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Kathryn Nygaard

January 27, 2019
Estherville News

Funeral services for Kathryn Nygaard, 65, of Spirit Lake will be held at 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake with Pastor Clint Loveall officiating. Kathy passed away Jan. 25, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation is from 4-6 p.m., Tuesday at the church in Spirit Lake.

Kathryn Elida Nygaard, the daughter of Maurice and Perl (Weir) Larson, was born Aug. 18, 1953 in Estherville, Iowa.

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As a child Kathy grew up and was raised on farms near Terril and Estherville, Iowa. In 1974 she married James Nygaard and moved in November 1977 to their permanent home in Richland Township, Dickinson County Iowa. Together they were blessed with two children: Sara and Orvis.

Kathy received her education in the Estherville Schools, graduating from Estherville High School in 1971. After graduation from business school, Kathy worked in the Banking Industry for 46 years. Most recently the last 23 years at Bank Midwest in Jackson, Minn., retiring August 2018. She enjoyed working with customers and learning new processes and technology. At Bank Midwest, Kathy had the privilege to be the PEP (People Enjoying People) Club coordinator for the Jackson location. This created opportunities to meet new people while traveling to new and interesting places. Kathy was an avid Minnesota Viking fan with a goal to someday see purple and gold win the super bowl.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake, Iowa, VFW Auxiliary Post 3388, and past president of Jackson Kiwanis. In her spare time she loved to travel with her family on annual vacations to many destination, Mexico, Idaho, Hawaii, Alaska, Florida and New York visiting 33 of 50 states. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Left to cherish Kathy's memory are her husband of 44 years, James of Spirit Lake, her children Sara Nygaard of West Des Moines, Iowa and Orvis (Sami) Nygaard, Idaho Falls, Idaho; grandson, Sage Nygaard, Idaho Falls, Idaho; sister Marie Larson, Estherville; brothers Gary (JoAnne) Larson of Lime Springs, Iowa, Stan (Mary) Larson, Estherville, Iowa; sister-in-law Kris Larson, Terril, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Special bank team members as well as many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother Tim Larson (2017) and grandson Kane Nygaard (2015).

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Youth or the local school backpack program.

Blessed be the memory of Kathryn Elida Nygaard.

Please join family and friends following the service in the fellowship hall.



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