Kathleen “Kathy” Jeanne Kawalek, of Eagan, formerly of Mora, died on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul. She was 76 years old.

She was born on Oct. 20, 1942 in St. Paul, to Harry and Jeanne (Buril) Rogers. She grew up in the south St. Anthony Park area of St. Paul. She came from a large family; the oldest of 10 children. After high school she attended college in Little Falls graduating with a nursing degree. She worked for one year as an RN at Midway Hospital in St. Paul before marrying David Kawalek in 1964, whom she met through a mutual friend while in college. The couple lived in Mora where David farmed and eventually operated Kawalek Trucking. To this union three daughters were born.  

She was an important member of the farm and Kawalek Trucking team as the bookkeeper. She also brought food to the workers in the field and other miscellaneous jobs as needed. In addition, she continued her schooling and obtained a specialization as a certified critical care nurse though the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She worked as a nurse at the Cambridge Hospital for 44 years, the last 20 years as the head nurse in intensive care.

She and her husband traveled to many states including Hawaii, Mexico, Texas and the Southern Caribbean.  They also had three big Canadian fishing trips. They were married for 40 years before her husband passed away in December of 2004. She was an avid quilter, making quilts with her church group and donating them to families in need as a way to provide comfort during difficult times. She also enjoyed gardening, and she always had a “huge” vegetable garden and flower garden with 18 rose bushes. In 2018, she moved into The Commons on Marice to be closer to her daughters. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David; and brother, Richard Rogers.

She is survived by her daughters, Ann (Frank) Dropps, Cheryl (John) Ohmann and Amy (Eric) Langworthy; grandchildren, Kirstin (Tom) Petty, Kourtney Dropps, Kameron Dropps, Kwinton Dropps, Sarah Ohmann, Austin Ohmann, Zeth Langworthy and Ashton Langworthy; great-grandchildren, Mason, Carson and Jade Petty; siblings, Kenneth (Judy) Rogers, Joseph (Marilou) Rogers, Michael Rogers, Cecilia (Kenneth) Snook, James (Ann) Rogers, Mary Rardin, Thomas Rogers and Arthur (Sherie) Rogers; brothers-in-law, Rick (Connie) Kawalek and Gary (Judy) Kawalek; plus many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Fr. Derek Wiechmann officiating. Music was provided by Kris Paulson and the St. Mary’s Choir. Casket bearers were Kameron Dropps, Kwinton Dropps, Austin Ohmann, Zeth Langworthy, Ashton Langworthy, Mike Boster. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora. Arrangements were handled by Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com


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