Kathleen Hedtke, 81
years old, passed away, Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at Sioux Valley Hospital,
Sioux Falls, SD.
She is survived by her four children: Michael, Clearbrook, MN, Christine
(Cletus) Schons, Tracy, MN, Peter, White Bear Lake, MN, and Paul,
of Anchorage, Alaska. Three Grandchildren: Lukus and Matthew Schons
of Tracy, MN and Megan Schons of Phoenix, AZ. Her sister Elizabeth
Moe of Faribault, MN, and nephews Bradley (Cindy) Moe of Plymouth,
MN and Steven Moe of Minneapolis, MN She was preceded in death by
her parents, husband and brother-in-law Olaus Moe..
Kathleen Ruth Traeger, the daughter of Dr. Carl and Ruth (Hertzler)
Traeger, was born February 1, 1927 in Faribault, MN, Rice County.
She graduated from Faribault High School, and Hamline University
in St. Paul. She received a Master’s Degree in social work
from the University of Minnesota. Kathleen taught English and Speech
in the Jackson, MN high school, and social work for ten years at
the University of MN, Duluth and University of WI, Superior.
On June 11, 1949, she became the wife of Reuel Eugene Hedtke.
They lived in Jackson for 31 years. She ran the Red Cross Blood
Program in Jackson for a number of years. Twelve and one half years
were spent as a social worker for Jackson County. During her social
work career, she assisted in writing the MN Patient’s Bill
of Rights for the Mentally Ill, and state advocacy policy for social
services clients, and taught advocacy for clients for the State
Department of Welfare. The Hedtkes operated Camp Ink-Pa-Duta campground,
in Jackson, for thirteen years.
In 1979, she and Reuel moved to Duluth, MN, then to Utah in 1993,
where Reuel died, July 19, 1997. Kathleen returned to Duluth, where
she lived for two years. In 1999 she moved to Bishop, CA in the
Eastern Sierra Mountains. She worked for the Forest Service Inyo
National Forest in Mammoth Lakes, and Bishop, CA for eight years.
In April 2002, she was awarded a "Chief’s Volunteers
Program National Award" based upon her work done on behalf
of the Inyo National Forest. Kathleen loved to read, camp, hike
and embroider. She very much enjoyed meeting and making new friends.
According to Kathleen’s wishes, her body will be cremated.
No public service will be held. By her request Kathleen’s
ashes will be scattered in the places she most felt at home: with
her parents in Faribault, the Eastern Sierra Mountains, Duluth,
Jackson and under a Silver Maple.
Condolences may be mailed to: Chris Schons, 536 Emory St., Tracy
MN 56175, or Send Your Condolences