hearts.
    Rest in peace dear lady. We will miss our conversations!

    • Kathy was so much fun when we were all together on our trip! So glad we have wonderful memories to hold on to.

  4. Friends for 40+ years. Kathy was the sweetest person I ever knew. Losing her leaves a huge hole in my heart. I will miss her beyond words.

  5. CandleKathy,
    Your smile always lit up a room which led to a great party, a long conversation about books to read, stories of past experiences that made you laugh and in general just a good time. You will be missed by many.

  6. Kathy,
    You were such a good friend to me. I have so many great memories of the fun times with you and your family. Your children have been raised with the sound foundation that you and Frank provided.
    They will follow in your footsteps.
    I love you.

  7. CandleJust beyond sad for your entire family!
    The perfect hands on grandma, you reminded me so much of my own mom♥️
    Kind, fun, constant smile, wanting time with the grandkids as much as possible, simply unique and wonderful from the inside out.
    You will be remembered and talked about daily, enjoy some quality time with my mom please. You two will be great friends.
    We will meet again, stay close to your Frankie Boy…. He’s gonna still need to know you are near in spirit. Please show everyone signs that you are close.
    You are a gem that can never be replaced or forgotten 🙏🏽

  8. CandleKathy was a very warm, special, and great lady. I will forever be grateful to her, for her kindness to my son at Irvington High. My son was having many issues at that time, but when he went into the Administration Office, he was greeted by Kathy, who had the warmest, kindest, and soothing smile, that I and my son had ever experienced. Kathy was in fact an angel on earth, and now I have no doubt she is an angel in heaven, working in the Administration Office, and greeting all that enter heaven in her very warm and special way. Kathy was blessed by God on earth, and without a doubt God continues to bless Kathy in heaven. Kathy, thank you so very much for your kindness to my son, and in turn, thank you so very much for your kindness to me.

  9. CandleKathy, your warm smile, big heart, and wonerful sense of humor will be missed. You will be forever in our hearts.

  10. CandleWe met in 2010 when you and Frank moved next door to us. Not only were you wonderful neighbors, but over the past 12 years, we grew to be friends. We are all better off for having known you. With love from our family to yours and our deepest condolences.

  11. CandleMom, there is no greater loss than that of a mother! It hurts. Its painful. You were simply the best! You lit up a room. Your and dads love was infectious. You were the most selfless person & always thinking of others! The way you not only loved dad & us was amazing, but your grandkids surely had the best nana! Fly high mom and please come visit! We need to see you and feel you! Life will never be the same again. Love you always.
    Im lighting this candle for you to find your way!

  12. CandleMay her sweet memories give you the strength to get through this sorrow. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

    – Richen & Meenal Behl

  13. I met Frank and Kathy in 1972 when we started teaching 50 years ago at American High School. It is fitting that the service will be held there as we all have a long history with the school. Kathy was always so much fun when we had gatherings and I know she loved her family as much as they loved her. This is such a loss for Frank as she was the love of his life.

  14. CandleOur heartfelt and deepest condolences to you and your family. Although loss and grief are difficult, may you be consoled in time with all the loving memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Rest in Peace.

    Ram, Samyuktha Rangarajan and Nagina Bhandary

  15. CandleIt was a great gift to both of us to have known you both for more than 25 years. We spent many vacations and fun times together. You have left us all to soon. May we meet again some day.

  16. CandleWe may have met once in the Highland Swimming team, your smile encourage everyone, we will miss you. Be strong, coach Frank! We will be here to support you!

  17. CandleFrank and family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I know Frank and Kathy from Highlands Swim Club and admire both of them for so much dedication and caring for the community. May Kathy’s spirit rest in peace. Sending prayers and our deepest condolences.

  18. CandleEvery time I would drive up to the bay area to visit my family who lived next door to Kathy and Frank I would hear Kathy’s laugh and big smile at some point and it always put a big smile on my face. She could always take my dad’s jokes and give them right back to him which was hilarious to see them go back and forth. Thinking of you Frank! You’ll be in our thoughts a lot.

  19. Kathy was a neighbor in the truest sense of the word. She was warm, inviting, kind, and knew how to put a smile on your face effortlessly. Frank and Kathy’s love is and will always be so genuine and apparent, it was special to see. Sending my deepest condolences.

  20. CandleKathy I always enjoyed the short visits we had at your home in Fremont as well as at Highlands. Frank she is with the Angels watching over you and the rest of your family. God Bless you all!


