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Kay L. Tempel

October 8, 1943 — December 17, 2023

Blue Earth

Kay L. Tempel, age 80, of Blue Earth, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM on Friday, December 22, 2023 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth. A time for visitation will be held from 5-7PM on Thursday at Patton Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will take place at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Kay Louise was born on October 8, 1943, in Winnebago to Robert and Eleanor (Knudtson) Durkee. She attended and graduated in 1962 from Blue Earth High School. Kay went on to attend Mankato State University, graduating with a major in Home Economics Education and a minor in Art. On April 1, 1967, Kay married Joseph W. Tempel at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winnebago. Kay taught for two years at Roseville Middle School while Joe finished his internship.  Joe and Kay returned to Blue Earth in 1970 to raise their family.

Kay was a member of SSPP Catholic Church in Blue Earth. She was active in various organizations including Mitchell Chautauqua Circle and PEO. 

Kay enjoyed reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.  She planned and looked forward to yearly vacations with her kids and grandchildren to gather, bond, and create memories.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Joseph; son, Daniel (Colleen) Tempel of Easton, PA; daughters, Anne (Mike) Johnson of Brooklyn Park, MN, and Susan (Aaron) Heil of Albertville, MN; 13 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; siblings, Ann Durkee and Steven Durkee.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Tempel; her parents, Robert and Eleanor Durkee; and her sister Mary Fay.

Memorial donations are preferred to UHD Hospice and St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center.

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Visitation

Thursday, December 21, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service

400 East 14th Street, Blue Earth, MN 56013

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Visitation

Friday, December 22, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church

214 S Holland St, Blue Earth, MN 56013

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Mass

Friday, December 22, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church

214 S Holland St, Blue Earth, MN 56013

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