Kathleen H. Hope Kenyon—Kathleen Helen Hope, 83, of Kenyon, died Monday, February 10, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 23, 1936 in Fairbault the daughter of Clarence and Mary (Maas) Garrity. Kathleen attended country school, graduated from Bethlehem Academy and later attended Beauty School in the Twin Cities. She married James Hope on August 23, 1955 in Faribault. The couple moved to Kenyon in 1957 and settled on the farm where she currently lived in 1966. Kathleen was a nurse's aid at the Kenyon Sunset Home for several years. After raising her family, she returned to school, at age 50, completing the training to be an LPN. She then returned to work at Kenyon Sunset Home. Kathleen was an active member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. Over the years she served as the Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President of the church guild. Kathleen had a big heart, deep faith, loved unconditionally, was very devoted to her family and willingly gave her time and attention to others. She enjoyed shopping, flower and vegetable gardening, puzzles, baking, country music and taking short trips with her sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Wanda (and Curt) Eschenbach of Kenyon, JoAnn (and Robert) Erie of Kenyon, Jeannette (and Larry) Floren of Kenyon; sons, Michael (and Debbie) Hope of Kenyon, Victor Hope of Kenyon, Pete Hope of Kenyon, John (and Cheryl Vanderhaar)Hope of Nerstrand; 10 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sisters, Marian Boevers of Faribault, Pat Deike of Henderson, NV, Sharon (and Jim) Sathre of Faribault; brother in law, Donald Hope of Nerstrand and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Hope; son, Brad Hope; grandson, Jared Hope; sister, Marlene Dwyer and brother, Donnie Garrity. Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home, Kenyon on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm and at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Kenyon on Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 14, 2020 at 10:30am at St. Michael's Catholic Church with Fr. Kevin Kenney officiating. Interment will be in the Valley Grove Cemetery near Nerstrand.
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