Katherine M. Celander

BLUE EARTH – Funeral services for Katherine M. Celander, 67, of Blue Earth, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fairmont. Burial will be following the service in Lakeside Cemetery, Fairmont.

Katherine passed away Wed-nesday evening, Oct. 2, 2013, at her home in Blue Earth, Minn. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fairmont.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Katherine M. Celander was born July 22, 1946, the daughter of Vernon and Phyllis (Walters) Celander. She grew up on a farm near Fairmont where she attended school at Fairmont Elementary. Katherine also attended school at the Owatonna State School. For many years, Katherine lived in Minneapolis and Edina prior to moving to Blue Earth, Minn., in 2005. She held a variety of jobs throughout the years and was most recently employed by MRCI and had retired in April 2013. Katherine was a member of the First Congregational United Church in Fairmont, served as a two term president for People First, was an ARC member and was also a member of the Bowling League. In her quiet time, Katherine enjoyed crocheting, clipping coupons, working on word searches, baking and reading. She loved the outdoors and looked forward to the summer months and tending to the garden and flowers; her favorite flower being tulips. Katherine had a special place in her heart for animals, especially horses and cats. She had a pet cat, “Casey” but she made sure that people knew she was fond of dogs as well. One of Katherine’s favorite summer activities was riding the riding lawn mower. She absolutely loved the smell of fresh-cut grass. Some of her other hobbies included listening to music, especially Elvis, and watching TV. Katherine enjoyed meeting new people and was genuinely interested in and cared for everyone she met. She had a trap for a memory and would remember their name and what they had visited about. Katherine would make sure to ask about family members of those she met and knew and was happy to hear their stories of joy and shared concern with their stories of heartbreak. During the last three years, Katherine had been active in helping to raise money for the American Cancer Society by participating in the Relay for Life in Faribault County.

Left to cherish her memory is her brother, Venner Celander and his wife, Linda, of Winnebago, Minn.; and a sister, Lona Boote and her husband, Jack of Lakeville, Minn.; as well as nieces, great nephews, extended family and friends.

Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Phyllis Celander; sister, Teresa Baas; and a special friend, Howard Denny.