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IN MEMORY OF Irene Elsie Kathman

January 9, 2013

Irene Elsie Kathman 
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Irene Elsie Kathman
Funeral services were held ar United Methodist Church Slayton, MN at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 2012 with the Rev. Jon Marburger officiating.
1927 -Irene Elsie Kathman - 2012

Irene Kathman, the daughter of Jubel and Elsie Rickgarn Swan, was born on August 6, 1927 in Scandia Township, Murray County, Minnesota. She grew up on the family farm and attended country school. Irene was united in marriage to Gerald “Jack” Kathman on March 12, 1947 at the family farm. After their marriage they lived in Balaton, Minnesota until 1952 when they moved to a home in Slayton, Minnesota, where she has lived for 60 years. Over the years she has worked at Campbell's Soup in Worthington, Minnesota, the Slayton Hospital and the Slayton Greenhouse. Irene passed away at the Our House Hospice Home in Slayton on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the age of 85. She was a member of the Untied Methodist Church in Slayton where she was active in many church organizations. Irene was also a lifetime member of the Slayton VFW and a member of the Slayton American Legion. She also made birthday cards and would send them to the residents at the Luverne Veterans Home with a poppy attached. Irene loved flowers and making arrangements for family weddings and decorating the gravesites. She enjoyed crafts, and for every Christmas her family would receive a handmade Christmas ornament. One of her accomplishments was her homemade chicken noodle soup, which she lovingly made for her family and many church functions. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and were the center of her life.

Survivors include her four children: Judy Kathman, Minneapolis, MN, Shirley (Tom) Carlson, Slayton, MN, Jim (LuAnn) Kathman, White Bear Lake, MN and Dan (Stacy) Kathman, Lake Wilson, MN; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one step-grandson; two brothers: LeRoy Swan, Slayton, MN and Dale Swan, Sioux Falls, SD and sister-in-law Marlene Wagley, Slayton, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant son Johnny Rae; step-grandson Shane Carlson and brother Harold “Bud” Swan.

Funeral services were held ar United Methodist Church Slayton, MN at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 2012 with the Rev. Jon Marburger officiating. The organist was Janet Voges. The soloist was Nikki Cheskie. The pallbearers were Jason Daly, Christopher Daly, Joshua Kathman, Brandon Kathman, Justin Kathman, Jesse Kathman, Trevor Carlson, Danielle Taylor and Rachel Amelotti. Interment at Slayton Memorial Gardens Slayton, MN. The Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton assisted the family with arrangements. Sign guestbook online at www.totzkefuneralhome.com.


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