Funeral services for Patricia Cady of Donnelly will be held Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Father Tim Baltes will be officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in St. Theresia's Catholic Cemetery in Donnelly.
Patricia LaMae Kroening, daughter of Arthur and Lydia (Schmid) Kroening, was born June 24, 1935 in Springfield, where she grew up and attended and graduated from Springfield Public School. Following her schooling, Pat lived in New Ulm, where she worked for Brown County as Deputy Clerk of Court. On June 15, 1961, she was united in marriage to Richard Hayes Cady in Springfield. The couple moved to Albany, where Pat worked for the Albany Enterprise and the St. Cloud Visitor. Pat and Richard raised their five children: Julie, Michelle, Toni, Kathy and Sean in Albany. In 1994, Pat and Richard moved to a farm site near Donnelly, where they have continued to live since that time.
Pat was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. She was involved in many community projects: She authored, edited and published the parish newsletter for three years at Seven Dolores Church in Albany; she co-organized the Albany Combined Fund, PTA and Albany Music Society. She was a member of the 4-H County Advisory Board for over nine years and was a 4-H leader for 18 years in Stevens County. She volunteered at the Stevens County Historical Museum and worked on obituaries at the library.
Pat was very interested in history and genealogy and did a lot of work on the family history. She was also very actively involved with music. She belonged to the Albany City Band, Morris City Band, Sweet Adeline's, Lakeside Harmony Chorus, Swift County, Tri State and Heartland Community Bands. She was a cast member and co-author of a skit in "Playing with Memories" at the Barrett Theatre. She loved to travel and went to Europe in 1958. She was able to see China in 1998 with the St. Cloud Municipal Band and did missionary work in Peru in 2004 through Assumption Church.
Pat enjoyed travel, music, meeting people, camping, genealogy, attending concerts with Sean, crafts and sewing. She always put others first and was greatly loved by all those with whom she made acquaintance. Her favorite thing to do was to attend International Music Camp at the International Peace Gardens in North Dakota. She met many friends there and was immersed in music (playing flute and singing) for a whole week each year. She also loved her family very dearly and loved to spend time with them, especially her grandchildren. She attended every event they had up until her passing.
Pat died on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008 at the Courage Cottage in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 73 years old.
She is survived by her husband: Richard Cady of Donnelly; five children: Julie (Joe) Kill of Donnelly, Michelle (Jeff) Nathe of Albany, Toni Cady of Aberdeen, S.D., Kathy Cady of Aberdeen, S.D. and Sean Cady of Donnelly; nine grandchildren: David, Adam, Katelyn, Kira, Collin, Austin, Zachary, Shannon, Callista; two sisters: Sr. Mary Christa Virginia Kroening of Duluth and Audrey (Benjamin) Bambenek of Plymouth; one brother: John (Gloria) Kroening of Hancock and two sisters-in-law: Donna Kroening of New Hope and Kathy Kroening of Minnetonka. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: Theodore Kroening and Paul Kroening.
Pallbearers for the service are: Leon Smith, Steve Fults, Virgil Fults, Don Rickert and Chris Smith. Honorary pallbearers are: Sean Cady, Joe Kill, Dan Koehntop, Jeff Nathe, Pat's grandchildren and all who called her friend. Linda Hodgson will serve as pianist for the service with Ken Hodgson serving as song leader and Lisa Winters playing the flute. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D. or Mary Knoll.