Cherry Blossoms

Kathleen "Kathy" Barnes

November 29, 1942 ~ October 2, 2020 (age 77)


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Kathleen (Kathy) Barnes, age 77, passed away peacefully on October 2, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 29, 1942 and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating from Central High School in 1961.  She met Larry and they were united in marriage on May 5, 1962 and made their home in Cottage Grove.  They started their own family, but her heart extended to meet the needs of 102 young babies in the foster care system.  She also operated a daycare out of their home for 73 children through the years and after retiring, served as a school bus assistant for special needs students.

Kathy enjoyed gardening and because she was such a social person, she brought life to every conversation. 

Kathy and Larry enjoyed traveling including amazing trips to Europe, as well as Orlando with the entire family.  She was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren and loved to spend as much time with them as she could.

She is preceded in death by her husband Larry; parents, Charles and Pauline; siblings Dolores and Wayne, mother and father-in-law, Harold and Florence Barnes.  Survived by her children Christie (Dan) Macaulay, Lisa (Pat) Wincentsen, and Patrick (Melissa) Barnes; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. 

Visitation to be held 9:30-10:30 am Friday, October 9, 2020 at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80th St S, Cottage Grove. Memorial service on 11 am Friday, October 9, 2020 at St. Rita's Catholic Church, 8694 80th St S, Cottage Grove. Interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Roseville.  Masks will be required at both inside events.

LIVESTREAM INFORMATION:  Kathy's service will be live streamed, starting at 11:00 am on Friday, October 9, 2020, and can be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of this page, and "CLICK PLAY" to begin.  Please leave a message of support on our Tribute Wall or complete the HeartStrings message form to let the family know you were able to watch the service

While maintaining social distancing guidelines, we are now able to accommodate gatherings while abiding to a 50% capacity at the facility. The use of face masks by attendees is required at indoor events, and we will continue taking the necessary steps to keep your families safe. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available on the obituary portion on our website. We also encourage you to view the video tribute once it becomes available or complete the HeartStrings online sympathy page with the link above.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kathleen "Kathy" Barnes, please visit our floral store.


October 9, 2020

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Kok Funeral Home - Cottage Grove
7676 - 80th Street S
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Memorial Mass
October 9, 2020

11:00 AM
The Church of St. Rita
8694 - 80th Street South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

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