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Catherine “Kay” Engberg

Catherine Engberg obituary photoCatherine M. “Kay” Engberg, age 88, of Huron, died on Saturday, August 14, 2010, at StoneyBrook Suites in Huron.  Her memorial service was at 11:00 AM, Friday, August 20th, at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kevin Channell, officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Presbyterian Women Mission Projects or the Crosby Cemetery, Crosby, North Dakota.

Catherine Mae Hanmer was born on October 9, 1921, at Crosby, North Dakota to William and Katherine (Hawkins) Hanmer.  She graduated from Crosby High School in 1939 and received her teaching diploma from Minot State Teacher’s College in 1941.  Kay taught school for five years.

On July 11, 1943, she married Chester “Chet” Engberg at Crosby, North Dakota when Chet returned home on his first furlough.  Kay became interested in a hospital career when Chet was attending business school in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Kay was a receptionist at Deaconess Hospital in Grand Forks, a clerical employee at the Deaconess Hospital in Grafton, North Dakota, a nursing school secretary at Bismarck Hospital, a receptionist again at Mercy Hospital in Williston where she transferred to the Medical Records department.  In 1966, she became an accredited record technician.  This career followed her to Huron, where the sister’s hired her in 1976 when they found an ART in their midst and eager to work.  Kay moved to Huron in 1975 with her husband when they had bought the Ben Franklin Store, which they owned for 20 years.

Chet and Kay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 11, 1993, an open house and had been hosted by their son’s family, Tyler, Sharon and children.

Kay often remarked “I’ve far outlived my expected life span”, having had two open heart surgeries, in 1972 and 1980.  She retired at the age of seventy-two.  She was a proud, happy woman.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chet in July 2000; two brothers, Bill and Bob Hanmer, and many sisters and brothers-in-law on her husband’s side of the family.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her son, Tyler Engberg of Fargo, North Dakota; three grandchildren, Byron (Megan) Engberg of Crary, North Dakota, Katherine (Dale) Knudson of Pueblo, Colorado and Kelly (Nathan) Schaffer of Ft. Lupton, Colorado; Three great-grandchildren, Ainsleigh Engberg, Cooper Knudson and Vanessa Schaffer; one brother-in-law  Ken and Edie Engberg of Crosby, North Dakota; one sister-in-law,  Ruby Engberg of Crosby, North Dakota; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

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