Kathleen M. Statema


Kathleen M. “Kathy” Statema, age 76 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully after a 16 month illness with cancer on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at the Tree of Life Assisted Living in New Munich, Minnesota.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, August 29 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Greg Paffel officiating. Interment was in St. Anthony Cemetery in Watkins.
Kathleen Marie Boals was born June 18, 1946 in Graceville, Minnesota to Charles and Dorothy (Clark) Boals. She lived in the Excelsior area and attended Minnetonka High School. At the age of 18 she was united in marriage to Leonard Miller and had two daughters, Laurie and Linda. Kathy’s second marriage was to Eugene “Gene” Donnay. For twelve years they worked together as caretakers for St. Anthony Manor in Watkins, an elderly apartment complex. They then worked at Service Master for eight years. Gene passed away and Kathy met Bert Statema. Kathy’s marriage to Bert lasted four years when Bert passed away.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Kathy loved to cook and laugh. She enjoyed going out to eat and a good cup of coffee. She enjoyed garage sales and thrift stores, the card game, Skipbo, and loved visiting and being in the loop with the latest news.
Survivors include her daughters, Laurie Miller of Bird Island and Linda (Paul) Schmiesing of Sauk Centre; grandchildren, Nicole Schmiesing of Burnsville, Chris (fiancé, Haley Jergenson) Schmiesing of Hoffman, and Tim Schmiesing of Mankato; brother-in-law, David Pfeiler, Sr. of Hutchinson; one nephew and one niece.
Kathy was preceded in death by her former husband, Leonard Miller; husbands, Eugene “Gene” Donnay and Bert Statema; parents; sister, Sylvia “Rosie” Pfeiler; and nephew, David Pfeiler, Jr.
Serving as casket bearers were Christopher Schmiesing, Timothy Schmiesing, Haley Jergenson, Jennifer Brinkmann, Thomas Brinkmann, and Mark Pfeiler. The lector was Nicole Schmiesing.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.