Patricia Kaeder

Obituary of Patricia A Kaeder


Patricia was the 5th child born to Theodore and Julia Flaspeter. Pat grew up on the family farm in White Bear Lake. She attended White Bear Lake High School and graduated in 1948. Pat was able to get a job at 3M when she promoted her age. Her brother Ted introduced a fellow co-worker (Julian Kaeder) & private pilot to Pat, they soon started dating.

Pat and Julian were married June 9, 1951. Her brothers tried to steal her after the wedding, but that was not happening; the bride drove the getaway car in her Wedding Dress! A skilled fast driver, the future kids never missed an appointment!

They made their home in Maplewood, MN, complete with an apple orchard. Pat and Julian were proud parents of Terence and Kathryn. Upon expecting their third child, Deborah, they designed and built a home in rural Eagan, MN, closer to the airport where Julian worked.

Four of Pat’s siblings moved to Montana. Pat flew out to visit many times over the years, taking 1 or 2 of the children with her.

Pat and the family traveled to many states when the children were school age.

Pat was a talented homemaker and seamstress making dresses and outfits for the kids and beautiful dresses for herself. I’m sure she had a matching pair of dress heels for every dress!

Pat was very knowledgeable & well read. She was always happy and had a welcoming smile. Pat was a natural with designs, decorating, flowers, plants and gardening. She was a fantastic cook, her Sponge Cake with homemade, thick whipped cream on top was a favorite.

Pat volunteered and was a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Girl Scout Leader and “Cookie Mom”.

Pat spent many years on her birthday at the local Precinct as Head Election Judge.

Pat had a beautiful voice and was a member of the Church choir for many years.

Life changed dramatically 10 years ago surviving West Nile virus. She tired so easily. She became a widow after 65 years of marriage. She felt too tired to attend her 75th Class Reunion last fall.

Pat lived independently at home, driving locally until last fall. She was a strong woman that survived the Pandemic! Pat kept in touch with family members and checked in with her children by smartphone, mostly in the evening hours.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Julia, husband Julian, daughter in law Ann; brothers Theodore, Richard, and Jerome; sisters Sr. Lorraine and Jeanne. She is survived by her brother William (June) and sister Jewell; son Terence, daughters Kathryn (Lawrence) and Deborah (Steven); grandchildren Cynthia and Kevin, Jessica, Jacqueline, and Brian; great-grandchildren Stephen, Kathryn, Brandon, Ciel, Howard, Amelia, and Cameron; many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30am Thursday, March 21 with visitation 1 hour prior at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Mendota, MN. Interment Fort Snelling Cemetery.

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