Kathryn Aaker

Kathryn Irene Aaker, 92, Luverne, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.

A funeral was Friday, Dec. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burail followed at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Luverne.

Kathryn Thompson was born Sept. 15, 1924, to Arthur and Ruth (Brusse) Thompson in Martin Township near Hills. She graduated from Hills Public School in 1942.

Kathryn moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where her childhood sweetheart, Russell Aaker, was stationed in the service. While in Little Rock, Kathryn worked at a local upholstery shop. The couple married on March 31, 1945, in Little Rock.

Upon Russell’s discharge from the Army, the couple moved to a farm near Hills and Valley Springs, South Dakota where they farmed from 1947-1966. They then farmed in the Luverne area from 1966-1975. Kathryn was a homemaker during their children’s younger years. Later on she worked at Luverne Paint and Glass. They sold the farm in 1975 and moved into Luverne. She joined Russell in remodeling and redecorating houses. Russell preceded her in death on July 29, 1987.

Kathryn continued to reside in Luverne. She later lived at The Oaks and then at Good Samaritan Society - Mary Jane Brown Home.

Kathryn was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. She was active in church choir and was a member of circle. She was a member of the Valley Springs Legion and the Luverne VFW. She enjoyed making rosettes at Christmastime, ice fishing, selling Avon, and hosting pool parties at their home on Spring Street. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Barb (Roger) Van Batavia, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Kevin (Mary) Aaker, Luverne; grandchildren Jill (Dale) Brausen, Jennifer (Chris) Rowan, Nicole (Cody) Henrichs, and Ruston Aaker (fiancée Lucy Hewitt); and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell; her parents, Art and Ruth; her siblings, Paul Thompson and Dorothy Larsen; and special friend Bud Sexe.

Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.

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