Kathryn Leeanne Bader

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August 17, 1954 ~ January 26, 2022

We give thanks and praise to our Lord for the life of Kathryn Leeanne Bader. Kathryn, 67, Sioux Falls, and formerly Brandon, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at her home.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 31, 2022, from 5-7 pm at Heartland Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 11:00 am at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, SD. Interment will take place at Hills of Rest, Sioux Falls, SD.

Kathryn Leeanne Bader was born to Edwin and Marcella Mary (Jorgenson) Bader on August 17, 1954, in Sioux Falls, SD. She grew up with four sisters and one brother, Daniel, Rosemary, David, Dannelle, Daina, and Dawn. Kathryn attended Lincoln High School and furthered her education at Nettleton Community College. Kathryn met the love of her life, Larry, and together they made a blended family. She held some interesting jobs, but the job she held most to her heart was being a mom, grandma, and great-grandma. Kathryn enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren so very much while she babysat them. She would take them for walks and enjoy the sunshine. She would always get them out of their groundings. Kathryn would sit and watch Law and Order SVU and Walker Texas Ranger while eating Nutty Bars and drinking Diet Coke. She would sit and crochet for hours, making squares so she could sew them together and make quilts for her family. Kathryn and Larry enjoyed taking long drives in the country and getting lost in the sunshine and the oldies.

Kathryn fought a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Kathryn is survived by the love of her life, Larry Soldatke, Sioux Falls; one daughter, Melissa (Jerry) Shrieves, Sioux Falls; two bonus sons, Steven (Jill) Soldatke, Lincoln, NE, and Ryan Soldatke, Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren, Brianna Bader, and her fiancée, Jeffrey James, Tony (Ciara) Shrieves, Deitrich Shrieves, and his fiancée, Taylin Leone, Chrystian Shrieves, Megan Soldatke, Micah Soldatke, Mason Soldatke, Max Soldatke, and Lisa Soldatke; and five great-grandchildren, Mason Deshazo, Tabitha Deshazo, Phoenix Bader, Zachariah Shrieves, and Kingston Shrieves; and two special nonbiological daughters, Dora Hymans and Tina Keagle.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Marcella Mary Bader; her brother, Daniel Bader; sister, Rosemary Thill, and niece, Jessica Bader.

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