Kathleen Saewert

Kathleen E. Saewert, 77, of Waukon died Thursday, February 11, 2021 at her home in Boyd, WI. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 20 at 11 a.m. at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial will be at Lansing Ridge Cemetery, rural Lansing. Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Friday, February 19 at Martin-Grau Funeral Home. In consideration of concerns regarding COVID-19, social distancing and wearing of masks is encouraged.

Kathleen Elizabeth Saewert was born December 1, 1943 in Cheyenne, WY, the daughter of Earl Joseph and Marie Lavaun (Kelly) Kelly. When she was a young child, Kathleen’s family moved to the Wexford area of Allamakee County, where she attended Wexford and Harpers Ferry schools. Besides being a homemaker, Kathleen also worked for 37 years at Northern Engraving in Waukon.

September 25, 1965, she married Willis Carl Saewert, Sr. in Caledonia, MN and they lived in Churchtown for a few years before moving to Waukon. About seven years ago, Kathleen moved to Boyd, WI to be closer to her daughter.

Kathleen loved to cook, bake and read cookbooks; she was also a self-appointed “food critic” of other people’s cooking. She enjoyed listening to old, twangy country-western music, watching the Hallmark Channel and John Wayne movies, and completing jigsaw and crossword puzzles. Mostly, she deeply loved her family and all her fur-grandbabies.

She is survived by her two children, Dawn (John) Herrick of Boyd, WI and Willis “Bill” Jr. (Dawn Roese) of Waukon; her grandchildren: Elizabeth (Carleton Grasty) Saewert of Woodbury, MN, Marie (Donny) Chase of Dorchester, Louissa and Kristen Schultz, both of Minneapolis, MN, and Samantha (Travis) Kramschuster and Mike and Matt Herrick, all of Boyd, WI; her great-grandchildren, Raina (Ethan Atkinson) Chase, Lydia Chase, and Annelysse, Emilee, Cooper and Cannon Kramschuster; her brother, John Kelly of Spring Grove, IL; two sisters, Margaret Slaughter and Pamela Croyle, both of Waukon; her stepsister-in-law, Lorraine Johnson of Waukon; and many nieces and nephews.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Norris Johnson; her husband, Willis, in 1990; a sister, Theresa Leikvold; a stepbrother, Walter Johnson; a sister-in-law, Beverly Kelly; and two brothers-in-law, Lloyd Leikvold and Bill Slaughter.

Honorary casketbearers are Kathleen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Casketbearers are Kevin and Mike Johnson, Bo Schellhammer, Donny Chase, Eric Rowan, Lyle Leikvold, Ethan Atkinson and Carleton Grasty.

Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.

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