Kathryn E. “Kathy” Kemper, of Melrose, died peacefully, July 29, 2022, at the age of 89, at  CentraCare Care Center in Melrose.

A memorial service will be  at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Inurnment will be at Freedhem Cemetery in Freedhem. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Aug. 3 at the funeral home in Melrose.

Kathryn Esther Jensen was born Dec. 7, 1932, in Brentford, South Dakota, to Oscar and Jean (LaBay) Jensen. She married Archie Rien Sept. 21, 1950. He died April 26, 1969. Kathy married LeRoy Kemper May 19, 1973, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Kathy worked for Stearns County as a home health aide for over 25 years. The couple dairy farmed west of Melrose until their retirement.

Kathy enjoyed making wedding cakes, fishing and researching the Rien and Winter family trees.

Survivors include her children, Charles “Chuck” (Kathy) Rien of Melrose, and Peggy (Paul) Keehr of New York; sister Merry Jo Ball of Aberdeen, South Dakota; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Kathy was preceded in death by her first husband, Archie Rien April 26, 1969; second husband, LeRoy Kemper Aug. 14, 2020; brother Allen Jensen; and sister Eleanor Dick.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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