The Free Press, Mankato, MN


May 13, 2014

Therese Kahnke Wesley Nord

— Therese Kahnke Wesley Nord, 81 of Waterville, died Monday, May 12, 2014 in Mankato.

  Therese Kahnke was born on December 28, 1932 the last of seven children born to Vincent and Mary (Lynch) Kahnke. Her parents farmed near Waseca.

 In 1951, she married Richard Wesley, moved to Waterville to become a farm wife, and had four children, Steven (1952), Sylvester (1953), Kathryn (1955), and Richelle (1958). In June 1958, Richard was killed in a farm accident leaving Therese a single mother of four.

  In 1972, Therese married Robert Nord and celebrated the rest of her life with him. They would have observed their 42nd wedding anniversary next month.

  With Bob's support, Therese became a florist and operated La Petite Flower Shop in Waterville. She also raised purebred Sharpe puppies and Belgian horses. Her hobbies included quilting, basket weaving, gardening, traveling and spending time with family, including five grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.

  She is survived by her husband, Robert; sons,  Steven (Kathy) and Sylvester (Debra) Wesley of Waterville; daughters, Kathryn Wesley (Steven Paprocki) of St. Paul  and Richelle Wesley of Eagan; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Irene Kahnke and Evelyn Kahnke of Waseca; Richard (Barbara) Nord of Arizona; LeRoy (Barbara) Nord of Alaska; and Bonnie Stassen of Inver Grove Heights.  She is mourned by countless nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.

  Visitation will be held at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waterville on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 4-7 PM and continue Thursday, one hour before services at church.  There will be a 9:30 AM rosary on Thursday at the church.

  The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Waterville.    Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

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