Kathryn Jean “Kae” Amrein, a longtime resident of the Glenburn area and Minot, passed away to her heavenly place on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Paul, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Kae was born Dec. 13, 1923, on the family farm in Waterford Township of Ward County to Thomas and Ida Loretta (Barrett) Wilson. She was reared on the family farm and educated in a country elementary school, Minot High School, and graduated from Glenburn High School in 1942. She received her teacher’s certificate from Minot State College and taught elementary school during World War II.
Kae married Chester “Chet” Amrein on Jan. 30, 1944, in Lynch Immanuel Lutheran Church, near Glenburn. They made their home on their farm near Glenburn. They raised four children and farmed small grains and hay until their retirement in 1993 when their son Rick assumed control of the farm and they moved to Minot. They spent many winters in Newbury Park, Calif. Chet passed away on Aug. 29, 1997. Kae continued to reside in Minot until she moved to Minden, Nev., to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Paul, in 2009 and then to Lake Havasu City in 2012.
Kae was a member of Lynch Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Glenburn, Moose Lodge in Minot and Merry Farmerettes Homemakers Club, rural Glenburn. Kae loved music and you could often find her playing the piano or accordion with her country band “The Dakotans.” Kae also served as bailiff of the District Court in Minot, cashier at the Moose Lodge in Minot, and finally as a foster grandparent to the children at Edison Elementary in Minot.
Kae’s loving family includes: her children, Linda Jo (Paul) Williams of Lake Havasu City, Rickey Jene Amrein, rural Glenburn, LaRae Jill Amrein, Reno, Nev., and Dalen (Sharon) Nelson, Minot; grandchildren, Kristine Wilkinson, Sean and MaxWell Amrein, Anthony Luberto, Corbin Etteldorf, Jennifer Norris, Ryan Williams, Lolly Gorze, Lynae Voeller and Taletta Larson; 21 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; sister, Isabelle Stromberg, Minot; sister-in-law, Mabel Hoiland, Minot; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Kae was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; son, Redgie; grandchildren, Shannon Amrein and Michael Scott Mudd; brothers, Allen LeRoy and Thomas Hugh Wilson; and sister, Dorothy Baker.
Funeral Service: Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. in Lynch Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Glenburn.
Interment: Fairview Cemetery in Glenburn.
Visitation: Friday, Nov. 22, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Fellowship: will follow at Lynch Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Memorials: are preferred to the Edison Elementary School in loving memory of “Grandma Kae’s Library Fund,” 701-17th Ave SW, Minot, ND 58701.
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