Kathryn L. Merkel, age 65 of Menomonie, entered into eternal life peacefully and surrounded by family on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN.
Kathryn was born on Oct. 28, 1953, in Cudahy, WI, to John and Matilda (Matzke) Misun. She grew up in Cudahy, graduating from Cudahy High School in 1971. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, she began her career in 1976, teaching in Wautoma and Menasha, WI. She met Dennis while attending UW-Oshkosh and on Oct. 23, 1976, they married. After welcoming their daughter, Erin, and son, Jesse, they relocated to Menomonie in 1988, and Kathryn taught Art 8 at Highland Park Junior High School in St. Paul, MN, until retiring in 2011.
Kathryn loved gardening, cooking, sewing, traveling, planning special events, and spending time with her family. She used her art background to make incredible, unique and personal gifts for her family and friends. Kathryn was a positive influence on everyone around her.
Kathryn is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Dennis; her two children, Erin (Joseph) Shermak of Elk River, MN, and Jesse (Mollie) Merkel of Minneapolis, MN; her six grandchildren, Carter, Bennett, Milo, Elizabeth, Fletcher and Hazel; her sister, Sue Walden (John Shirey) of Mequon, WI; her brother, Charles (Kathleen) Misun of Menasha; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Menomonie on Sept. 28 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. The Memorial Service will begin at 11:00 AM. A Celebration of Life with a meal will follow at the UW-Stout Memorial Student Center ballroom. All are invited to attend. Kathryn was adamant that survivors celebrate her life and accomplishments.
Those who wish to make a memorial donation in Kathryn's name may donate to Heifer International, https://www.heifer.org/
For out of town guests there are accomodations are available at the following Hotels:
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Best Western Plus-320 Oak Ave. -715-235-5664
Cobblestone Inn & Suites -149 Main St. E. -715-233-0211
Hampton Inn & Suites - 2017 Stout St. -715-231-3030