Kim Barbara (Schalow) Horvath, age 65, of Belding, passed away on January 31, 2022, at Spectrum Health, Blodgett Campus following a long illness. She was born on December 25, 1956, in Ionia, Michigan, daughter of Merlin Barnabus and Darlene Dora (Marshall) Schalow. Kim graduated from Belding High School with the Class of 1975, and continued her education at Michigan State University, completing job-related coursework. She worked in several administrative capacities throughout her lifetime including over 20 years of service to the central Michigan field offices of the Department of Agriculture. She also took great pride in having volunteered for the Michigan Department of Human Services as transportation services coordinator for clients in need of assistance getting to medical appointments, etc. Kim enjoyed spending time with family and friends, having bowled for more 25 years in various leagues and would stop by Hillcrest Lanes to socialize with the staff and other bowlers, all of whom she considered friends. She loved to travel, making annual pilgrimages to Mackinaw City for the scenery and other highlights such as the trip across the Mackinaw Bridge or a quick stop at the casino. On a trip to New Orleans with friends to celebrate Mardi Gras, she became reacquainted with a former high school classmate, Stephen D. Horvath. They eventually married and have enjoyed 24 years together. While she loved an adventure, she was seldom happier than when she was sitting at home cuddling up for a snuggle and nap in her favorite chair with one of her dogs, including her last pet, “Bing”, whom she loved, or pulling up to the table on a Sunday afternoon to play “Nickels” with her family. After her health began to decline, she still spent time with family and friends whenever possible and looked forward to trying her luck at an occasional scratch-off ticket. Kim will be missed by all who know her.
Kim leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Stephen D. Horvath; siblings, Merl (Patty) Schalow of Belding and Sue Schalow of Belding; and a special niece, Erin Robach of Saranac; and several other family members and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and a stepfather, Gary L. Livingston.
Private interment services are being planned to take place at a later date at Green Cemetery in Orleans Township. Please contact the funeral home for additional information at (616) 794-1300 or www.verdunfh.com.