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Kathleen Gertrude Erlandson went home to be with the Lord on February 10, 2023. She was born November 21, 1923 in Windsor, Ontario, the youngest of four children to Stephen and Lily Jenkins. In addition to her siblings, Mom was predeceased by her first husband Robert Reaume in 1944, and her second husband, George 3 months ago. Her marriage to George began in 1950, and her first winter was a transition from running water to carrying water. Her reflection on that experience was, “I was so in love that it didn’t matter!” You could count on Mom to tell you what she thought, favorable or otherwise! She was also predeceased by her oldest son, Robert in 2021.
Mom is survived by her sister-in-law Ellen, daughter-in-law, Barbara, three children, ten grandchildren, and twenty “greats”. Surviving children are Mark (Beth), Brad (Phyllis), Martha (Darrel). Next generation, Andrew (Kendall), Leah (Mike), Jessica (Kirtipal), Eric, Evan (Katie), Bethany (Franklin), Abigail (Karsten), Ruth (Joshua), Andrew, and Ryan (Megan). “Greats” are Reagan, Aubrey, Alex, Jakob, Hope, Violet, Danny, Faith, Owen, Elliot, Marygrace, Henry, Colton, Silje, Russell, Soren, Thor, Ava, Anna, Maci, and McKenna.
Though Mom grew up in the favor of a Christian home, she was indifferent to the claims of grace until adulthood. Through the plea of her brother’s wife, she turned to her Savior in repentance. That laid the groundwork for the very privileged upbringing that we enjoyed. Mom walked in her marriage union for 70 plus years honoring their vow of, “till death do us part”. When an opportunity for employment outside of the home arose, one that would have provided much needed additional income for her household, she declined. “She giveth meat to her household” Proverbs 31:15. She enjoyed extending hospitality, visiting the hairdresser on Thursdays, and was a frequent presence in the classrooms of her grandchildren.
Following a private burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lowry, MN, a memorial will be planned at a later date. Finally, we are grateful for the care provided for both Mom and Dad over the last few years at Parkview Court and Glenwood Retirement Village.
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