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Kathryn A. Braatz

 
December 23, 2021

Kathryn Braatz, Bonners Ferry, died on December 22, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Spokane Valley due to complications following surgery in early October. She was cared for by professional caregivers, Hospice of Spokane, and her family until her death. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers gifts to the Memorial Fund of Trinity. The gifts will be used to support the Trinity quilting group and Lutheran Relief Quilting program which delivers quilts to needy people worldwide.

Kathryn was born in 1939 in Elizabeth, Illinois, near where her father served as a Lutheran pastor. After he joined the U.S. Army, the family moved frequently, so Kathryn grew up in many states, including California and Texas, and also in Okinawa and France. She graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, then taught high school business courses in Dumont, Iowa, before her marriage to Norman Braatz in 1963.

Their first home was in Brooklyn, New York, where Kathryn worked at the national office of the Lutheran Church of America and taught in a Lutheran school in Queens. After daughter Kara was born, the family moved to Dobbs Ferry, New York, where son Timothy was born. Kathryn also raised foster children, and the family adopted daughter Tanya.

In 1973, the Braatz family moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Kathryn taught high school business courses, and the family adopted son Mark. Later, in southern California, Kathryn worked as a market analyst in the aerospace industry, then turned to caring for her aging parents and aunt.

In 2002, Kathryn and Norman retired in Bonners Ferry. Kathryn was active in the quilting group at Trinity Lutheran, helping make hundreds of Lutheran World Relief quilts for needy people around the world.

Kathryn is survived by her husband, Norman Braatz, children Kara Karsten, Spokane Valley, Timothy Braatz, Bonners Ferry, Tanya Lugo (Virgil), Menifee, California, and son Mark of Tennessee, as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters and one brother. Four other siblings died before her.

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