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Kathleen

Kathleen Pusch

d. March 8, 2018

Kathleen (Kathy) Pusch passed away on Thursday, March 8th after a brief illness. Kathleen and her twin brother, Donald were born on December 18, 1925 in Graceville, Minnesota. They were the youngest of 5 children and grew up in Munich, North Dakota. Kathy met the love of her life, Frederick Pusch when she was a student at the College of St Benedict and he was a student at St. John’s University. They were married on August 3, 1953 and moved to Austin where they raised five children. Kathy said that she became entranced with books and reading in first grade when her teacher read The Tale of Peter Rabbit to her and her classmates. She shared that love with others by working as a school librarian for many years in the Austin Public Schools. She preferred reading history and biographies. When selecting fiction, she always read the last chapter first to see if the book was worth her time. After Kathy and Fred retired, they enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe. Among her favorite destinations were Ireland (the homeland of her grand-parents) and Italy. After Fred passed away she continued to enjoy travel including a cruise to Alaska with two of her daughters and a son-in-law. Growing up during the Depression and World War II she developed a life-long interest in politics and social justice. She and Fred attended many DFL caucuses and conventions. She was never reluctant to share her thoughts on political issues of the day even writing to the bishop to suggest how he should handle a particular issue. More than anything, Kathy enjoyed being with her family. She and her twin brother shared a lake home in Detroit Lakes. They spent many summer vacations at the lake with their families and loved to entertain friends there as well. As Kathy always said “food tastes better outdoors” so lunch and dinner were always served on the deck. She and her sister-in-law outdid themselves in the kitchen at the lake, preparing homecooked feasts for a crowd that usually numbered at least 15. Kathy took great delight in her grandchildren and great grandchildren. When they were still young, she told them that candy and coffee were health foods. We think she was right on that score because she did have a long and happy life. In addition to coffee and candy, Kathy loved playing bridge with her many close friends. She often told her children that a good week was when she played bridge at least 3 times. Winning “high prize” made it even better. Her faith and being part of a Catholic community were always very important to her. Shortly after she retired, Kathy and several of her friend became known as the “Church Ladies” at a local fast food restaurant where they convened for coffee after attending daily Mass. Kathy’s good company, humor and wit will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred, her older brothers, a sister, and her son-in-law Bruce Anderson. She is survived by her twin brother, her 5 children Frederick Pusch Jr (Nancy), Mary Louise Foster (Jim), Jeanne Anderson, JoAnn Ferber(Paul), Donald (Laura), 5 grandchildren,4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor’s favorite charity. Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home. Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com

Service Information


Cemetery

Calvary Cemetery
4th Drive SW
Austin MN 55912


Visitation

Wednesday, March 14 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Edward's Catholic Church
2000 West Oakland Avenue
Austin MN 55912


Service

Wednesday, March 14 2018
11:00 AM

St. Edward's Catholic Church
2000 West Oakland Avenue
Austin MN 55912

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