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“I'm so sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. I did not find out until now. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Linda Bias - Minneapolis, MN

“Kathy was such a joy, always laughing, always smiling, We met in high school, she was a year younger, in the class of 72, I was in 71. A group of...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Kate (mccollow) Justesen - MN

“You had a long hard journey my fiend, now rest in peace! Your strength and faith is admired. You will be missed. I will keep my memories always. ...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Susan Grunzke - Alden, MN

“Your wisdom and joy of life will be missed. Thank you for sharing your gift of faith. From one of the Catholic Moms ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Siobhan Finke - Suffolk, VA

“I am rosemarys friend...... I'm so very sorry for your loss ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Morgan Clennon - Wells, MN

“I am deeply sorry for your loss.Praying for your family's healing, comfort, strength and peace~Mary~Your Mother raised an incredibly loving Christian...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Joyce Slegh - Hollandale, MN

“I am deeply sorry for your loss.Praying for your family's healing, comfort, strength and peace.~Mary~Your Mother raised an incredibly loving...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Joyce Slegh - Hollandale, MN

“Deepest Sympathies for your loss. Kathy was confidante and friend whose devotion to Christ caused those she met to evaluate thier faith life. I...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Sassy Cummings - Friend

“I never got to meet Kathy in person but I did get to know her online through the Catholic Moms group. She seemed to be a very sweet, kind, gentle...Read More »
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Kathryn Ann Szymanski, age 63, of Wells, MN died Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at her home peacefully in Wells, MN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, August 13, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells with Fr. Matt Fasnacht and Fr. Tom Niehaus officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells from 2:00-5:00 PM with a Rosary service at 5:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be at a later date at All Saints Catholic Cemetery in New Richland, MN.

Kathy was born December 23, 1954 in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of Jay and Loretta Brooks. Kathy was united in marriage to John Szymanski September 24, 1976. Her faith was the fiber with which she wove the tapestry of her life. She showed her devotion to her faith by cultivating a Christian home via homeschooling, organic cooking and gardening. She authored a fiction book called "Take My Hand" featuring Christian family values. She and her family lived in Venezuela caring for orphans in a Christian home for a while. In 2011, she completed a marathon in Hawaii. When illness took away her speech she focused her energies on the Catholic Moms website.

In summary Kathy devoted her life to the application of family Christian values.

She was preceded in death by her parents; children: Christopher, Gabriel, Theresa, and Thomas; brothers: Patrick Brooks and Colin Brooks; in-laws: Kay and John Szymanski.

Kathryn is survived by her loving husband John; children: John (Heather) of Lafayette, IN, Mark (Kammi) of Owatonna, MN, Mary (Eric) Mickleson of Albert Lea, MN, Michael Szymanski of Albert Lea, MN, Peter (Emily) Szymanski of Albert Lea, MN, Anne (Elijah) Lippert of Mapleton, MN, and Rosemary Szymanski of Wells, MN; grandchildren: Elizabeth, Rachel, Makalia, Henry, Merick, Rebecca and Solomon; sister: Elizabeth Brooks of Loveland, CO; brothers: Marvin Brooks and family of Edina, MN and Jay Brooks of Palm Spring, CA.