August 31, 2022 at 5:53 p.m.

Kathleen M. Statema

Kathleen M. Statema
Kathleen M. Statema


Kathleen M. “Kathy” Statema, age 76 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully after a 16-month illness with cancer on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, at the Tree of Life Assisted Living in New Munich.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Aug. 29 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Greg Paffel officiating. Interment was in St. Anthony Cemetery in Watkins.

Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the church.

Kathleen Marie Boals was born June 18, 1946, in Graceville, to Charles and Dorothy (Clark) Boals. She lived in the Excelsior area and attended Minnetonka High School. At the age of 18, she was united in marriage to Leonard Miller and had two daughters, Laurie and Linda. Kathy’s second marriage was to Eugene “Gene” Donnay. For 12 years, they worked together as caretakers for St. Anthony Manor in Watkins, an elderly apartment complex. They then worked at Service Master for eight years. Gene passed away, and Kathy met Bert Statema. Kathy’s marriage to Bert lasted four years until Bert passed away.

Kathy was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. She loved to cook and laugh. She enjoyed going out to eat and a good cup of coffee. She enjoyed garage sales and thrift stores and the card game Skip-Bo, and loved visiting and being in the loop with the latest news.

Survivors include her daughters, Laurie Miller of Bird Island and Linda (Paul) Schmiesing of Sauk Centre; grandchildren, Nicole Schmiesing of Burnsville, Chris (fiancé, Haley Jergenson) Schmiesing of Hoffman, and Tim Schmiesing of Mankato; brother-in-law, David Pfeiler, Sr. of Hutchinson; one nephew and one niece.

Kathy was preceded in death by her former husband, Leonard Miller; husbands, Eugene “Gene” Donnay and Bert Statema; parents; sister, Sylvia “Rosie” Pfeiler; and nephew, David Pfeiler, Jr.

Serving as casket bearers will be Christopher Schmiesing, Timothy Schmiesing, Haley Jergenson, Jennifer Brinkmann, Thomas Brinkmann and Mark Pfeiler. The lector will be Nicole Schmiesing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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




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