Obituary for Kathleen Sackmaster

On July 4, 2018, Kathleen Ann Sackmaster passed away in Northfield, Minnesota, surrounded by her loving family. Kathy was born to Clifford and Edith Halmrast in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on September 16, 1942. A Norwegian at heart, Kathy’s generosity, sense of humor, and caring nature were evident throughout her life. At a young age, Kathy cared for her mother who was confined to an iron lung due to polio, while also cleaning, cooking, and watching over her two younger brothers. Kathy met Jerry Sackmaster shortly after both graduated from Aquinas High School, and they were married on June 29, 1963. […]

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On July 4, 2018, Kathleen Ann Sackmaster passed away in Northfield, Minnesota, surrounded by her loving family. Kathy was born to Clifford and Edith Halmrast in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on September 16, 1942. A Norwegian at heart, Kathy’s generosity, sense of humor, and caring nature were evident throughout her life.

At a young age, Kathy cared for her mother who was confined to an iron lung due to polio, while also cleaning, cooking, and watching over her two younger brothers. Kathy met Jerry Sackmaster shortly after both graduated from Aquinas High School, and they were married on June 29, 1963. Following a few years of military service in Texas, they returned to La Crosse and then settled in Northfield in 1971. Here, Kathy worked at Ryt Way Packaging, became an active community member, and developed many dear, long-lasting friendships. She enjoyed playing tennis, supporting the Church of Saint Dominic, reading a good mystery, spending time with her “birthday group”, watching old movies with popcorn, traveling, playing bridge, hanging clothes outside in the fresh air, singing in the church choir, listening to the Twins on the radio, and walking with friends.

Kathy and Jerry had five children, three of whom are living and continue to carry on her spirit. She taught her children many important things about life: keep a gallon tub of homemade cookies in the cupboard; be a good neighbor; arrive early to everything; support your children by attending every sporting event or activity (and be sure to bring along a folding chair, a blanket, and food, treats and napkins); decorate two Christmas trees; use coupons and shop on Thursday night when the store is nearly empty; love unconditionally; marry someone who is smart and makes you laugh; and always, always put others first.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry, and three children–Mike of Eagan (with wife Lisa and daughters Amanda and Megan); Matt of Inver Grove Heights; and Maureen of Saint Paul and Moscow, Russia (with husband Paul and sons North and Finn); as well as daughter-in-law Colleen of Inver Grove Heights (with daughter Sydney and sons Owen and Cole), whose endeavors she would recount to anyone standing in a checkout line. Additionally, her brothers Cliff and Bob continue to share her sense of humor and love for their Norwegian heritage (but equally detest lutefisk). And she wouldn’t want us to leave out her four sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and lots of beloved extended family. She now is at peace with her son Mark and daughter Maria.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the Church of St. Dominic, 104 N. Linden Street, Northfield. Visitation will be one hour prior. A reception at the Northfield Golf Club will follow.

Memorial donations may be made to Aquinas High School in La Crosse, WI (608-784-0707)
or Saint Dominic School in Northfield, MN (507-645-8136).

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

July 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Church of St. Dominic - Northfield
104 Linden St N Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

3 Comments

  1. Patrick & Tammy Winter

    Sorry to hear this news; Kathy always greeted us with a cheery hello and wanted to know how everything and everyone was doing. Our sincere condolences to you all.

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  2. Valerie and Randy Breyer

    What a beautiful obituary for a beautiful,amazing woman…I remember Kathy as always smiling and so very friendly and loving.. Kathy will be missed…

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  3. mary and john geisberger

    Only met Kathy once…and was very impressed with her sweet spirit and friendly manner.I’m sure she will be sadly missed by all. Her faith was so evident…she blessed those around her. Mary Solotorow/Geisberger

    Reply

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