Kathleen C. Powers, 77, of Cresco, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Colonial Manor of Elma. Funeral service is at Burr Oak United Methodist Church Thursday, April 4, at 11 a.m. Burial is in Burr Oak Cemetery in Burr Oak. A visitation was Wednesday, April 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, and will continue at the church for one hour prior to the service Thursday.

Kathleen was born June 16, 1941, in Hesper, to John Kimber Sr and Mabel (Arnold). She was raised in Hesper along with her seven other siblings. Kathleen now is reunited with them.

Kathleen found her church family and was baptized at the Burr Oak Methodist Church March 24, 1956. She and husband Roger were married in that very church July 28, 1957. Later they built their lives and home there, in Burr Oak. Together they had four children: Bonnie Moore, Calmar, Tony Powers, Riceville, John (Paula Bird) Powers, Jesup and Beth (Brian) Eastland, Cresco.

Kathleen had an extreme love of the land which she passed on to all of her children. Her beautiful gardens, provided not only for her family, but for many others.

Kathleen and Roger moved their family to Roger's parent’s farm located in rural Decorah in May of 1978. There, Kathleen enjoyed quilting and crocheting. She was skilled in many crafts. Kathleen passed those skills on to not only her girls, but also to many who wanted to learn them. Kathleen and Roger spent several years together on the farm. Kathleen liked to join Roger on his bus route monitoring special needs children, with some of whom she still kept in contact.

In May 2007, Roger and Kathleen moved to Cresco from the family farm. Visits continued to be filled with love. Kathleen always had goodies made for anyone that happened to stop by and holidays were a joy. Roger preceded Kathleen in death August of 2009.

Kathleen enjoyed her family very much. When her friends came to visit, the house was always filled with laughter. The basement sewing room was busy. There were grandchildren and great-grandchildren who needed to be warm, after all. Anyone who ever met Kathleen felt if you weren't family, you wanted to be. She talked of her grandchildren with such love. Each grandchild had a special place in her heart. When the great-grandkids came, her smile was unlike any other. To several of them, she was known as Grandma Tootsie.

Kathleen's heart will forever be remembered. Kathleen was a daughter, sister, aunt, mom, grandma, and friend to many in life. Her life will carry on in her teachings for years to come.

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