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Collette R. Kahn, of Coleraine, MN died on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN. She was 77 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be at 11:00 am. on Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Braham Evangelical  Lutheran Church in Braham.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service at Church.

INURNMENT will be in Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham

Collette Renee Kahn, age 77, of Coleraine, MN passed away due to complications from surgery on Friday, August 18 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN.

Collette was born to Vincent and Loretta (Strandlund) Ostrom on April 27, 1940. She was a beloved sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and teacher.

Collette dedicated her life to others. She was a devoted English teacher in Coleraine, volunteered with various organizations, wrote a life-changing curriculum at Duluth Business University, and was a faithful friend to many.

She is preceded in death by her parents Vince Ostrom and Loretta Gotfredson; brother Gary Ostrom;  son Vincent Kahn; and former husband William Kahn.  

She is survived by sister Bonnie (Bob) Gernander; sister-in-law Dana Yurich; daughters, Lisa (Jon) Whitney, and Nicole; grandchildren, Elise, Brooke, Andrew, Ciara, Blake, Ryenne, James, and Elijah; great-grandchild Wyatt; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and long-time partner Nels Pierson. 

10 thoughts on “COLLETTE R. KAHN”

  1. So sorry for your loss, had her for English lit had fun with passing creepy crawlers around classroom she got a kick out of it

  2. Collette was a very special lady to our family! She and Nels were wonderful friends to our son and his daughter especially while they lived across the alley. She always invited us in for coffee and baked treats. I didn’t have her for a teacher but have heard many, many wonderful comments from her former students. She had a heart of gold and truly cared. She will be greatly missed. How blessed to have spread such great compassion and interest in her friends, family and students! Blessings to you all at this difficult time.

  3. Collette was always the cousin to emulate. Beautiful, poised, a real queen with a crown! I wanted to be just like her.

    My last memory of her is at the cousin reunion this past June. She was sitting in front of us as the group photo was being taken. I remember how special it was to have her granddaughter there and sitting next to her.

  4. I”m so sorry Collette passed away. She was lots of fun. Many years ago she was my sister’s roommate at UMD. I lived in a room across the hall from them in the dorms on campus. We always had a good times. I will always cherish those “good old days” with friends room mates. My sincere sympathy to all of you. Love, Jackie (Hariu) Sathers.

  5. We enjoyed Collette’s stories and her terrific sense of humor. She loved baking and would always have her famous triple chocolate cake with coffee. She was a special lady and will be missed!

  6. Prayers and sympathy for your entire family at this difficult time. Bonnie we were sorry to
    hear of Collette’s passing. We will be out of town and will not be able to make the services.

  7. I was sad to hear of this. I babysat Vincent in their Scanlon home and I was so impressed with Collette. I wish I had seen her again. My prayers to you all.

  8. Our deepest sympathies to Collette’s entire family. I’m sorry we didn’t have the opportunity to get to know her better. We hope all the good memories you’ve all shared with Collette will soon surpass the pain of her loss. Our thoughts are with you.

  9. I wanted to do this sooner, so am happy that I can still do this. Collette was my college roommate, and thanks to her, we really got along great and had lots and lots of fun.
    Collette always kept in touch with me, and on the day she passed, I looked at my list of things to do and on the top of the list was “call Collette” Made me so sad.. She was a great lifelong friend and I will miss her dearly.
    She had saved all of the pictures, articles, etc. that I had sent her over the years, and thoughtful Nels just sent them back to me. Brought back many memories of our life together .With love and sympathy to Nels and to the family I will never forget her, as she was an important part off my life.Marla

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