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Mary Katherine Ward


Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Katherine “Kay” Ward, 83, of Chatfield, died Tuesday morning, April 17, 2012, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

Katherine was born May 15, 1928 in Red Wing, Minnesota, one of 13 children of David and Alfreda (Matter) Gadient. She lived with her family in rural Goodhue until her graduation from Goodhue High School in 1945. Katherine lived in Rochester and worked for the Mayo Clinic until her marriage to Louis Ward in 1949. They were married St. Columbkill’s Catholic Church in Belle Creek, Minnesota.

Kay retired from IBM in June 1986 after 20 years of service. Kay was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was an avid golfer until 2011, enjoyed fishing, boating, her cabin in Wabasha, bowling and many other activities. Kay was also a quilter and cheerfully did many things for her church, her community and her family. Kay received a Bishop’s Medal from Bishop John Quinn of the Diocese of Winona in December 2011 for her many good works for her church. She was also devoted to her loving family and many friends. Blessed be her memory.

Kay is survived by her husband, Louis, her son-in-law Jim Priebe of Rochester, her sons Dave (Marcia) of Eyota and Don (Billie) of Faribault, two daughters, Rita Lawson (Patrick), and Maureen Ruskell (Gary) both of Chatfield, 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; four brothers: Father Peter Gadient of Lincoln, NE; Robert Gadient (Berdell), of Goodhue; William Gadient (Kay) of Goodhue, Raymond Gadient (Ruth) of Frontenac and one sister, Regina McComas Morelan of Faribault.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Jean Priebe (Jim), and her siblings Margaret Gadient, Bernard Gadient (Agnes), John Gadient (Shirley), Rosemary Lodermeier (Len), Gerald Gadient (Nita), Francis Lodermeier (Ed) and David Gadient (Char).

A funeral Mass was held Saturday April 21, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chatfield. A reception followed at the church.

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Chatfield siren agreement with Olmsted County

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

The Chatfield City Council at their April 9 meeting approved an agreement with Olmsted County for the operation and maintenance of the city’s warning sirens. The purchase of the updated sirens was approved in February. The total cost including i ..... 
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Chatfield considers water main improvements

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

The Chatfield City Council at their March 26 meeting authorized McGhie and Betts, Inc. to provide plans and specifications for two water main improvements for 2012. Mayor Don Hainlen and councilor Ken Jacobson were absent. The improvements are exp ..... 
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Chatfield School Board approves programs for 2012-2013

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

At the Chatfield School Board’s March 19 meeting several items pertaining to the 2012-2013 school year were approved. Greg LaPlante was absent. The administrative plan for Action 100 Book Challenge was approved. Superintendent Ed Harris said ..... 
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Chatfield accepts grant for generator

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

About a year ago Dan Jaquith was authorized by the city council to write and submit a grant to Homeland Security for the purpose of installing a generator in the Thurber Building to maintain services through a power loss. The council accepted the g ..... 
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Robert Hurley

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Robert Hurley, age 81, of Chatfield, died Friday, March 9, 2012, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Robert Eugene Hurley was born on October 28, 1930 to Michael and Mary (McCabe) Hurley in Caledonia, MN. After graduating from ..... 
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Chatfield looking into 2008 bond refinancing

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, Inc., at the council’s February 27 meeting discussed the potential savings the city could realize by refinancing the 2008 bond which was originally sold to finance the new water tower, a booster station, and th ..... 
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Chatfield Schools looks at American Reading Company system

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Features

The 100 Book Challenge (100 BC) system is a systematic approach to foster independent reading from the American Reading Company. Elementary principal Craig Ihrke and teacher on special assignment Judith Brockway pitched the program to the school boa ..... 
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Chatfield upgrades city sirens

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

The Chatfield City Council approved the purchase of updated sirens and associated equipment at their February 13 meeting. Councilors Josh Thompson and Dave Frank were absent. City Clerk Joel Young said the purchase and installation of the sirens w ..... 
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