Cathryn M. RykkenCathryn Marie (Wambheim) Rykken, age 88, of Black River Falls passed away at home surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 14th. She was born in Hatton, ND, on October 20, 1924, to Harvey and Josie (Olstad) Wambheim and graduated from Hatton High School in 1942.
Cathy attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, a second-generation Cobber, graduating in 1946 with a dual degree in English and Economics. She was a soprano soloist for the Concordia Choir under Paul J. Christiansen, and some of her fondest memories from that time were traveling the US and Canada on choir tour. It was during her rendition of “Stormy Weather” that she first caught the eye of a young returning war veteran, Thorwald “Unk” Rykken, and the two married in 1948. They enjoyed over 64 years of marriage.