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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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