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Oct. 9, 1938-Aug. 18, 2011

Former Lake Park resident Kay J. Hetler, 72, of Maddock, N.D., died Thursday, August 18, 2011, at St. Aloisius Medical Center in Harvey, N.D.

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Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at Zion Lutheran Brethren Church in Maddock, with Pastors Lu Mathison, Dale Robbins and Paul McKibbon officiating. Mickey Okeson will be reading the scriptures.

Visitation will be Thursday at the church from 11 a.m. until the start of services.

Burial will be in the Hesper Cemetery at Hesper, N.D. Casket bearers will be Ole Elton, Cody Fassett, Mark Nielson, Lyndon Olson, Rick Olson and Duane Wright.

Music will be from Yoli Slater and Roger Hill, vocalists with Kathy Daeley, pianist. The Nelson Funeral Home of Maddock is in charge of the arrangements.

Katherine "Kay" Joann Hetler was born to George and Phyllis (Blanchard) Cavegn on October 9, 1938 at West Fargo, N.D. She was raised and educated in West Fargo and then attended Valley City Teachers College for a year.

Kay married James Hetler on June 9, 1957 at Hesper. The couple farmed in the Hesper area for a few years. During that time, she taught for a year at the Aurora Township School in rural Maddock and worked as a nurses aid at Memorial Hospital in Maddock.

They moved to Jamestown, N.D., and then to Ellendale, N.D., where James attended the seminary. Kay and Jim then lived in many states, where she held numerous employments through the years. They raised their family, adopted and served as foster parents for a number of children.

Kay lived a full life and her children were her every breath. Jim was her forever friend and put up with her impatience. Her friends were her encouragers throughout the years. She cherished her role as a pastor's wife and bible study teacher, and enjoyed painting and writing, especially poetry. Kay was a charter member of the Evening Stars Homemakers Club of rural Maddock, and belonged to and led many church women's groups and other ladies groups over the years.

Surviving Kay are her husband Jim, of Maddock; children, Bradley Hetler of Laramie, Wyo., Carol Littlewind of Fort Totten, N.D., Mylo Hetler of Buffalo, Wyo., and Damian Hetler of Detroit Lakes; seven grandchildren, Dawn, Natasha, Jordana, Joshua, Cody, Reatta and Bryan; numerous great grandchildren; sisters, Mary (Ole) Elton of Rochert, Georgine O'Toole of St. Cloud, Minn., and Colleen Rustad of Gardnerville, Nev.; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Janet and Lyndon Olson of Maddock and Betty Haaland of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

Kay passed away Aug. 18 at St. Aloisius Medical Center in Harvey, N.D. Preceding her in death were her parents; a son, Bryan Hetler; a grandson, Delin Littlewind; brothers Ambrose, Jerry and Danny Cavegn; and a sister, Phyllis Smiley.

Online condolences may be left at www.thenelsonfuneralhome.com.

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