A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie for Kathleen Y. Trampusch, age 63, of Long Prairie, who passed away on Tuesday, May 1st at CentraCare Healthsystem in Long Prairie. Father Rich Walz will officiate and burial will be at Bearhead Cemetery in Pillsbury Township. Friends and family may call from 5 to 8 PM Friday and from 10 to 11 AM on Saturday at the church. Parish Prayer Service at 7 PM Friday. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Stein Chapel in Long Prairie.
Kathleen Yvonne Kotnik was born on January 26, 1949 in Eveleth, MN to the late Stanley and Margaret (Kocher) Kotnik. She graduated from Eveleth High School and earned her teaching degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus. While living in Grand Rapids, Kathleen started a daycare service for college students. Kathleen was united in marriage to Karl Trampusch in 1977 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie. They made their home in Long Prairie, and both taught in the local school district. Kathleen taught 2nd grade for 3 years, then became a substitute teacher. She and Karl also taught religious education at St. Mary’s for many years. Kathleen was a member of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, as well as the “Homemakers” in Long Prairie. She enjoyed taking camping trips and many other outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, swimming and cross country skiing. Kathleen took a memorable trip to visit Austria. She always kept a garden, and enjoyed visiting with family and friends.
Kathleen is survived by her husband, Karl; children, Mike (Arlamay) Trampusch and their son, Lukas of Alexandria, Steve Trampusch of Long Prairie, and Sophia (Jamie) Ahrens of Albany, MN; brothers, Gene (Connie) Kotnik of Eveleth, and Don (Brenda) Kotnik of Iron, MN; and sister, Marge (Bill) Rutchasky of Buyck, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Stanley, Jr. and John Kotnik.
Casketbearers will be Bob Krause, Randy Brown, Jim Jewell, John Kroll, Gary Martin, and Dave Jesh.