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Kathryn Ann Johnk

Kathryn Ann Johnk died in her home in Glyndon, Minnesota, at 7:30 a.m. Monday, February 9th at the age of 80. She was born March 12, 1923, and was the daughter of Leon and Anne Hammett. She was raised in Moorhead and attended Moorhead State Teach...

Kathryn Ann Johnk died in her home in Glyndon, Minnesota, at 7:30 a.m. Monday, February 9th at the age of 80.

She was born March 12, 1923, and was the daughter of Leon and Anne Hammett. She was raised in Moorhead and attended Moorhead State Teacher's College Campus School and graduated with honors in 1941. She attended business school in Minneapolis and returned to Fargo to work with Standard Oil. She married Harold L. Johnk in 1943. They later divorced. In 1945 their first child Margaret was born while the couple was stationed in Casper, Wyoming. After the war they returned to Moorhead and their second daughter Mary was born in 1946. Their son Steven was born in 1951.

Kathryn worked hard her entire life and achieved a successful career as an interior decorator for Simon's Furniture in Moorhead. Minnesota. For health reasons she retired to her Glyndon home in the late seventies. There she enjoyed her passion for gardening and her love of her family. She was a life long member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead.

When her diagnosis of cancer was delivered she was certain that the place she wanted to be was in her home. With the dedicated assistance of the doctors and nursing staff at Innovis Hospital and Hospice of the Red River Valley, Kathryn was able to return home for her last days. There she was surrounded with care and the love of her children and their families. Special appreciation to her eight grandchildren, who were present and caring for their Grandma Kay around the clock, Tim Wollenberg, Jenny Wollenberg, Daniel Wollenberg, Alicia (Kevin) Fitz, Jason Cheney, John Cheney, Maxfield Johnk and Sydney Johnk.

Besides Kathryn's children, Margaret (Chuck) Cheney, West Fargo, Mary (Richard) Wollenberg, Manhatten, Kansas and Steven "Spider" (Cheryl) Johnk, Glyndon and her eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren, Kathryn is survived by her brother, John (Nancy) Hammett, Ventura, California, her three sisters, Alice (Leroy) Horpedahl and Harriet Muffley both of Los Alamos, New Mexico and Lois Partyke, Moorhead, Minnesota, and twenty nieces and nephews from around the country.

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She was our mother, grandmother and sister. But beyond that, she was our trusted friend and advisor. In time of need she was available for everyone, anytime, anyplace. She was a great example to all of us in life and in her death. We will miss her greatly.

The family requests memorials be addressed to Hospice of the Red River Valley or Trinity Lutheran Church's Radio Broadcast Fund.

Visitation is scheduled from 5-7 pm Wednesday, February 11th at Wright Funeral Home and one hour prior to the funeral at 1:30pm Thursday, February 12th at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead.

In the area death notice in Tuesday's Forum, the funeral date was incorrect due to information provided.

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