08 January 2012

Kathryn Louise Tritten Pihl-Sunday's Obituary

The obituary below is for my maternal aunt, Kathryn Louise Tritten Pihl.  The obituary was found online at the funeral home's website, Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva,  Michigan.

Kathryn Louise Tritten Pihl
(September 6, 1918 - January 2, 2012)

Kathryn Louise Tritten Pihl, 93, of Manistee, formerly of Brethren and Kaleva, died Monday, January 2, 2012, at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility in Manistee. She was born September 6, 1918, in Brethren, the daughter of Otto and Daisy (Graf) Fredricks.

Kathryn worked as cook at Norman Dickson School. Later in life, she went on to become an LPN and worked as a nurse for several area physicians and at Memorial Hospital in Onekama. She also served her community as Dickson Township Supervisor.

Kathryn was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Onekama and Manistee. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Ladies Guild, in Onekama, and also served her church as a Sunday School teacher. Most of all, Kathryn loved to spend time with her family, especially with her grandchildren.

Kathryn is survived by: her children, Kathryn (Thomas) Welch of Barnesville, Ohio, and John (Susanne) Tritten in Manistee; 9 grandchildren, Thomas (Betsy) Welch of Barnesville, Ohio, Timothy (Pam) Welch of Barnesville, Ohio, Mark (Beth) Welch of Matthews, North Carolina, James (Connie) Welch of Humble, Texas, Dennis Welch of Barnesville, Ohio, Eric (Christine) Tritten of Stow, Ohio, Heather (Jason Youngstrom) Tritten of Denver, Colorado, Brian (Kimberly) Tritten of Savannah, Georgia, and Timothy Tritten of Mainistee; 18 great-grandchildren; 8 great-greatgrandchildren; 5 siblings, Lola Brown of Brethren, Richard (Marilyn) Fredericks of Brethren, John (Louise) Fredricks of Blanchard, Audrey (Bruce) Glover of Portage, and Norma Jean (Leslie) Kaskinen of Bellaire; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

On May 8, 1938, Kathryn married Carl Henry Tritten who preceded her in death in 1970. She was also preceded in death by: her second husband, Russell Wayne Puryear in 1989; her third husband, Weikko Alvar Pihl in 1994; her parents; and 6 siblings, Harold Fredricks, Daisy Marie Kurth, Leona Wagoner, Ray Fredricks, Norman Fredricks, and Otto Fredricks.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Onekama, with Reverend Eric Tritten officiating. Interment will follow in the Brethren Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, Friday, January 6, 2012, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home, in Kaleva.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sonshine Ladies of Trinity Lutheran Church in Onekama, Trinity Lutheran Church in Manistee, or to Concordia Seminary, Seminary Advancement Office-Loeber Hall, Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, Missouri, 63105-3196.

The Terwilliger Funeral Home, in Kaleva, is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary found online at www.terwilligerfuneralhome.com

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