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Kathryn Stavem, of Braham, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Elmhurst Commons in Braham.  She was 94 years old.

PRIVATE GRAVESIDE SERVICE AND INTERMENT was held in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.

VIDEO TRIBUTE LINK: Kathryn Stavem Memorial Service Video

Continued reflection on Kathryn’s efforts with 4-H, the Historical Society, and her writing projects. 


Kathryn Marie Stavem, of rural Stanchfield Minnesota, passed away January 9, 2021. She was 94 years old.

A life-long resident of East Central Minnesota, Kathryn was born to Jonas and Selma (Engstrom) Gerdin at home in Maple Ridge Township, ten minutes after her twin sister Vivian. She was the third of six children. She attended the country school in Maple Ridge, then went to Braham High School where she graduated in 1944. She married Lloyd Stavem on December 3, 1949.

They lived on the Stavem Century Farm in Stanchfield Township, and raised three children: Valorie, Neil, and Merrilee. Kathryn was active in 4-H and led the Maple Ridge club for many years. She earned a 50-year award for 4-H leadership in Isanti County and a scholarship was established in her name.

Kathryn obtained her Master Gardener certification through the Isanti County Agricultural Extension Service, and became a county-wide resource for an array of questions related to gardening.

Kathryn was a volunteer for the annual Braham Pie Day, and was responsible for the annual playhouse raffle project for the Isanti County Historical Society.

Her faith and her prayer life were central to her, with morning devotions at the start of each day. She journaled regularly about her life experiences, and for many years had her own column called, “Along Our Friendly Roads,” which was published in “The Braham Journal.”

After her husband of 60 years died in 2006, Kathryn eventually moved off the farm and spent the last five years of her life at Elmhurst Commons in Braham.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents Jonas and Selma Gerdin, one brother Vernon Gerdin, one sister Vivien Gerdin Jeske, one grandchild Louis Arrowsmith, and husband Lloyd Stavem.

She is survived by brothers, Alan Gerdin and John Gerdin, sister Iris Christianson, and her three children, ten grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Elmhurst Commons and St. Croix Hospice for their considerate care.

A link to a digital service of remembrance is available at the Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home’s website. A private family Interment was held at the Stanchfield Baptist Church Cemetery.

10 thoughts on “KATHRYN M. STAVEM”

  1. I am sorry to learn of Kathryn’s death. She was a positive force in the community and a kind, thoughtful person. My condolences to the family.

  2. Dear Stavem Family,
    So sorry to hear in the loss of Kathryn. Lloyd and Katheryn were so very special to me/us. Praying for comfort and strength for all of you during this time. Many Blessings.

  3. To the Stavem family.
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Lloyd and Katheryn were so kind to my hubby and I.
    Prayers for you all in this time of grief.
    Jill Arnoldy

  4. My condolences to Kathryn’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. To lose so sweet a matriarch is surely a great grief yet knowing Kathryn a little I sense she knows you will also celebrate her promotion to eternity! God bless you all.

  5. My sincerest sympathies to Kathryn’s family. Our family came to know Kathryn and her children through her work with the 4-H club. I have many fond memories of this kind lady and am saddened by her loss. May your memories comfort you and God bless you all.

    Cheryl White Johnson

  6. Valerie, Neil & Merrilee,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing; however, we all can be assured that she is with her Lord and Savior whom she served for many years. It was always a treat to stop and visit with her when we were back in the Braham/Stanchfield area. She will be missed here on Earth but we will all see her again in Glory. The video is an awesome tribute to your Mom and brought back many memories. Thanks for sharing it.


    Ron & Eileen Allen

  7. Valerie, Neil & Merrilee,

    I am sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. What a wonderful life she had, gifted with service and faith and family.


    Claire Peterson

  8. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you. We have fond memories of Kathryn, she will be missed
    Marlene and Darwin Nelson

  9. Merrilee, Neil and Val, So thankful to have had your mom in my life. I credit her for my love of gardening, my trip to National Club Congress with 4-H and many happy moments and memories along the way. We also had an unforgettable road trip from Fairbanks to Stanchfield in1989. Thinking of you all at this time. Tracy

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