Kathryn Moritz, 86

Kathryn Carol (Ingwersen) Moritz, 86, of Cokato, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, at her daughter’s home, surrounded by her loving husband, Robert, her five caring daughters, and family.

A farm in Lake Park, IA was home for Kathryn from birth March 17, 1935 until graduating in 1952.

Kathryn attended business college in Omaha, NE, and then worked in Spirit Lake, IA, to be able to care for her mother.

Kathryn married Robert (Bob) Moritz May 11, 1957, in Milford, IA.

They made their first home in El Centro, CA, while Bob served in the Navy. While Bob completed his college degree in Ames, IA, Kathryn worked nights in quality control.

After Bob’s graduation and job offer at CDC, Kathryn coordinated several moves which brought them to Coon Rapids, and Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

In retirement, Kathryn enjoyed their country home on the Crow River in Cokato, and spending summers on Lake Ottertail.

She was a generous and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt.

Into her final days, as she held her great-grandchildren, their joy and smiles were reflected in her eyes.

The details of homemaking, creating a place for family to flourish and feel loved, were most important to her. She was committed to the importance and value of providing a nurturing, sensory, loving home for her family.

She advocated to all to not compromise on the time when children are young, as it passes quickly, and is the foundation for life.

Kathryn excelled in sewing clothes and quilts, gardening perennial flowers and vegetables, knitting afghans, making jam and pickles, and baking.

A dinner prepared by Kathryn was always wonderfully tasty, and made from scratch with love.

She enjoyed caring for, and spending time with, family at their beautiful homes in Cokato and on Lake Ottertail.

She showed her love for others in her attention to detail, and commitment to excellence.

She faced life’s challenges with grace and determination, and her courage and strength inspire us all.

Kathryn is survived by her husband, Robert Moritz; her children: Carolyn (Robert) Isch, Lori (Jeffery) Vetter, Marcia (Kevin Curran) Moritz, Mary (David) Andreasen, and Lisa Andreasen; 12 grandchildren: John Isch, Anita (Isch) and Ryan Troyer, Katrina Isch, Jacob and Sarah (Ooms) Vetter, Serena Throughbred, Katie Curran, Aaron Andreasen, Paul Andreasen, Annamarie Andreasen, Mitchell Andreasen, Clark Andreasen, and Celeste Andreasen; five great-grandchildren: Lydia Troyer, Lucy Troyer, Ella Troyer, Ryan Vetter, and Reese Vetter; her sister, Marilyn Bates; brother Carl (Sally) Ingwersen; and brother-in-law Lynn (Darlene) Moritz.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Julius and Irma Ingwersen; and brothers John Ingwersen, and Robert Ingwersen.

Our family extends a special thanks to Guardian Angels + Elim Home Care & Hospice, who provided much appreciated care, guidance, and ministry during Kathryn’s final weeks with dementia at Carolyn and Bob’s near Hanover.

It was an enormous blessing and honor to be able to be by her side, and care for her so intimately in her time of need.

Thank you to Pastor Koch, and the members of St. John’s Lutheran Church, who provided ministry and home visits to Kathryn and Bob when they were unable to attend in person.

Funeral services for Kathryn took place Friday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. A visitation took place one hour before the service.

Interment took place at the North Crow River Lutheran Cemetery.

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