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Kathleen M. Biesterveld

Kathleen M. Biesterveld

December 25, 2019

Kathleen “Kathy” Mary Biesterveld, 73, of Bloomer, WI, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born September 18, 1946, in Plum City, WI, the daughter of Sheldon “Bud” and Lennis (Grant) Kane. She attended St. John's Catholic School, Plum City High School and graduated from the Villa Marie Academy in Frontenac MN in 1964. On May 31, 1969, Kathy married Douglas R Biesterveld in Plum City, WI. Together, they lived in the Twin Cities, Japan, Ohio, and moved to Bloomer in 1978.

Kathy attended college at St Francis Nursing School in Milwaukee and completed her LPN Degree. Later she attended Chippewa Valley Technical College where she completed her RN Degree, graduating in 1990.

Kathy worked for Sacred Heart Hospital, Maplewood Nursing Home, for 34 years, and retired in 2015. She started her career as an LPN, earned her RN degree, MDS Coordinator, Director of Nursing. She ultimately returned to doing what she loved best – working as an RN, caring for her patients. She earned the Daisy Award while working for the Mayo Health System.

Kathy’s hobbies and enjoyments included being an incredible mother and grandmother, family time at the cabin, boating, 4-wheeling and hiking. Also traveling, cruises, spending time with friends while enjoying her wine and margaritas, being the best puppy holder, socializing for Pine Cone Ridge Retrievers, her kitties, gardening, canning, and cooking. She is survived by her husband, Doug; children, Terrance (Tricia) Biesterveld, Monica (David) Handrahan; Grandchildren, Alyssa Drinkman, Erikka Ashwell, Damian (Ericka) Hughes, Samantha Biesterveld, Brianna Biesterveld, Christian Handrahan and great granddaughter, Nakiah Drinkman; siblings, Jerome Kane, Donald (Theresa) Kane, Michael (Patricia) Kane; many nieces and nephews, many close friends and co-workers, her kitty “Love Bug”, and her golden retrievers. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; sisters-in-law, Sandra Kane and Kathy Kane.

She will always be remembered as being loving, inspirational, and a wonderful wife, mother & grandmother.

A Celebration of Kathy’s Life will be held from 3-6 p.m. Monday, December 30, 2019, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, ALTOONA (located next to Charter Spectrum). A time of remembrance and prayer will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a reception with dinner. Burial will be held later at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.

Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services is serving the family.


3-6 p.m. Monday, December 30, 2019, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, ALTOONA (located next to Charter Spectrum).


5 p.m. Monday, December 30, 2019, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, ALTOONA (located next to Charter Spectrum).

Florist Information

May's Floral (715) 836-8220 - All flowers should be delivered to the Celebration of Life Center in Altoona by 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30. ****PLEASE DO NOT DELIVER TO OUR BLOOMER LOCATION****


  • Nancy So sorry to hear of your moms death. She was a very caring and upbeat lady and a great role model to her children. Mrs, Haley

    January 10 at 10:53pm

  • Gerald Pecha DVM Doug you have our thoughts and prayers. We all are going to miss her a lot. She had that way of making you feel good and make you smile. My mother loved her in the nursing home. She told me I didn't come to visit her often enough. You did a good job!

    January 8 at 4:00am

  • Pat Stratton Colburn I wish I had visited her on one of my trips back to WI in the 33 years I've been away. We were roommates in 1967 in downtown EC. So sorry to hear of your loss. I was just told today. Great lady!

    January 3 at 4:55pm

  • Raymond Dreger So sorry to here of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Pancreatic cancer is a tough disease to overcome. How well I know. Doug, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

    December 31 at 6:56AM

  • WILLIAM G AND SUSAN A ANDERSON This is an extremely difficult time for the entire family. The loss of a great wife, mother and grandmother is a tough thing. I wish I had a magic word or words to make this loss feel less. I don't! All I can say is be very happy you had this wonderful person as your wife, mother and granmother! Be sad that that chapter in your life has closed but be glad that you had that chapter. God Bless!

    December 30 at 10:07AM

  • Robert Heagle Sorry for your loss I knew Kathleen through Don and Thersa Kane

    December 28 at 7:16PM

  • Norwood Fedie Doug and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Brenda and I were deeply saddened to learn of Kathy's passing, Please accept our sincere condolences and find peace in the fact that her suffering is over. We always enjoyed being with her and are glad that we were able to spend a few days with her and Doug in Arizona this past spring. We had discussed making the trip for 2 or 3 years and finally made it happen this year. We will surely miss her when we visit family and friends in West Central Wisconsin. Brenda and Norwood Fedie

    December 28 at 9:35AM

  • Fran and Kay Seibel Our deepest sympathy for all of you. Kathy was such a great lady. Always a smile. She took such good care of her patients.❤️????

    December 27 at 4:54PM

  • Robert and Mary Jane Koscielak So sorry for your loss, sympathy to the family.

    December 27 at 4:52PM

  • Rosemary Paulich I am sorry for your loss. Much love

    December 27 at 9:39AM

  • Linda Traynor So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family during this difficult time.

    December 27 at 5:19AM

  • Codey Wittig Kathy, you are deeply missed and our family's thoughts are with yours. Thank you for all the memories. I will never forget your warm smile and hearty laugh. I'm sorry you had to go so soon, and I hope you are at peace. Love to Doug and the family.
    Codey, Becki, and Linnea Wittig

    December 26 at 8:14PM

  • Carl and Tanya Strozewski Carl and I wish we could be there for Kathy’s Celebration of life. Love to all of the family. We have shared so many good times with your Mom and Dad. We are so blessed to have them in our lives. With all our love to all of you. Tanya and Carl

    December 26 at 8:09PM

  • Edward Nabangi On the behalf of Alyssa and Edward Nabangi’s family. Please accept our heart felt condolences.
    Edward Nabangi.

    December 26 at 8:08PM

  • Diane Steinmetz To the Family of Kathy, I was very surprised to hear of Kathy's passing. She was a wonderful nurse and truly enjoyed her vocation. No matter if she was having a bad day,she always had a cheerful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    December 26 at 1:28PM

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