NORFOLK — Funeral service for Kathryn Y. (Andersen) Skovsende, 86, Norfolk, was Feb. 3 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Norfolk. Rev. Randy Rasmussen officiated.
Burial was at the Pilger Cemetery, rural Pilger.
Pallbearers were David Addison, Luke Pinkelman, Adam Dorcey, Brad Andersen, Max Andersen, Tom Weier and Corey Hildebrand.
Honorary pallbearers were the staff of the Homestead of Norfolk Assisted Living Center.
Visitation was Feb. 2 at Stonacek Funeral Chapel, Norfolk, and continued Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Kathryn died Jan. 30, 2020. at the Homestead of Norfolk Assisted Living.
Stonacek Funeral Chapel, Norfolk was in charge of the arrangements.
Kathryn Y. (Andersen) Skovsende, daughter of Albert and Mildred (Anderson) Meyer, was born April 19, 1933, in Wisner. She attended grade school in Pilger and graduated from Pilger High School in 1951. After graduation, Kathryn worked for several families when new babies were brought home. She also worked for a doctor in Scribner. She lived in Norfolk with her friend, Eunice Rakowsky, and they worked for Nash Finch. She loved to dance and both her spouses “cut the rug” many a Saturday night. She married Emmett Andersen Oct. 30, 1955, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Pilger. After her marriage to Emmett, she stayed home and raised her children for several years, often helping her spouse at Jim Pile Falstaff, doing his nightly bookwork when he returned to town and then starting back to work at McDonald’s, Montgomery Ward, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Norfolk Junior High School. Emmett died Oct. 18, 1975. Kathryn later married Leo Skovsende Sept. 9, 1983, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pilger. After her marriage to Leo, she worked at the Pilger Co-op Store. Leo died Jan. 6, 1996.
Kathryn was extremely proud of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-granddaughter. Nothing made her as happy as when her family came to visit.
Her one regret was that she hadn’t seen the mountains — very glad we made this trip. The highlight of her last year was a camping trip to see the Rocky Mountains with three of her grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law. She enjoyed making Christmas stockings for family members, baby quilts for newborn babies in the family and decorating for each of the holidays. She also loved giving people a hard time.
She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Pilger, then later St. John’s Lutheran Church, Norfolk. She belonged to the Good Time Coffee Bunch, church ladies circle and both the American Legion and VFW auxiliaries in Norfolk.
Survivors include her children, Deb (Mark) Addison, Hartington; Greg (Judy) Andersen, Norfolk; Ann Marie (Bob) Demerath, Mountain Grove, Mo.; her step children, Cindy (Gary) Rauch, Chicago, Ill.; Margie (Mike) Heller, Omaha; Amy (Kurt) Petersen, Pilger; and Jim (Amy) Skovsende, Elkhorn; 11 grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; nine step great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and a sister, Phyllis Eckert, Wisner.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Mildred; and both spouses, Emmett and Leo.