A Celebration of Life Service for Kathleen L. Allen, 70, of St. Peter formerly of rural Truman will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Waverly Lutheran Church in rural Trimont, Minnesota. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.
Kathleen was called to her eternal rest on Saturday afternoon, January 12, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Rochester, Minnesota. Visitation will be from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019 at St. Peter Funeral Home, #906 North Washington Avenue in St. Peter, Minnesota and one hour prior to the services at the Church on Saturday.
Kathleen Louise Allen (Krusemark) was born on January 6th, 1949 in Fairmont, Minnesota. Kathy was raised in Truman, Minnesota. Kathy had the adventurous and jolly nature of her father while also the thoughtful/caring nature of her mother. She was baptized and confirmed at Waverly Lutheran Church, in rural Trimont. She graduated from Truman High School.; Kathy attended St. Olaf College for a year and later transferred to Mankato State University where she majored in Elementary Education.
Kathy was gifted with a beautiful voice that she shared with her family, at weddings, her church communities, and with various solo and ensemble performances in high school and college. She traveled to Greenland, Labrador and New Foundland while on a USO tour performing the lead in Bye Bye Birdie. She continued her travels following the USO tour by traveling around Europe for a few weeks before returning to the U.S. and graduating college.
She first worked as a Kindergarten teacher in in New Ulm and later worked a short while for Nicollet County in St. Peter. In 1981 Kathy landed a job at Gustavus Adolphus College as a secretary and worked there almost 30 years cultivating life long relationships with students and colleagues. Kathy also enjoyed many years of part time work as a librarian at the St. Peter Community Library.
Kathy was married in 1976 and later divorced. Kathy has two children (Ethan and Emily) and five young grandchildren. She enjoyed watching and also traveling to Stanford football games to cheer on Ethan. Kathy also enjoyed taking road trips with Emily and watching her play basketball and trumpet in high school.
Kathy’s courage and resiliency touched the lives of many as she contended with chronic illness for 20 years. She was blessed with the emotional and day-to-day support of several dear friends that supported her over the years. She enjoyed reading, going to movies with friends, spending time with her dear dogs -Tutti Boo, Betsy, Fluffy, and Sasha, playing the piano, and doting over her 5 young grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents Meryle R. and Arlene M. Krusemark; sister Nancy G. Kruse; Uncle Cecil Krusemark; Aunts Margaret “Toots” Cappel, Helen Hilgendorf, and Lorraine Johnson.
She is survived by son Ethan Allen (Jackie) of Woodbury, daughter Emily Raml (Erik) of St. Bonifacius; grandchildren Austin, Adele, & Asher Raml and Naomi & Ninah Allen; uncle Lowell Johnson, and several dear cousins.
Memorials preferred to Gift of Life Transplant House. Flowers can be sent by St. Peter Funeral Home web-site.