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Kathryn E Pettee
06/10/1930 — 09/17/2022
From Richland, WA | Born in St. Paul, MN
Celebration of life
Richland, WA 99354
Kathryn E Pettee
Kathryn E Pettee June 10, 1930 to September 17, 2022
Kathryn was born June 10, 1930 to Arthur and Emily Hausker in St. Paul, Minnesota. She lived at Fort Snelling for 12 years, and then moved to St. Paul to complete her primary and secondary education. In 1948 she started her nursing education at Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing and earned her Registered Nurse diploma in 1952. She worked at Miller Hospital in St. Paul in the psychiatric unit. There she met the love of her life, Dr. Richard Pettee, who was interning there. Within 6 months, they were married.
Upon the birth of her first daughter, Kathryn retired from nursing to become a fulltime homemaker. After her husband’s residency in orthopedics was completed, they moved to Seattle, Washington for 6 months, then they moved to Richland, Washington in 1956. At that time, Richland resembled an army base (from Manhattan Project) so Kathryn felt at home. Now with three young children, Kathryn busied herself as wife and mother. Kathryn volunteered much of her time to Camp Fire Girls, teaching Sunday school, Friends of the Library, Planned Parenthood, Contact Teleministries, and the Medical Auxiliary. Kathryn enjoyed playing bridge and golf, participating in book clubs, and was active in PEO.
She is preceded in death by her husband Dr. Richard Pettee, her brother Arthur Hausker, and her sister Evelyn Wood. She is survived by her three children Carolyn Poirier, Stephen Pettee, and Sandra (Dennis) Fiskum; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Shalom United Church of Christ, 505 McMurray Street, Richland, on October 29 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kathryn’s name can be made to the Kadlec Foundation’s Pettee Memorial Scholarship at Kadlec Foundation, 888 Swift Blvd., Richland, Washington, 99352.
She was the best neighbor a girl could ask for. She was a strong, wonderful woman. Her absence is felt. Deepest sympathies to her family. ❤️
Kathryn Pettee was a quiet, but determined woman who always worked for what she thought was right. Her work on the board of Planned Parenthood when it was just beginning and very controversial, is an example of that. I, especially, felt her support and appreciated it.
I worked for Drs. Pettee and Field for several years after my Army discharge. I remember one Christmas the Pettees hosted a dinner at their home on the river and my date was my late mother. My sympathies to your family.