Kathryn Maiolini, 93, of Fergus Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at Pioneer Retirement Community.
She was born May 11, 1914, in the mining town of Ironton, on the Cayuna Iron Range, the daughter of John and Inga Aune. Her father was a land surveyor for the Minnesota Mining Company and her mother a happy housewife in the new home the parents built on the range. She spent two years of her life in Ironton and then moved to Underwood with her parents. She attended Barnhard Elementary School and graduated from Fergus Falls High School.
Kathryn was baptized in her parent’s home in Ironton by the Lutheran Pastor John Hoistocker and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls by Rev. Lars Stalsbroten. The Bible has been her main strength all her life and she found the Psalms and Proverbs to be her wisdom and inspiration
There were no funds for a college career, so she spent a few months off and on in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In 1942, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy and after training classes at Hunter College in New York, she was assigned the job of plotting submarines, aircraft, ships at sea and blimps on the Western Sea Frontier at the Alameda Air Station in California.
While in the service, she met Frank Maiolini and they were married Oct. 20, 1945, at the Lutheran church in Burlingame, Calif. Their son, Robert John, was born Nov. 3, 1949, and the couple bought a home in San Leandro, Calif., where they became members of Christ Presbyterian Church. Kathryn was secretary to the deacons and also founded and edited the first church monthly newspaper “The Chapel Chimes.” She served as a den mother for Robert’s Cub Scout Group.
She was invited to join the San Leandro Art Association and became their historian and publicity chairman. Her paintings were shown in several art festivals. She studied piano and music theory for two years at the San Francisco Music Conservatory and gave music lessons in her own home for 14 years.
Her husband retired from government service in 1974, and the couple moved to Minnesota and built their home on the shores of Pickerel Lake where they spent their summers.
She attended various classes at Chabot Junior College and received her associate’s degree at Fergus Falls Community College. She was involved with the external studies program at Moorhead State University and earned credits in history and literature.
She was a charter member of Messiah Lutheran Church near Underwood and a member of the Messiah Lutheran Women.
She is survived by her husband, Frank; her son, Robert John (Marilee) Maiolini; a granddaughter, Kelly Marie (Travis) Leavitt; a grandson, Ben (Amy) Aune; two great-grandsons, Logen and Joseph; three sisters, Gudrun Otto, Mary (Julian) Wold and Beverly (Irv) Dennen; two brothers, John (Beverly) Aune and Philip (Joyce) Aune; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Lawrence, Jimmy and Vernon; and three sisters, Charlotte, Ruth and Ione.
Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, at Messiah Lutheran Church, rural Underwood
Clergy: Rev. Bill Colbeck
Burial: Rindal Cemetery, rural Underwood, with military honors provided by VFW Post 612 of Fergus Falls
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls
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Source: Fergus Falls Journal