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Katherine McAlpine -- Rochester

January 28, 2019 GMT

Katherine Elizabeth McAlpine, age 95, died peacefully at The Homestead, Bellemoor Memory Support Center in Rochester on Dec. 31, 2018.

Katherine was born on Aug. 1, 1923, in Scobey, Mont., to John and Agnes Nyquist. She graduated from Milaca, Minn., High School, and received a degree in Music from Northwestern College and a Teacher’s Certificate from McPhail School of Music. She married her high school sweetheart, Don McAlpine, on July 16, 1946. Together, they raised three children, Susan, Donald and Dorothea.

Katherine served as her church choir director and organist, as well as frequent soloist and accompanist. She taught private piano lessons, remembered by students as a kind and encouraging teacher. In 20 years of work for the Evangelical Free Church Elim Homes, she worked side by side with Donald as an administrative assistant, LPN, and a licensed nursing home administrator.

Don and Katherine spent retirement winters in Sun City, Ariz., and summers at their lake cabin on Mille Lacs, where she was a welcoming hostess to many visitors. She was an avid reader, and skilled in many creative arts. Above all, she was a woman of strong faith, sustained by prayer and trust in God.

Katherine is survived by her three children, Susan Bourgerie (Larry), Donald McAlpine (Mary) and Dorothea McAlpine; grandchildren, Amelia Seraphia Derr (Steve Stapleton), Megan Osterlund (Jon), David McAlpine (Brooke), Allie Swartzer (Chris), and Michaela McAlpine; and great-grandchildren, Rowan, Jessie, Aubrey, Ainsley, Elsie, Paisley, Brooklyn, Tyler, Emma, Jackson, and Ava. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents, John and Agnes Nyquist; brothers, John, Bob, and Tom Nyquist; and grandson, Aaron.

A memorial is scheduled for Feb. 9 at the Milaca Evangelical Free Church, Milaca, Minn. Family will receive visitors from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with service at 1:30 p.m. and a reception following. Interment will be at Forest Hills Cemetery.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the caring staff at The Homestead, Bellemoor Memory Support, as well as Mayo Homebound Palliative Care and Mayo Hospice. Donations in Katherine’s honor may be made to the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.