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Kathleen J. Rapraeger

April 14, 2023 | 9 comments

Kathleen (Kathy) Rapraeger, 71, gained her angel wings on April 10, 2023, unexpectedly.

She was born on August 3, 1951 to Paul and Eleanor (Joyce) Kinder in Eau Claire, WI. She graduated from West Salem High School in 1969. She went on to graduate from University of Rochester School of Nursing in Minnesota and worked as a nurse for many years. She married her high school sweetheart, Steven Rapraeger, February 23, 1974. She was currently residing in Holmen, WI.

Kathy could never pass up a good garage sale. She enjoyed listening to music, reminiscing, going for a drive and always looked forward to watching her favorite shows. She cherished her friendships and going out for lunch. It was the simple things she loved the most especially spending time with her grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her gracious smile and her motto, “peace and love”.

She is survived by son; Matthew Rapraeger, daughter; Ahna (Hector) Bazan, and five grandchildren; Alyssa, Kayleen, Hector, Rylee, and Allienna. Sisters; Patti Nesseth and Kris Kinder, and brother; Dick Kinder as well as many nieces and nephews.

She is procedeed in death by her husband; Steven Rapraeger, son; Ryan Rapraeger, parents, sister; Mary Jensen, brother; Conrad Kinder and brother-in-law; Tom Nesseth.

All friends and family are invited to gather at Halfway Creek Park West Shelter located at 400 Walnut Drive in Holmen on Sunday, May 14th, starting from 2pm until 5pm. Monetary memorials can also be sent to Coulee Region Cremation Group in honor of Kathleen.



  1. Kristy Benrud

    Sooo sorry for the loss of your loved ? one

  2. Janet Dustin Allen

    My deepest sympathy to all of Kathy’s family. Sometimes it makes you think of a broken ?. So much for one person and Kathy wore her ❤️ on her sleeve. Such a sweet cousin. So many fun childhood memories. RIP, Kathy. Fly High. So many to welcome you to heaven.

  3. Lois Pederson Heintz

    Oh how I will miss your smile and your laugh. Deepest sympathy to your family. Kathy will be missed but I am joyous in knowing that she is reunited with Ryan and Steve.

  4. Nancy Olson

    My deepest sympathy to Kathy’s family. RIP Kathy.

  5. Kathy and Rod Oliver

    So very sorry to hear about Kathy’s passing. She always had a beautiful smile. We had many coffee clutches on Prairie Drive while the kids were growing up!! She will be missed, hope all your memories hold her close to your heart. ❤️?

  6. Dan & Cathy Braund

    Our heartfelt love & sympathy to your family. Kathy was always open to

    listen, a thoughtful, and kind caring person. May she rest in peace in God’s

    loving arms.

  7. Anonymous

    Special memories of Kathy as my elderly mother ( late 90’s) and myself were colleagues at St. Joseph’s in the years past.

    Kind, compassionate ,lovely , brilliant and wonderful nurse.

    She was an outstanding coworker with readiness in helping others.
    She had empathy for those she cared for and those around her.
    Other memories… sharing and comparing estate sale finds!

    We share your loss of this sweet and beautiful lady.
    Heartfelt love.

  8. Pat Marshall

    I’ve known Kathy since the Kinders moved to West Salem when we were in sixth grade. My condolences to her family. You all meant the world to her. She will be missed.

  9. Cheryl & Don Brenengen Family

    To Kathy’s family –
    Our entire family sends our deepest sympathy in Kathy’s passing. She is now at peace in the loving arms of the Lord.

    Kathy will always be remembered here for her sense of humor, beautiful smile, and the importance of her family. What a fabulous neighbor and dear friend. Until we see her again, God’s peace be with you all.

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