October 29, 1932 - June 26, 2017


Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Kathleen M. Ferkinhoff, age 84, who passed away Monday at Quiet Oaks Hospice House. Rev. Steve Binsfeld will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Friday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Kathleen was born Oct. 29, 1932 to Leo & Anna (Schreder) Guck and grew up in Sauk Rapids graduating from Cathedral High School. She was united in marriage to Ted Ferkinhoff in 1953 and together they raised six children living in Sauk Rapids throughout their lives together. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a member of the Christian Mothers and Catholic Aid. Ted and Kathy became hobby farmers in 1968, raising crops, chickens and beef cattle. Kathy was very involved in running the farm, managing the household, and tending to her huge garden. Many Saturday nights were spent socializing and dancing with friends. As the kids got older, Kathy developed a self-taught business recovering furniture and due to her business, she seemed to know most everyone in Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud. In her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends, a little time at the casino, daily mass at the Poor Clares and an occasional cup of coffee at Coborn’s of course! Kathy will be remembered as a passionate person who loved her family and was so proud of all they’ve become and how they love one another.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years Ted; son-in-law, Jeff Rudy; brothers, Jerome, Eugene, Ervin and Dennis; and sisters, Arlene Ethan and Leone Jean Guck. She is survived by her children, Jeff (Theresa), Dean (Delaine), Matt (Lynne), Jane Rudy, Lynn (Craig) Sauer, and Ruth (Chris) Dorival; 10 grandchildren and 3+ great grandchildren. Other surviving family include her sisters, Jeanette Binsfeld, Mary Ann Esselman (Chuck Hanson) and Betty (Ron) Erickson; brother-in-law, Paul Ferkinhoff; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Memorials are preferred to Poor Clares Monastery, Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Quiet Oaks Hospice House.