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Kathryn Estee

October 09, 1951 - January 02, 2015

Gathering:

12-2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 10, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. A luncheon will be served.

Burial:

Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.

Arrangements:

Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Kathryn Estee

October 09, 1951 - January 02, 2015

Obituary

Kathryn Mary Estee, 63, Fargo, ND passed away peacefully at Sanford Palliative Care on Friday, January 2, 2015 after a two-year fight against brain cancer. 

Kathryn was born October 9, 1951 to William and Lavonne (Zirnhelt) Estee in Aberdeen, SD.  She lived in Hecla, SD until her family moved to Fargo in 1953.  She graduated from South High School in May 1970 where she enjoyed creative writing and journalism and participated on year book and newspaper editorial and writing staffs.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Philosophy in May 1974 from Moorhead State University Moorhead (MSUM).  She continued her education by attaining a Master in Science in Education degree from MSUM in May 1978.

Working with disadvantaged, handicapped, minority and academically high-risk students became Kathryn’s career.  She was employed as a Master Tutor/Instructor at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND from 1979-1990.  She began working at MSUM as an Academic Fitness Program Coordinator in 2001 and in 2009 became an Academic Advisor/Learning Specialist, working until February 2013 when her illness forced her unto medical leave.  She also worked as a freelance writer and enjoyed acting as editor and business communications consultant for many students while assisting with published professional works, dissertations, theses and resumes.

Reading, gardening, civic and animal activism, friendship, knitting, crafts, old movies and all God’s creatures with feathers or fur were some of Kathryn’s greatest passions.  She rescued many cats that enjoyed long and grateful lives.  Her current feline companions Amy and Joey supported her throughout her medical treatments and share our loss.

Devoted to her parents and her family, Kathryn spent a decade caring for her mother and father who preceded her in death. She is survived by her siblings David (Eileen), Onalaska, WI; Marcia Estee Strehlow (Craig), Fargo, ND; Jeffrey (Susan), Grand Rapids, MN; and Sara Estee (Gary Erickson), Fargo, ND; aunts, uncles and nieces and nephews. Together we thank her friends from Nativity and MSUM who were so faithful in providing transportation, nurturing and fellowship to Kathryn throughout her illness. 

Memorials are preferred to CATS Cradle Shelter, Inc;  Minn-Kota Paaws; 4 Luv of Dog Rescue, or Adopt-A-Pet of Fargo-Moorhead, all Fargo, ND.

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15 responses to “Kathryn Estee”

  1. Connie Jahnke says:

    Audubon MN
    Beautifully written tribute for a beautiful life. Well done Kathryn and family.

  2. Brenda Piatz says:

    Eagan MN
    My thoughts and prayers to all the family.

    Brenda Piatz

  3. Sherri (Suckut) Finke says:

    Fargo ND
    As a classmate of Kathryn’s since Lewis and Clark through May 1970…I knew Kathryn was special…after reading her accomplishments I now know she was special! My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you, her family, every day. Rest now Kathryn…you’ve done good…you will be missed by all…

  4. Priscilla Vallager says:

    I knew Kathy in high school. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  5. Kathryn Forness says:

    I attended Fargo South High and graduated with Kathryn. My prayers for the family. She was nice.

  6. Tom Warner says:

    Penn Yan NYJo Ann and I are so impressed with the strength and faith shown by Kathryn during her difficult battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her and with the grace of God we shall all be together again in the next Life.

    Tom and Jo Ann

  7. Brenda Piatz says:

    Eagan MNMy thoughts are with you all.;

  8. Shannon says:

    Kathryn was my dear friend and she will always be a part of my life and live on in a special place in my heart.;

  9. Connie Jahnke says:

    Audubon MNBeautifully written tribute for a beautiful life. Well done Kathryn and family. ;

  10. Brenda Piatz says:

    Eagan MNMy thoughts and prayers to all the family.

    Brenda Piatz;

  11. Sherri (Suckut) Finke says:

    Fargo ND

    As a classmate of Kathryn’s since Lewis and Clark through May 1970…I knew Kathryn was special…after reading her accomplishments I now know she was special! My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you, her family, every day. Rest now Kathryn…you’ve done good…you will be missed by all…;

  12. Priscilla Vallager says:

    I knew Kathy in high school. My deepest sympathy to her family.;

  13. Kathryn Forness says:

    I attended Fargo South High and graduated with Kathryn. My prayers for the family. She was nice.;

  14. Tom Warner says:

    Penn Yan NYJo Ann and I are so impressed with the strength and faith shown by Kathryn during her difficult battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her and with the grace of God we shall all be together again in the next Life.

    Tom and Jo Ann;

  15. Anya says:

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