Funeral services for Kathryn (Knaack Holstad) Hanson, age 79, of Albert Lea, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church. Rev. Shane Koepke will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Kathryn died Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System, Albert Lea.
Kathryn Ingaborg Knaack was born March 26, 1938 in Shell Rock Township, Freeborn County, the daughter of Emil and Ina (Westrum) Knaack. She grew up in rural Glenville and attended school in Glenville and Albert Lea. On November 26, 1954, Kathryn married Aldon Holstad. He passed away in 2004. On November 12, 2005, Kathryn married Carroll Hanson. Kathryn was a homemaker, worked on the family farm, and did housekeeping for Mayo Health Systems. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Kathryn enjoyed reading, cooking and baking, sewing and crocheting. She was very intelligent and inquisitive, keeping up on current events. She searched for spiritual meaning in life and living. Kathryn loved spending time with her family and had great concern for others.
Kathryn is survived by her husband, Carroll Hanson; children, Pat (Brad) Martinson, Tom Holstad, Jody (Lon) Christianson, daughter-in-law, Jolene (Dave) Ward; grandchildren, Erik (Lindsey) Holstad, Justin Holstad, Jennah Holstad, Leif (Ashley Abbe) Martinson, Kelsey Martinson, Seth (Sasha) Holstad, Kail Christianson, and Emily Christianson; three great-grandchildren; step-children, Brad Hanson and Amy (Duane) Asche; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Gen Lau, Janice (Jim) Lembke, Bonnie (Ron) Rasmusson; and several nieces and nephews.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Aldon Holstad; son, Steven Holstad; brother, Richard Knaack; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews; and Carroll’s son, Todd.
Memorials preferred to Greenwood Cemetery.