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Kathleen Mary Luedtke

February 3, 2021 | 3 comments

Kathleen Mary Luedtke, 65, died February 2, 2021 from cancer, with her family by her side at her home in Onalaska, Wisconsin.

Kate was born on June 30, 1955, in York, Pennsylvania, the first daughter of Jim and Ruth Kennedy. Her family moved to Wisconsin in 1969, and she graduated from St. Mary’s Springs High School in Fond du Lac in 1973.

Kate loved gardening, cooking, and watching nature in general and birds in particular.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and always treasured her time with her kids and grandkids.  Her kids and grandkids looked forward to her annual shipment of delicious homemade Christmas cookies.  Kate was a gifted artist and crafter.  She was known for the creative Halloween costumes she made and the cakes she baked and decorated.  She put countless hours into sewing beautiful quilts that she made for each of her sons, grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Among the many professions Kate worked, she found joy in traveling the country while long-haul trucking and nature watching while working as a security guard at a paper mill on the Wisconsin River.

Kate is survived by her siblings, Jim (Maggie), Bob (Lori), Meg (Cory), and Liz (Scott); her two sons, Joe (Amy), and Jim (Leigh), and her six grandchildren: Mya, Rowan, Cameron, Annabelle, Ariel and Remy.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Ruth; her brother, Tom, and her granddaughter, Liberty.

A celebration of life for Kate will be held outdoors in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, Kate’s family suggests a donation to the Hunger Task Force of LaCrosse, lacrossehtf.org.



  1. Bonnie Wiedmeyer

    Dear Joe and Jim and families,
    So sorry for your loss, loosing a parent is always hard. May you all find peace in your faith.
    George and Bonnie Wiedmeyer

  2. Bob and Connie Busch

    Our deepest sympathies to all of her family. May she rest in peace.

  3. Al and Sherri Luedtke

    Dear nephews Jim Joe and families. Our heartfelt sympathies to all of you for losing your lovely mother. I’m glad you both had the opportunity to be with her and comfort her in her last weeks. Losing both your parents in a relatively short timespan must be very difficult to you all. May God comfort you in your grief. Uncle Al


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