Kathryn Lundin UkenArvada, Colo.: Nov. 28, 1928 – Jan. 25, 2015
Kathryn Ann Lundin Uken, 86, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, after her battle with cancer.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4500 Wadsworth Blvd., Wheat Ridge, Colo., on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m., with a reception immediately following. A memorial service is also scheduled to be held at the Norwegian Cemetery on Memorial Day weekend at the family homestead near Springfield, S.D.
Kathryn was born on the family homestead west of Springfield to James Mathias Lundin and Cornelia Jenny DeRoos on Nov. 28, 1928.
She grew up on the family homestead as the oldest of six children and graduated from Springfield High School in 1947. She married Helmuth (Ken) Uken on June 15, 1947. Kathryn attended Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, and taught in Geddes, until she moved to Los Alamos, N.M., where she worked at the National Scientific Laboratory.
Kathryn moved her family 21 times in 17 years after Ken was recalled to Air Force active duty at the beginning of the Korean War. A few of the many moves she made with her family were to the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and to Rhein Main Air Force Base in West Germany. The last military move was to the ROTC Detachment at South Dakota State University in Brookings.
In the mid ’60s, Kathryn found herself raising four children as a single parent and furthered her education by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in education and then a master’s degree in educational counseling at South Dakota State University. She then taught and counseled at Brookings elementary schools for several years before pursuing a career in real estate.
Kathryn moved to Arvada, Colo., in 1982 and worked as a realtor until her retirement in 2009.
Kathryn was a talented pianist who played at countless events and was a member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Kathryn played in the Bell Choir at Holy Cross for many years. She also served in Reach to Recovery to support those diagnosed with breast cancer and also served in the Stephen Ministry, a one-to-one lay caring ministry for people who are hurting. Kathryn's passions in life were her family, music, world travel, her church and helping others.
She is survived by her children, James (Marilyn) Uken of Glendale, Ariz., Karen (Tim) Michiels of Loveland, Colo.; Wanda (Jon) Hawes of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Eric Uken of Arvada, Colo.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and siblings Perry Lundin, Mary Nygaard, John Lundin, Janice Crea, and Connie Dresbach.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her an infant son Joseph.
If you would like to make a donation in Kathryn’s memory, consider the American Cancer Society. Donations can be made out to the American Cancer Society and mailed to Eric Uken, 8465 C Everett Way, Arvada, Colo. 80005.