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Kathy Ann Blesener

Kathy Ann Blesener

Kathy A. Blesener, 65, of Cottage Grove died peacefully on August 7, 2018 at home in the presence of her husband Paul, daughter Kaitlyn, and son Ross. Kathy had a brief, intense battle with Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

Kathy Ann Ostby was born on August 26, 1952 to Elmer and Marie Ostby in South St. Paul. Kathy attended local schools and graduated from SSP high school in 1970. After graduation, Kathy began her long career at West Publishing Company (later Thomson Reuters) in St. Paul. Kathy worked as a senior editor of Westlaw and as a court liaison, garnering numerous accolades, before retiring after 42 years in 2013.

Kathy was united in marriage to Paul Blesener on October 26, 1985 at Luther Memorial Church. They lived in St. Paul before moving to Cottage Grove in 1990.

Kathy was a faithful, lifelong, active and contributing member of Luther Memorial Church. She was a member of several boards, taught Sunday school and youth choir, sang in church choirs and was well known for her stirring rendition of "O Holy Night," a Christmas Eve tradition at LMC for decades. Kathy was an incredible wife, mother, and friend. To have Kathy in your life meant that you had a true supporter, comforter, and kindhearted friend with you at all times. Children gravitated to her gracious, patient, generous and trusting persona. She took a genuine interest in all she met and remembered scores of friends and relatives with personalized greetings on birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and important events. She projected a cheerful, positive aura and truly lived her life by the Golden Rule. Her passing leaves a void in the lives of all who knew her. Funeral Service was held August 11, 2018. Interment Cottage Grove Cemetery.