Of St. Paul October 9, 1959 – November 25, 2022 Beloved sister, aunt, niece. Kathleen Ellen Wyatt, age 63, died November 25, 2022 at the M Health Fairview U of MN Medical Center in Minneapolis. Known as a "fighter" Kathy worked incredibly hard to recover speech and movement after a hemorrhagic stroke in 2010. Medical staff loved working with her because of her positive attitude, determination and her signature "thumbs up".
Special thanks to the staff at Regions Hospital and Cancer Center and the Galtier and Richfield A Villa Centers for the care Kathy received. Kathy was born October 9, 1959 in St. Paul, MN to Florine Miller Wyatt and Gerald A. Wyatt. She is survived by sisters Angela (Kurt Kimber) Wyatt, Jennifer (Charlie) Vaughan, Karri (Greg) Schuck, Kandra (Jason) Foulcer; brothers Jonathan Wyatt, Clifford (Shari) Moore, Christopher Wyatt; step mother Karen Neumann and her other family, the Goldsmiths, especially Anne Goldsmith. She also is survived by aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, step mother Joy Bolin Moore Wyatt and sister Kelly Moore Gibson. A lifelong athlete, Kathy excelled early. She won a Minnesota state speed skating competition for her age group when she was about eleven. She participated in track, soccer and hockey at Mounds View High School, graduating in 1978. Her Lake Region team won the first ever state hockey tournament for girls and the team picture is displayed in the US Hockey Hall of Fame. Kathy studied physical and special education at North Dakota State University. Golf, skiing, curling, and fishing were enduring passions she continued in adaptive settings even after her stroke. An ardent Minnesota sports fan, Kathy faithfully followed her beloved Twins, Gophers and Vikings. Kathy embraced a varied work life. She was employed as a bridge tender for Union Pacific, often staffing the Robert Street bridge in St. Paul. With Northwest Airlines, she serviced, cleaned and de-iced aircraft in Minneapolis, Boston and Baltimore. Northwest co-workers nicknamed her Kit Kat, and it stuck. She also was employed by 3M setting up health care trade shows, working in product fulfillment and shipping, and handling rental car reservations, agreements and vehicle service. From 1988-1999, Kathy worked in the Twins and Vikings ticket offices. Kathy had an ability to connect with anyone, and always asked where they were from and what was their favorite sports team. People who knew her said she could make friends with a rock. Life's cheering section is a little smaller without Kit Kat. Memorials suggested to the Wilder Foundation or Courage Kenny Adaptive Ski and Snowboard.