Kathleen Westlund
1946 - 2020
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Kathleen Westlund

Born: June 7, 1946

Died: June 12, 2020

Kathleen (Kathie) Westlund joined her beloved husband Ernest (Ernie) Westlund, among the stars in the sky on Friday, June 12, 2020. She was born Kathleen Lusiak on June 7, 1946, in Buffalo, New York to Eugene Edward Lusiak (d.2004) and Myrtle Annetta (Minnick) Lusiak.

She is survived by her mother Annetta, brother Martin E. Lusiak, and two daughters, Jennifer Westlund & partner Paul Matthews, and Sarah Westlund & husband Alex Head. She has two beloved granddaughters, Juni Kathleen Head and Lucia Rose Head. Also three nieces and one nephew. Also one grand-dog Lila, two grand-horses Theo and Jade, and numerous grand-chickens.

Kathleen married her sweetheart Ernie after eloping on September 4, 1971. They were married for 47 beautiful years until Ernie's death in late August 2019. Their long-lasting love, generosity, patience, and devotion was an inspiration to their daughters and made for many happy memories as a family.

After moving to Antioch, IL her senior year of high school, she met many new friends, and perhaps most importantly, the man who would later become her husband. This tight-knit group of friends would last a lifetime, and we are ever-grateful for their love and kindness to our family over the years. Jerry Berke, Dan Hamelberg, and Rick Prosise... this means you!

Kathleen was a true renaissance woman and had many interests and hobbies throughout her life. Growing up in Chicago, she often told many stories about the adventures of living in the big city and especially about her special work with wolves and chimps at Lincoln Park Zoo and later, working with international students at Northern Illinois University before her first daughter was born. After marrying Ernie, her work turned to home-keeping and the renovation of their Victorian home in Genoa, IL to prepare it for family life. Kathie was an excellent cook, and lovingly made many comfort food favorites whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner. When it was time to move once again, the house Kathie and Ernie built for their family in Sycamore, IL had many elements designed by Kathie. She also single-handedly stained all the interior trim work and exterior siding. She enjoyed woodworking and carpentry, sewed many beautiful clothes and toys for her two daughters, and was skilled in embroidery, cross-stitch, and crochet. Later she turned her attention to paper art, designing and crafting dozens of beautiful hand-made embellished 3-D cards for every occasion. Kathie enjoyed keeping in touch with relatives near and far, as well as with friends from way back when. She and Ernie always went to their high school reunions. She was a lover of Christmas, books, crafting, family genealogy, cooking and home improvement shows, crossword puzzles, relaxing, camping (in the old days), and of course, pizza and beer (always together!) She was an ever-loving partner, mother, and grandmother. We will love her to the moon and back forever.

Celebration of life service will be private and at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathie's name to Meals-on-Wheels via Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb or to ElderCare Services of DeKalb are encouraged.


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Published in The MidWeek News on Jun. 19, 2020.
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June 24, 2020
Im so sorry for your loss, I worked with Kathie at the law office, she also helped with my wedding. Thinking of you.
Renee Amato
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June 22, 2020
I am very sorry for you loss. Kathy and Ern and I had many pizza slices amongst us over the years on their back porch. Your mom had the coolest laugh ever! My summer vacation wasn't complete until I would come back to Illinois from Ohio to hang out with them.
Barbara Paulson
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June 20, 2020
A beautiful and loving tribute. My deepest sympathies to you both...so very difficult to lose both mother and father in such a short time. I'll watch the night skies for two stars that brightly shine side by side.
Melinda Newtson
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June 20, 2020
She sounds like a beautiful person with a great love for everything in her life. Rest in peace beautiful lady.
Debbie Buck
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June 20, 2020
Such a sweet lady. Thank you for opening your home to me and my dogs.
Lisa Harders
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June 19, 2020
My deepest condolences for your loss and what a beautifully written tribute to a wonderful woman. I worked with Jen Westlund at BAI in Arizona and I immediately connected with her. Knowing how awesome Jen is, I knew the apple didnt fall from the tree. Kathleen sounded like a wonderful person with many accomplishments, adventures and very much loved. I will keep you all in my prayers and we love you Jen, Hugs my dear friend.
Veronica Conner (Vern)
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