The funeral of Kathleen Delores Barry will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, with visitation at 10 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester with Pastor Karna Hagen Moskalik officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester.
Kitty, as she was fondly known to friends and family, was 94 when she passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at the Seasons Hospice House.
Kitty was born Oct. 24, 1923, on the family farm near Preston as the fourth of ten children to Tilford and Laura (Blaksvedt) Kulsrud. She graduated from high school in Preston and attended business college in Winona. In 1943, Kitty moved to Chicago with her sister, Helen, to work for the government. They were in Chicago for only a few months as their father needed the girls back on the farm to help harvest (pick) the corn crop.
In 1947, Kitty married Charles “Chuck” Barry of Rochester. Together they had three sons and one daughter. They made their home in Rochester most of their life except for three years when the family lived in Portland, Ore. Though Kitty worked for Sears for many years, her most cherished vocation was as a devoted partner to Chuck, mother and grandmother. She always had a big hug and loving smile for everyone she met.
She was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. Kitty and her family enjoyed visiting her sister, Helen, and family Up North. She also enjoyed accompanying Chuck on several WWII U.S. Naval Armed Guard reunions over the years.
Kitty was very proud of her son, Mark, and daughter-in-law, Beth, and grandson, Kim, and granddaughter, Sydney, of Helena, Mont Kitty’s daughter, Vicki, was her joy and light of her life as anyone who knows Vicki would agree.
Kitty is preceded in death by her husband, Chuck; and sons, Scott and Kim; as well as three of her brothers and five of her sisters. She is survived by her son, Mark (Beth) Barry of Helena, Mont.; daughter, Vicki Barry of Rochester; grandson, Kim and granddaughter, Sydney, of Helena, Mont.; sister, Helen Klingsporn of Rochester; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews; as well as numerous friends.
Kitty’s family wishes to thank friends and family for the years of support and especially thanks to the Seasons Hospice House staff for their love and support they provided Kitty prior to her death. Memorials to honor Kitty are suggested for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society, Ability Building Center (ABC) of Rochester and Seasons Hospice of Rochester.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.