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Kathleen M. "Kate" Kulstad

Died: Thu., Oct. 13, 2011

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STEVENSVILLE - Kathleen Marie "Kate" Kulstad, 86, passed away at her home in Stevensville on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.

She is survived by her husband of almost 69 years, John Rodney Kulstad (Rod) and her son Rodney Richard Kulstad; and daughters, Diane Bryjak of Bloomingdale, N.Y., and Janice Tripp of Eugene, Ore. Kate was the grandmother to six grandchildren and the great-grandmother to six great-grandchildren. Her youngest son, Alan Duane Kulstad died on Jan. 3, 2009. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews and their children.

Kate was born on July 31, 1925, to Calvert and Ara Mooney of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Kate was the youngest of four daughters, all of whom have passed on. She grew up in Coeur d'Alene and at a very young age became a lover of beautiful Coeur d'Alene Lake and a very good swimmer. Kate was also an accomplished acrobatic and in her teen years she skied the lake on the shoulders of two males while performing acrobatics! She also played the violin in the school orchestra.

Kate met the love of her life, John Rodney Kulstad, in Coeur d'Alene and they were married on Dec. 19, 1942. Rod and Kate lived in Seattle and moved to Montana in 1947. The couple and their two oldest children lived in Three Forks and Helena before settling in Target Range just outside of Missoula. In 1971, Rod and Kate moved to Stevensville with their only child that was still at home, Janice. They have greatly enjoyed the community of Stevensville and the beauty of the Bitterroot Mountains for many years.

Kate loved to cook and was known for her ready hospitality, having many friends drop in for dinner and an evening of visiting and often a game of pinochle. She was known for her delectable apple pie, which she made almost daily in the fall for her husband. Kate loved her flower garden but most of all she was a wonderful loving wife to Rod.

Kate was a cancer survivor, having had breast cancer in her early 60s. Throughout her life she was never heard complaining about anything and in the last years of her life when her health failed, she continued to look on the bright side of life. She will be deeply missed by loving family and friends.

A memorial service will be held for Kate at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Whitesitt Funeral Home located on 314 Church St. in Stevensville. A reception will immediately follow at the family home of Rod Kulstad, 606 College St. in Stevensville.

Donations in Kate's name can be made to Aspen Hospice, 107 Bell Crossing, Stevensville, MT 59870 or the American Cancer Society.

Read more: http://missoulian.com/news/local/obituaries/article_de6e24d2-fa57-11e0-b1b9-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1bFHAuDpr

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Bob Daniels
   Posted Thu October 20, 2011
Dear Rod:

Phyllis and I were deeply saddened to hear of Kate's passing. We always remember the good times we had at the golf course so many years ago with Kate, you and the Wandlers.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

Bob and Phyllis Daniels

Linda I Martin Anderson
   Posted Thu October 20, 2011
I will remembered and miss the great visits and conversations about family I had with Katie. I will have fond memories of her. I will also keep Rod in my prayers. I hope to get over there next spring with my mother Dorothy Martin.
Love Linda

Bob & Karen Virts
   Posted Thu October 20, 2011
I will never forget all the wonderful visits I had with Kate (and each Rod) at the old monument shop. Those were the good old days. I feel blessed to have known Kate and how she represented what a woman should be. She loved her family and life. Bob and I will be unable to attend the celebration of her life but will be in touch. Bill Kropp said Rod is moving back to the area so we will try to make contact with everyone as soon as you've had time to reflect on your loss with awesome memories. Our condolences to the entire family. Bob and Karen Virts

Pat Pfau
   Posted Fri October 21, 2011
To Rod and Kate's family......Jim and I would like to extend our deepest condolences in Katie's passing. Katie was an awesome lady, always laughing and smiling. I will never forget her smile. May your fond memories help fill the void in your life. God Bless you all. Pat and Jim Pfau

Vern and Bunny Cardon
   Posted Sat October 22, 2011
To all Kate's family, Our sincere condolances. We will be unable to attend her services but do know that we will remember her and your family in our prayers. She was a kind and delightful lady. May you find comfort in your loss. God Bless you all. Vern and Bunny Cardon

Betty Jo Thompson Powell
   Posted Mon October 24, 2011
To Rod, Rod, Diane and Janice
So sorry to hear you have lost Kate. I have thought several times wondering if she & Rod were still around. My memory most of Kate was of her singing the Halo Shampoo to Alan and ending it with "Hey, you ain't got no hair to glorify!). She was the epitomy of energy as I remember her.

Donna Frechette
   Posted Tue October 25, 2011
To my two Rods and family, I am so sorry to read about Katie. She was always so nice to me when I came around as a nervous teenager to meet her and Rod. From that time on whenever I saw her she always had a smile. I know she will be greatly missed as she was just one very special lady. Love to all Donna (Sommers)

Paulie Blaine
   Posted Sat October 29, 2011
Dear Rod and Family.....

It is with the deepest sympathy that I read of Katie's passing. I will always remember our days as your neighbors in Target Range and the good visits we had with you and Katie in Stevensville. I will always remember her great sense of humor and her lovely smile. God Bless all of the Kulstad family.

Paulie (Hirst) Blaine

Dan Hirst
   Posted Sat October 29, 2011
(Big) Rod and Family!
Not real sure what/how to say how very-very sorry I am to hear of Katie's passing. I often think about the times I had with your family and especially with Alan at Target Range. I often go down there and across the 'bridge' when I want to think about some very enjoyable times. I was wanting to get in touch with Alan but that passed by to quickly. With mom's passing last May 2011 (we use to talk quite a bit about the Target Range days) and now Katie, you start thinking of all the things you would have liked to asked those people and never got the chance to! Life is very precious and so enjoy it as much as you can... I was going to get in touch with your family after Alan's passing, but after much thinking I just decided I wanted to remember your family as I remembered them at Target Range as Alan was the first friend I remember having...
So, to all of your family, enjoy the time you have here...
Dan Hirst...

Dede Myers
   Posted Wed November 02, 2011
Dear Rod and Family -
I was so sorry to hear about Katie's passing! As my siblings have said, we remember our days in Target Range with great fondness! You were wonderful neighbors and I have many happy memories of those days. I am so glad that Mom and I were able to get up to Stevensville for a visit and to reminisce about the 'old' days. Dede (Hirst) Myers

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