Kathryn “Kathy” Lynn (Zellmann) Young, age 64, of Lester Prairie, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Kathryn was born July 9, 1956, in Glencoe, the daughter of Byron and Alice (Tonn) Zellmann. She was baptized as an infant July 29, 1956, by Pastor A. F. Vomhof, and later confirmed in her faith as a youth March 22, 1970, by Pastor Norman Steinke, both at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Her confirmation verse was Psalm 27:1.
Kathy received her education in Lester Prairie, graduating with the class of 1974.
Kathryn was united in marriage to Bruce Young, Sept. 1, 1978, in Watertown, SD. Kathy and Bruce made their home in Lester Prairie. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Amber, Joseph, and Christian. Kathy and Bruce shared more than 42 years of marriage.
Kathy offered daycare to many families. She also worked at Softsoap in Chaska, and MRCI in Shakopee, as a production supervisor.
Kathy was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. As her ministry to the church, Kathy served on the church council and was the current treasurer of the church.
Kathy and Bruce provided foster care for more than 75 children for 10 years, during the same time she provided daycare.
Kathy enjoyed reading, cross-stitch, crocheting, watching reality television shows, and having campfires. She loved listening to Alabama and Dwight Yokum, and watching the Minnesota Vikings.
Kathy’s true passion was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved watching all of her grandson, Beckett’s, sporting activities and her granddaughter, Kaelyn’s, T-ball and dance. Kathy liked to tease Beckett and called him “peanut,” and she called Kaelyn “Twink.”
Kathryn is survived by her husband, Bruce Young of Lester Prairie; daughter, Amber Schultz and her husband, Tony, of Lester Prairie; sons, Joseph Young and his wife, Gina, of Watertown, Christian Young of Lester Prairie; grandchildren, Shallimar Schultz, Beckett Schultz, Kaelyn Schultz; sisters, Sandy Anderson of Lester Prairie, Pam Munsch and her husband, Doug, of New Auburn, Mary Fillbrandt and her husband, Bruce, of New Germany, Judi Unglaub and her husband, Ron, of Lester Prairie; brother-in-law, Rodney Kuntz of Lester Prairie; aunt, Maxine Almquist of Lester Prairie; uncle, Louis Tonn of New Mexico; nephews, nieces, other relatives, and many friends.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, Byron and Alice Zellmann; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Benjamin and Beverly Young; brothers, Kendall Zellmann, Daryl Zellmann; sisters, Sharon Kuntz, baby Mary in infancy; nephew, Nickolas Munsch; brothers-in-law, Don Anderson, Bob Christianson; and beloved uncle, Donald Watson.
A private family memorial service took place Saturday, Dec. 5, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. A public graveside service will take place in the spring.
Pastor Aaron Holmgren officiated. Honorary urn bearers were Kathy’s grandchildren, Shallimar Schultz, Beckett Schultz, and Kaelyn Schultz.
Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie, www.mcbridechapel.com.