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Saundra Rita (Kavitz) Tibbetts, 56

Saundra Rita (Kavitz) Tibbetts, 56, of Bemidji, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at her home.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m., Friday at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home in Bemidji with Rev. Stan Nelson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

She was born Nov. 11, 1952, to Leo and Bernice Schroeder Kavitz in Cold Spring, Minn. She grew up and graduated from Hastings High School in Hastings, Minn. After high school, she and her son, Shawn, moved to northern Minnesota. She graduated from Bemidji State University with a master's degree in physiology. She created a home cleaning business and continued to work there until she became sick. She enjoyed being with her boys. She also enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and reading.

She is survived by her sons, Shawn (Tamara) O' Brien of Spring Valley, Wis., and Robert Tibbetts of Bemidji; three grandchildren; and brother, Tom Kavitz.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Tommy Tibbetts.

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