  21. No words can express the sorrow we felt when we heard of Kathy’s passing. We met her and Frank on our trip to Europe in 2017 and have kept in touch ever since. She would always speak about how much she loved her family and how proud she was of them. Frank, her children and grandchildren were the love of her life. May all the wonderful memories help you through this most difficult time.

  22. CandleKathy,

    I have nothing but fond memories of you during mine and my sisters’ (and son for 1 year) swimming for Frank. You were always so sweet and supportive. I know you were a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. I certainly know the feeling your family is going through right now. As you watch over them from now on until you see them again, say hi to my mom for us and have her show you around! 🙂 Rest In Peace! ❤️🙏🏼

    Damian Vega & family

    Death Is Nothing At All

    By Henry Scott-Holland

    “Death is nothing at all.
    It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Nothing has happened.

    Everything remains exactly as it was.
    I am I, and you are you,
    and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

    Call me by the old familiar name.
    Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no difference into your tone.
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same as it ever was.
    There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
    What is this death but a negligible accident?

    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
    somewhere very near,
    just round the corner.

    All is well.
    Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!”

  23. CandleKathy was such a shining light of positivity in this world. Many times when I would pull into my parent’s driveway I would be greeted by Kathy’s warm smile. You couldn’t help but feel comfortable and happy around her! She will be missed greatly. My thoughts are with the entire Gygax family.

  24. CandleFrank and Gygax family,
    We are so sorry for your tremendous loss. Kathy was such a wonderful person and amazing mom. I have so many amazing memories from my childhood spending time with Kathy and the family camping in Mendocino or up in Lake Tahoe. I enjoyed all of those summer days when she was one of my “moms” around camp. Always loving, always laughing. ❤️

  25. I always loved and appreciated seeing Kathy at our swim banquet. Such a lovely person with so much light and love. Frank, you and Kathy will always hold a special place in our hearts. Much love to you.
    Carrie, Lilly, Lucy Hollingshaus
    And family

  26. CandleDear Frank and Family,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers during this traumatic time.

    All Love,

    The Wolnick Family

  27. CandleFrank, I just heard about Kathy from my brother. I am so very sorry for your family’s grief. I can’t imagine the sense of loss. My clearest recollection of you and your meeting Kathy was of you walking between classes at WHS. You were heading toward me and I saw this girl walking on your flank and purposely steeling herself to bump into you. Her books went flying and, as a true gentleman, you stopped to help her gather her belongings. Later that day I saw you again and mentioned that she had purposefully bumped you. You were sure that it was a pure accident. My next recollection was hearing you two were dating and as they say, the rest is history. You have been very blessed. I am sad and happy for you, old friend. May the Lord multiply your family’s blessings.

  28. CandleMr. Gygax,

    It wasn’t that long ago that I saw you and Kathy at my work, you both always made my day when I would see you together! Kathy was always so sweet, kind and caring, she was a bright light and a ray of sunshine and I will miss her dearly…..❤️ Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, Kelly and your entire family. I pray that you will continue to feel Kathy’s presence and you know that she will always be with you.

    God Bless🙏

  29. CandleMr. Gygax,

    It wasn’t that long ago that I saw you and Kathy at my work, you both always made my day when I would see you together! Kathy was a sweet, kind and caring person, she was a bright light and a ray of sunshine and I will miss her dearly…..❤️ Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, Kelly and your entire family. I pray that you will continue to feel Kathy’s presence and you know that she will always be with you.

    God Bless🙏

  30. CandleDear Gygax Family,
    One of my first memories of Kathy was when she was pregnant with the twins. She was a trooper. Her family was her top priority. Our American family was always so close. We shared so much and Kathy was always in on the fun or sharing the sadness. Her personality was so alive and she made me feel that I could share anything with her.
    Our family is shrinking and I realize my vulnerability. This one hit hard because it was so unexpected. She was one of us. Know that she will never be forgotten and that she will always be with you in spirit. The memories of her will be vivid and alive. Celebrate her wonderful, compassionate life throughout your lives. She has left you a lifetime of memories. Love you all, Loretta

  31. Well I guess we’re just getting a little too old because we came down American high School on Sunday at 2:00, not Saturday at 2:00 which is when the memorial was. We apologize Frank. We would have loved to see you and give you our condolences. Hope everything gets better for you. Love, Sheryl and John Martinez.

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