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Kathryn Pettit

Kathryn M. Pettit, 98, Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Kathryn Marie Lynch was born Feb. 20, 1910, in Staples to Dorse and Doris (Mertens) Lynch. She attended schools in Staples and Sebeka and later attended Moorhead State Teachers College in Moorhead. Kathryn was united in marriage to Robert L. Pettit Sept. 9, 1931, in Verndale. They made their home in Detroit Lakes and she taught in Audubon and, for 18 years, at Washington Elementary School in Detroit Lakes. She retired in 1974. Robert died later that same year. Kathryn moved to Winchester on Washington in 2001, to Lincoln Park and recently to Oak Crossing.

Kathryn enjoyed visiting with her former students, flowers and mashed potatoes and gravy. She was active in Holy Rosary Church, Catholic Daughters, the "Friday Coffee Group," Retired Teachers, the garden club and the Detroit Lakes Library Club. She also cherished the years she was able to travel to California and Florida during the winter months.

Kathryn's survivors include three sons, Robert (Helen) Lynn, Perham, Richard (Lynn) James, Detroit Lakes, John (Marian) Charles, Prescott, Ariz.; one daughter, Kay Marie (Robert) LeVasseur, Duluth; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; brother, Lynn (Marilyn) Lynch, Alexandria.

In addition to her husband, Bob, Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and two sisters.

Mass Of Christian burial will be Saturday, June 20, 10:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Fr. Jerry Rogers, officiating.

Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to the funeral mass.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. An online guestbook is available at