Katherine M. Ness

October 10, 1918-July 19, 2011


Visitation: Family will be present one hour prior to the service to greet visitors.
Service: Memorial services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton with inurnment to follow at Romsdal Lutheran Cemetery rural Beresford, SD.

Katherine M. Ness, age 92, passed away at Good Samaritan Society Canton on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.  Memorial services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton with inurnment to follow at Romsdal Lutheran Cemetery rural Beresford, SD.  Family will be present one hour prior to the service to greet visitors. 
 Katy was born on October 10, 1918 to Bertha Ness in St. Paul, MN.  She and her twin sister, Caroline, were orphaned at age six when their mother passed away from tuberculosis.  She went on to reside at Beloit Children’s Home in Beloit, IA until she was fostered. 
 She graduated from Augustana Academy in 1938.  She went to St. Barnabas Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, MN earning a diploma in surgical & obstetrical nursing in 1936.  She then went to the University of Minnesota where she received a Bachelor of Science with distinction in 1950 and a Master of Education in 1958. 
She resided in the Minneapolis area most of her life where she taught nursing at St. Olaf College until retirement. 
She moved to Canton, SD to live with her widowed twin sister until moving into the Good Samaritan Society Canton.
She is survived by her nephews, Jeff (Darcy) Bjorneberg, Canton, SD, Scott Bjorneberg, Canton, SD and Tim (Barb) Bjorneberg, Pierre, SD; great nieces/nephews, Tia (Scott) Thill, & Cole Bjorneberg, all of Canton, Brooke Bjorneberg, Julie (Eric) Sibson, and Morgan & Payden, all of Tucson, AZ, Tracy Shangreaux, Jordan & Tyson, all of Pierre, SD; and longtime friends Volborg Tollefsrud and Loretta Ladd.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Bertha Ness; her twin sister, Caroline (Harold) Bjorneberg; and longtime friend Hannah Walseth.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Treatment & Research Center 640 Jackson St. St. Paul, MN 55101.
www.andersonandsonsfh.com

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  1. Thank you for sharing your love of nursing and patient care with me as a nursing student of St. Olaf College. You taught many of us the gift within of “caring.” My sympathy and condolences to family and friends. Kathy ’77

  2. I have such wonderful memories of Katy when I first met her with the Fevolds when we moved to MN and had the opportunity to talk with her about a career in nursing when I was in high school. Later, I was fortunate to have her as an instructor. Then was also a faculty colleague at St. Olaf and enjoyed a wonderful friendship over the years. Katy leaves a rich legacy of faith and leadership in nursing.

  3. Katie When Katie moved back to Canton she brought her little poodle named Molly with her. We were fortunate to have known both of them. Katie has been promoted and deep in my heart I believe she is with all her loved ones and that includes Molly.