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Kay (Katherine) Joan Hetler


     Kay J.  Hetler, 72, of Maddock, ND,  formerly of Lake Park, MN, died Thursday, August 18, 2011, at St. Aloisius Medical Center in Harvey, ND.  Funeral services will be Thursday, August 25th, 2011,  1:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Brethren Church in Maddock with Pastors Lu Mathison, Dale Robbins and Paul McKibbon officiating. Mickey Okeson will be reading the scriptures.  Burial will be in the Hesper Cemetery at Hesper, ND.  Visitation will be Thursday at the church from 11am until the time of service.  Casket bears will be: Ole Elton,  Cody Fassett,  Mark Nielson,  Lyndon Olson,  Rick Olson and Duane Wright Music will be from Yoli Slater and Roger Hill, vocalists with Kathy Daeley, pianist. 

     “Kay”  Katherine Joan Hetler was born October 9, 1938 at West Fargo, ND, to George and Phyllis (Blanchard) Cavegn .  She was raised and educated in West Fargo and then attended Valley City Teachers College for a year.   Kay married James Hetler on June 9, 1957 at Hesper, ND.  The couple farmed in the Hesper area for a few years.  During that time, she taught for a year at the Aurora  Township School, rural Maddock and worked as a nurses aid at Memorial Hospital in Maddock.   They moved to Jamestown, ND and then to Ellendale, ND where James attended the seminary.  Kay and Jim then lived in many states, where she held numerous employments through the years.  They raised their family, adopted and served as foster parents for a number of children. 

     Kay lived a full life, and her children were her every breath.  Jim was her forever friend and put up with her impatience.  Her friends were her encouragers throughout the years.  She cherished her role as a pastor’s wife, Bible Study Teacher, and enjoyed painting and writing, especially poetry.  Kay was a charter member of the Evening Stars Homemakers Club of rural Maddock, belonged to and led many church women’s groups and other ladies groups over the years.

     Surviving are her husband:  Jim of Maddock;  children:  Bradley Hetler of Laramie, WY,  Carol Littlewind of Ft. Totten, ND,  Mylo Hetler of Buffalo, WY and Damian Hetler of Detroit Lake, MN;   7 grandchildren:  Dawn,  Natasha,  Jordana,  Joshua,  Cody,  Reatta,  and Bryan;  numerous great-grandchildren;  sisters:  Mary (Ole) Elton of Rochert, MN,  Georgine O’Toole of St. Cloud, MN and Colleen Rustad of Gardnerville,  Nevada;  sisters-in-law and brother-in-law:  Janet & Lyndon Olson of Maddock and Betty Haaland of Grand Rapids, MI and several nieces and nephews.

    Kay passed away August 18, 2011, at St. Aloisius Medical Center in Harvey, ND.  She was preceded in death by her parents;  a son:  Bryan Hetler;  a grandson:  Delin Littlewind;  brothers:  Ambrose, Jerry & Danny Cavegn  and a sister:  Phyllis Smiley.




We were so sorry to hear that our dear friend passed away.  She was truly a wonderful lady who touched so many in her life. We are blessed with many wonderful memories and happy times that we shared.  Our hearts go out to her family, especially Jim, Damian, Milo, and Brad.  WE LOVE YOU GUYS!


To Jim and family,    Thinking of you today as I have heard this news.  Kay was a very special friend and gave much of herself to others.  We cherished both Kay and Jim's friendship over the years.  The talks and prayers we shared at different times in our lives  meant much.  God's Blessings and our Prayers go out to you Jim and the family at this time.   Carlyle and Rita Johnson


Jim,Janet and families,   We are so sorry to hear that Kay has passed away.  Another, from our "Pottenger Clan"  Knowing that Kay is now with our dear Heavenly Father, we pray that memories of her will sustain you.  With Sympathy, love, and prayers,  Charlotte (Simonsen) & Richard Guptill


So sorry to hear of your loss-May GODS gift of memories comfort all of you at this time-We enjoyed & cherished the time spent with Kay-always a ray of sunshine-such a giving & loving woman. Greg & Kathy Odle and Family


I felt so bad and shocked about the passing of Kay.  She was such a very special person and I will miss seeing her. My prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.   In Him,Betty Cook


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