Kathleen Rae Edwards, nee Mierka, passed away peacefully at home in Elmhurst on January 20, 2019. She was born April 14, 1927 in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from Roosevelt High School before attending Ohio State University where she met her husband, Walter, and they married in 1951. While Walter finished his Masters degree, Kathleen worked as a teacher. The couple lived in Ohio and Pennsylvania before finally settling in Red Wing, Minn., where they were active in the community and devoted members of Hiawatha Valley Baptist Church. She moved to Elmhurst in 2017 to be near her family.

Kathleen enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, mystery novels, playing games, being entertained by her five great-grandsons, and eating out with family and friends.

She is survived by her three children Melanie (Ken) Peters, Mark (Cindy) Edwards and Melissa (Tom) Kirkland; grandchildren Erin (Jeff Rostis) Peters, Amy (Joey) Lichon, Adam (Rachael Mason) Peters, Ben Kirkland, Megan (Andrew) Rowland, Katie (Andrew) Argyilan; and great-grandsons Elijah, Gabriel, Asher, Nicholas and James. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Walter, and an infant sister, Naomi. A memorial service will be held at Grace Bible Church in Elmhurst on Saturday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements provided by the family.

 

 

 

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