Kathy Wise, age 55 of Northfield, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Reflections Hospice in Northfield, after a two year battle with cancer. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am Wednesday, July 23 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Northfield. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 22nd from 4 to 8 pm at Biermans Funeral Home in Northfield, and for one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be following services at Calvary Cemetery in Northfield.
Kathryn Marie Forsyth was born in Sioux City, Iowa on March 16, 1959, daughter of John and Patricia (Flanagan) Forsyth. She and her three younger siblings were raised in Worthington, Minnesota. She graduated from Worthington High School in 1977 and Worthington Community College in 1979. She continued her education at the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1982. On August 7, 1982 she married Paul Edward Wise in Worthington.
After their marriage, Paul and Kathy made their home in Northfield. During her 32 year career as a Physical Therapist, Kathy worked at the Northfield Hospital, Zumbrota Health Care and for the last eleven years, the Northfield Retirement Community. She was well respected by her peers and patients. Kathy also actively volunteered in the community. The Northfield Education Association recognized her as a "Friend of Education" in 2005 for her many volunteer hours in the classroom. She was active in her church, helping with the confirmation classes for many years. Kathy was an avid sports fan and spent many evenings on the bleachers keeping score.
Kathy is survived by her husband of 32 years, Paul Wise of Northfield; daughter Carolyn Wise of Bellingham, WA; son Thomas Wise of Northfield; mother Patricia Forsyth of Northfield; sister Michele (Paul) Patnaude of Maplewood, MN; sister Janelle (Brian) Stroh of Lakeville, MN; brother Bruce (Nicole) Forsyth of Hanover, MN; mother-in-law Gen Wise of Northfield; brother-in-law Russel (Lorenda) Glade of Ocheyedan, IA; sister-in-law Becky (Steve) Serck of Winterville, NC; 12 nieces and nephews and one great nephew. She was preceded in death by her father, John Forsyth; father-in-law, Maurice Wise; sister-in-law, Pamela Glade, and her grandparents.
Memorials may be made to Northfield Hospice, St. Dominic Catholic Church, or Prairies Edge Humane Society.
Funeral arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.