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Kristina D. Taina, 64

Kristina “Kristi” Dawn Taina, age 64, of Dassel, died Friday, April 28, 2017, at her home.

She was born April 18, 1953, in Litchfield, the daughter of Dale and Lila (Almquist) Cates.

Kristi grew up in Kingston, attended Kingston Elementary, and in 1971, graduated from Litchfield High School. She graduated from Ridgewater College in Hutchinson in 1993, with a degree in metallurgy.

Kristi was baptized at the Kimball United Methodist Church, and was confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingston.

She was united in marriage to Robert Taina Feb. 5, 1972, at the North Crow River Lutheran Church in rural Cokato. The couple made their home in Kingston, before they moved to Dassel in 1974.

Kristi had been employed at HTI for 10 years. After schooling, she was employed at Medtronics for seven years before she retired.

Kristi was the 1970 Litchfield High School homecoming queen. She loved holidays, especially Halloween; and spending time with her family and friends camping, having spent many Memorial and Labor Day celebrations at the Cates Campground in Kingston.

Kristi enjoyed playing games, playing with and loving all her grandchildren, baking, and making salsa. She could often be found outside in her backyard enjoying nature, gardening, and taking care of her flowers. She loved to take rides around the countryside, and family vacations and camping trips.

Kristi is survived by her husband, Robert, of Dassel; children, Heather (Gary) Turja of Kingston, Shane Taina, and Andy (Heidi) Taina, all of Dassel; five grandchildren, Doug Potter, Lilly Turja, Stella Turja, Addison Stenmark and Carli Taina; siblings, Kim (Maxine) Cates, Mike (Julie) Cates, Karen (Ron) Rasmussen, all of Kingston, and Perry (Christine) Cates of Watkins; sister-in-law Jody Cates of Dassel; and her good friend, Mary Ring.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lila and Dale Cates; brother Robin Cates; nephew Paul Cates; and a great niece, Kelly Rasmussen.

The funeral service took place Saturday, May 6 at 4 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment will take place at a later date.

There was a time to gather with the family Friday evening, May 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.

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