Kathryn Lea (Widell) Rick
Beloved mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, and friend died peacefully on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021 at age 64.
Kathy was born on May 16th, 1957 to parents, Raymond and Bernice Widell and grew up in Esko, MN where she graduated from Esko public schools and later went on to secondary training at the Duluth Vocational Tech and studied in Secretarial. She used her training and spent most of her life working from home doing medical transcription on the computer.
Kathy was married to her husband Roald Rick for 38 years who she met during her schooling in Duluth, and they got married in her childhood home in Esko, MN. They lived in northern MN for a few years until they moved to Lino Lakes for Ron's job relocation.
Kathy and Ron were married a few years and then had a daughter named Breanna Kathryn and Kathy was blessed to work at home and take care of her.
Kathy was blessed to grow up in a Christian family with her mother Bernice, father Ray and younger sister Debbie. Kathy and her husband Ron both grew up in the faith and passed it on to their daughter and made it part of their lives.
Kathy is preceded in death by her parents, Bernice and Ray Widell; and her infant brother, James. Kathy is survived by her husband, Ron Rick of Lino Lakes; daughter, Breanna Duncan; grandson, Peter Duncan; sister, Debbie (Mike) Prachar of Esko; Niece, Andrea King; nephew, Scott Prachar of Esko; and many other nieces and nephews.
Kathy lived a full life up until 2020 where she started facing some major health issues and challenges where she was forced to no longer be in her home full time and she was ultimately put in to Park River Estates nursing home in Coon Rapids, MN in August 2021. She was suffering from congestive heart failure, respiratory failure, and acute liver disease not alcohol related which ultimately took her life.
Kathy lived a great life here on earth and is no longer in pain and is in the arms of Jesus.
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Kathy was one of my best friends for 50 years. I remember how we would both arrive early to school and sit in the library to start our day together. I remember listening to records in her basement bedroom. I remember driving around Cloquet as teenagers just for "something to do." We lived together in Cloquet in the early 1980s. I remember her many purses, how she put on lipstick before going anywhere, and when we bought white Nikes and matching white jackets at the same time. She was one who loved her "huivi." She was kind and was one of the people in my life who never hurt me. She had strong views but was one to mind her own business and accept people as they are. She was a keen observer of the world. Kathy was smart and oh so funny! We had so many private jokes throughout the years. She was a good and loyal friend who maintained our connection across the years and across the miles. I will miss her.
We will miss our breakfasts with you and Ron at Perkins. When they closed for the pandemic that day at 5:00 we were there At 2:00 for lunch and when they opened back up at the end of June 2020, we were back. Love you Kathy. You were more than a sister-in-law to me. Will miss you.
So sad to hear of Kathy’s passing. It’s been so many years since I’ve seen my cousin. Condolences to her family. Take comfort knowing she is at peace walking with Jesus Cindy (Eckman) and Robert Pouliot