Kathleen M. Dehning
Kathleen Mary Dehning, age 85, died peacefully on Saturday, March 21 in her home at the Pillars of Mankato Senior Living facility in Mankato, Minnesota.
Because of restrictions on gatherings due to the latest Chinese virus, no Mass will be held. A private burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Mankato with Father Paul van de Crommert presiding. Please share a memory of Katy with her family at www.mankatomortuary.com.
Katy was born on March 11, 1935, to Drs Melvin and Esther King in Winthrop, Minnesota. Her parents were dentists and ran clinics in Winthrop and Granite Falls, Minnesota. As the oldest of three, Katy did a lot to help raise her two younger brothers, David and Terry. Katy attended school in Winthrop, was crowned Homecoming Queen her senior year and graduated with her class in 1953. She earned a 4-year nursing degree from St. Catherine's College in St. Paul and became a registered nurse in 1957. That same year, on August 10th following her graduation, she married the late Donald L. Dehning of St. Peter and joined him there. She spent many years working at the St. Peter Regional Hospital as a psychiatric nurse, retiring sometime in the 1990s.
Katy and Don were wonderful parents and grandparents, faithful friends and devout Catholics. They enjoyed a pleasant retirement, seeing friends and family with occasional travel to Texas, Rome, Ireland and other places. Sometime after 2015 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Dementia, and Don began to decline from congestive heart failure.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don. She is survived by her brother and wife, Dr. David and Betty King of Houston, Texas; brother and wife, Terrance and Nancy King of Isanti; son and wife, Christopher and Mara Dehning of Mankato; son, David Dehning of St. Louis Park; brother-in-law, Bruce Dehning of St. Peter; grandchildren, Michaela Dehning of Burbank, California and Mark Dehning of Eatonton, Georgia; and step grandson, AJ Degidio of Mankato.
Published on March 23, 2020


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Bea Edwards
Mar 24, 2020
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Masses and will lite candle San Quan Twxas mission church Bea Hopkins Edwards . Katie was so good to our mother Blanche Hopkins.
Bea edwards
Mar 24, 2020
That was San Quan In Texas. Will have masses said in memory of Katie and will Lite Candle for Katie in tears to come as I do for my Mom and Dad and sister Jean and brother Patrick. We are in a mandatory shelter down, and cannot leave our home til April 8th. Katie is a true angle. Love her always.
Schmitz's - Bob (Deceased) & Lilo; Dieter, Tom, Heidi, Monica & Susan
Mar 24, 2020
Chris, Dave & Family: from your former St. Peter Austin Drive (Governor's Height's) neighborhood and childhood friends; please accept our sincere condolences. Our great memories of your Mom & Dad (Kathy & Don), and you two Buddies, will be with us forever. We hope we can reconnect soon. Kind Regards, Tom & the Schmitz's
Leo & Jean Hunt
Mar 24, 2020
Katy and Don were such good friends and their love of the Latin
Mass on "some" Saturdays in Mankato during the year brought us together in the faith they both loved so much. They also attended Sunday Masses at St. Henry Parish in rural Le Sueur which was our parish, as well.
May the angels lead thee into paradise, may the martyrs receive thee at thy coming, and lead thee into the holy city of Jerusalem. May the choir of angels receive thee, and mayest thou have eternal rest with
Lazarus, who was once poor.
Jim Theuninck
Mar 23, 2020
Hi Chris & Mara...
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your Mom & Mother-in-law. There never is a good time to loose a loved one, so I will continue to pray for you and your family during this time. May God bless you and watch over you...and now she is happy being with Don..
David and Silvia King
Mar 23, 2020
Katy was a wonderful aunt! I will never forget her. She shared her love of the Catholic faith with me, and her love of the sacred music of the mass. In my college years, during a summer trip to Minnesota, Katy took me to a Latin mass, somewhere in the Twin Cities. The experience was magnificent. She later bought me a CD of the St. Cecilia Mass, by Gounod. I still have it. Later, a copy of 'The Catechism of the Catholic Church' arrived by mail, from Katy, along with an inspiring letter. I still have both. Katy was a true defender of the faith. The old faith.

When she and Don visited my family in Charleston, in the mid-seventies, she bought me a locally made sweet grass basket. I still have

God Bless Katy. She was a Saint in my eyes. I wish I could have spent more time with her. Attached is a photo of her with her brothers David and Terry, during one of Esther's funerals.
David Doherty King
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Frank Campa
Mar 23, 2020
Our sympathy from the Campa family.
Myrtle Gieseke former Miller
Mar 23, 2020
I graduated with Katy and she was a fun friend. You all have our sympathy.
Pat Sullivan
Mar 23, 2020
Chris, Mara and Dave, you are in our thoughts and prayers. She was a very kind lady and a great friend. I have many fond memories of our family vacations and just growing up as kids.
Mary Joe and Pat Smith
Mar 23, 2020
Dear Chris and Family,
Our hearts are sad to hear of the passing of your Mother.
She was so sweet and kind. I’ll never forget all the good times we had and the memories we’ve shared.
Please know you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mary Joe and Pat Smith
Mar 23, 2020