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Kathryn E. Peterson, 63

Kathryn E. Peterson, age 63, of Howard Lake, traded her earthly tent for a heavenly mansion Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Her family was at her side and witnessed her enter the kingdom of God with a big smile on her face. She passed away 18 days shy of her 64th birthday after a long battle with breast cancer.

Kathy was born Aug. 19, 1955, in Chicago, IL, to Paul and Tillie Pakenham. She was baptized in Chicago. Kathy made her first communion April 20, 1963, and was confirmed as a youth at St Joseph Church in Hopkins.

Kathy graduated from Hopkins Eisenhower High School in 1973.

She loved working with numbers and held various accounting positions over the years. Her final employer was Michael Foods in Minnetonka, where she worked as a credit analyst. The management and her co-workers treated her so kindly during her time there. She always said it was the best job she ever had.

Kathy and Tom met in February 1979, and were married Nov. 7, 1980, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hopkins. Over the years, Kathy helped Tom in various family-owned businesses which included honey bees, exotic birds, and real estate.

Kathy and Tom were blessed with four children; David, Kristina, Jacob and Kaitlyn. Family was very important to Kathy, and she loved every aspect of motherhood.

Being a grandma was the ultimate joy for Kathy. David, his wife Ailyn, and their four children lived with Tom and Kathy for the past four years, with Ailyn taking care of the house and meal preparation. Kathy wanted to continue to work at Michael Foods and this extra help from Ailyn allowed Kathy to conserve her strength.

Kathy was active in all aspects of church life at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Her deep faith in Christ helped her face her illness with dignity and peace. Kathy’s love of the Lord helped her family through the difficult times.

Kathy is survived by her loving family: husband Tom and their children, David (Alyn), Kristina (Craig, fiancé), Jacob, and Kaitlyn; grandchildren Julianna, Christopher, Eliisa, and Emily; siblings Mary (Dan) Egan, Paul Pakenham, Patrick Pakenham, and Mike Pakenham; in-laws Carol Gedde, Paul (Eileen) Peterson, and Jim (Sandra) Peterson; as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Tillie Pakenham; father Paul Pakenham; mother-in-law Mildred Peterson; father-in-law Arnold Peterson; and other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service took place Thursday, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with visitation starting two hours prior to the service.

The family will direct memorials to an orphanage in Haiti.

Arrangements were with Swanson Peterson Funeral Home, Howard Lake and Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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