January 25, 1937 ~ March 4, 2019

Born in: Tony, Wisconsin
Resided in: Littleton, Colorado

Kathryn M. ‘Kathy’ Akerlund Ed.D., age 82, resident of Littleton, CO., passed away on March 4, 2019. She was born January 25, 1937 in Tony, Wisconsin to Beatrice and Cornelius VanDoorn.  Kathy was a devoted wife of 57 years to her beloved husband, Edward T. ‘Ted’ Akerlund.  Ted preceded her in death August 28, 2015.

Kathy attained her Doctorate in Education from George Washington University.  She worked for the Colorado Department of Human Services as Director of Prevention in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.  She also served with the National Prevention Network for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.  She worked as a docent for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington DC, and the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.  She was also a high school counselor.

Kathy is survived by her loving family: son, Jim Akerlund; daughters, Carol (John) Rapp and Sue (John) Culton; grandchildren, Jace Akerlund, Jeremy Rapp, Natalie Rapp, Eryn Culton and Hans Culton; and  siblings, Bill VanDoorn, Jim VanDoorn, Diane Minard, and Cork VanDoorn. She was preceded in death by siblings, Rich VanDoorn and Connie Riel.

A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held Thursday March 28, 2019 at 10 am at the Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 5303 East County Line Road, Centennial, CO  80122.

Kathy will be laid to rest with her husband at 1 pm on Thursday, March 28th, at Fort Logan National Cemetery (Area “A”), 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver.

Memorial donations may be made in Kathy’s memory to the American Heart Association, 1777 S. Harrison Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO  80210

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Memorial Service: March 28, 2019 10:00 am

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

Room: Chapel

Reception: March 28, 2019 11:00 am

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

Room: Reception Center

Inurnment: March 28, 2019 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 761-0117

Room: Area 'A'

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Kathryn 'Kathy' Mary Akerlund's name.

American Heart Association

1777 S. Harrison Street, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80210

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  1. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Kathy. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3

  2. I was sorry to hear about Kathy’s passing, but know that her last years were difficult. I actually grew up in Ladysmith, WI, and my parents and Kathy’s parents were good friends. Your mom was so active in 4H, and so talented. My mother used to tell me to pattern myself after Katy (as she was known when we were growing up).

    She was 5 years older than me, so after graduation I hadn’t seen her until 1990. That year we had a meeting of a local arrangements team planning for a conference in 1991 in Denver. I was on staff and leading that meeting. Your mom had such great ideas for the conference. Afterward when we were talking we discovered that we knew each other from childhood. From then on for the next 2 years we had a lot of contact with each other.

    Blessings on all of you as you remember your remarkable mother and dad. By the way, my husband and I did see the photography museum about your grandfather Ackerlund in Cokato, MN. May God be close to you.

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