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Published January 23, 2013, 12:00 AM

Kathy Jo Kautzman

Kathy Jo Kautzman, 43, Bismarck, passed away Jan. 20, 2013 at home from natural causes. A funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 25, at 1:00 p.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home and continue one hour prior to the start of the service.

Kathy Jo Kautzman

Kathy Jo Kautzman, 43, Bismarck, passed away Jan. 20, 2013 at home from natural causes. A funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 25, at 1:00 p.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home and continue one hour prior to the start of the service.

Kathy was born in the Jamestown Hospital, Jamestown, ND, on Sept. 26, 1969 to Robert and Jo (Ehli) Ellingson. Kathy attended grade school in McHenry, ND and moved to Bismarck in 1982 where she attended school and graduated from Bismarck High School in 1988. Following graduation, Kathy attended UND and graduated Summa Cumm Laude with a degree in Social Work and Occupational Therapy.

Kathy married Jay Kautzman in Bismarck on September 19, 2008.

Kathy was loved by all who had the honor of knowing her. She had a contagious laugh and the most beautiful smile that would light up the room. Kathy was a devoted wife who enjoyed spending time at home with family and friends.

Attending AA and NA meeting was a big part of Kathy’s life. Kathy recited the Third, Seventh step, and the Lord’s Prayer every night before going to sleep.

Kathy enjoyed fishing, walking, Starbucks drinks, collecting UND memorabilia, and Charlie Brown funnies and ornaments. Kathy loved her pets Dusty and Mojo.

We may never understand why such a young and beautiful person had to leave our world so soon. She is with God now and will become an angel to look over all of us! We love you Kathy, you were the best! We'll miss you with all our hearts!

She is survived by her husband Jay Kautzman, Bismarck; mother, Jo Ellingson, Bismarck; sisters Mary (Lee) Harding, McHenry; Linda (Dan) Sizer, Wimbledon; niece Kayla Sizer; nephew Beau Sizer, both of Fargo.

Kathy was preceded in death by her father and her grandparents.

Special people in Kathy’s life include her husband, mother, Aunt Susie, Kathy Duchscher, Sue Byre, and all her AA and NA friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to UND, Ruth Maier House, or Abused Adult Resource Center. Please note on your donation that it is to be in memory of Kathy Kautzman.

Go to www.bismarckfuneralhome.com to sign the online guestbook or to send a message of condolence to the family.

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