Kathryn “Kathy” Van Antwerpen (nee Dembiec) put the last stitch into the quilt of her life on January 30, 2021.
Kathy was an expert quilter, avid baker, dedicated teddy bear and fabric collector, Girl Scout leader, exceptional gift-giver, enthusiastic Packers fan, and enjoyed a Friday fish fry with a Brandy Manhattan. Above all though she passionately loved her family and was selfless in always making sure they were taken care of. She was born into this life on April 13, 1948 in Milwaukee, WI to Stanley and Rosemary Dembiec. She was proud of her Polish heritage, eventually living up to her dream of being a Polish Grandma. In her younger years, she enjoyed following bands and even saw the Beatles play. She met her “Chippy” Ken and they eloped on May 20, 1972. They were able to have many adventures together and accomplished their dream of retiring in northern WI where they spent time crafting and woodworking. Kathy relocated to Bemidji, MN in 2014 where she was able to continue her love of sewing, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 41 years, Ken, and granddaughter Abigail. Survived by her children Kim (Richard) Sobien, Vince (Shawn) Van Antwerpen, Cory (Ashley) Van Antwerpen, Jen (Chad) Gieser, and Tammie Andrews (Susan Bickett), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings Mike (Pat) Dembiec, Jeff (Linda) Dembiec, Sharon (Joe) Lazar, and Mary Daniels, sister-in-law Ruth (Alan) Strekow, and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.
Private family visitation will be at Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Union Grove Cemetery, Harshaw, Wisconsin. A celebration of Kathy’s life will be planned for later in 2021.