Katheryn Merrelyn 'Kitty' Nyquist


Posted: Sunday, February 20, 2005

Longtime Carlton, Minn., resident Katheryn Merrelyn "Kitty" Nyquist died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. She was 77.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 31, in Bethesda Lutheran Church in Carlton. Interment will take place at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Tower, Minn.

Mrs. Nyquist was born Nov. 24, 1927, in Ulen, Minn., to Ralph and Ethel (Crocker) Duddles. A 1945 graduate of Battle Lake High School, she earned her teaching certificate from St. Cloud Teacher's College in 1947. She taught in Excelsior, Minn., and swam in the Minneapolis Aqua Follies. At the age of 21 she traveled to Europe, where she taught at an American overseas school in Rome and explored Europe on a bicycle.

She married Edwin Nyquist on May 6, 1956. Upon her husband's retirement from the Soudan Underground Mine, the family relocated to Carlton, where she retired early on disability, while the family ran Olsen's Motel until 1977.

Mrs. Nyquist taught in Upsala, South St. Paul, Minnetonka, Tower and South Terrace Elementary in Carlton.

She enjoyed socializing with friends and family.

"One of her most beloved places was the family cabin on Eagle's Nest Lake. Her joy in life was her relationships with people. She loved traveling, knitting, making her surroundings comfortable and attending church in whatever community she was visiting. Kitty was always ready to share a story and made friends wherever she went. She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren grow and following their lives. As her health concerns grew, Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton became her new family and home. Kitty is loved by many and is greatly missed," her family said.

Mrs. Nyquist was preceded in death by her first husband, Edwin Nyquist, in 1988; second husband, "Barney" Anderson, in 2000; and brother, Dr. Ralph Thomas Duddles.

She is survived by her brother, David (Beth) Duddles; sons, Ralph (Debra) Nyquist of Grand Rapids, Minn., Bradford (Deborah) Nyquist of Kenai, Jered Nyquist of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Grant Nyquist of Chandler, Ariz.; stepson, Clyde (Norma) Nyquist of Park City, Ill.; grandchildren, Benjamin, Mark, April, Anders, Kirsten, Zackary, Timothy (Renee), Daniel and Scott (Karlene); AFS grandson, Jorge Castiblanco; great-grandchildren, Emily, Nathan, Noah, Daniel, Kathy, Kimberly, Sarah, Scott Jr. and Daniel Jr.; and a great-great-grandchild, Annalisa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton, Carlton Education Foundation or Bethesda Lutheran Church c/o Northland Funeral Home. In keeping with Mrs. Nyquist's love of the outdoors and planning for the future, one might plant a tree in her memory.

Arrangements were made by Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet, Minn.

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