Catherine "Kay"Bickel

  • Funeral Date: 6/02/17
  • Funeral Time: 1 PM
  • Date of Birth: 4/28/22
  • Date of Death: 5/19/17
  • Funeral Location: Northfield Retirement Community Chapel

Catherine “Kay” Bickel, age 95, of Northfield, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at Evergreen Lodge of Northfield Retirement Community.

Catherine was born April 28, 1922, in Devils Lake, North Dakota, the daughter of Charles and Sadie (Aynsley) DeWolfe. At a young age, she moved with her family to Northfield and graduated from Northfield High School. Catherine met Roy Bickel at a party and Roy said, “it was love at first sight.” Shortly after their meeting they were united in marriage on October 3, 1942. Catherine worked as an at home mom, raising their four children and helping Roy on the farm near Dennison. In 1964, the couple moved to Northfield. Catherine worked at the Montessori in Northfield where she would rock the infants in a chair. Many children she cared for recognized Catherine in later years. Roy passed away December 26, 2000.

Catherine was very active in the Northfield Moravian Church. Roy and Catherine traveled to all 50 states and wintered in Englewood, Florida for 17 years. She was excellent at baking and made some of the best ginger snap as well as chocolate chip cookies. She enjoyed gardening, taking long walks, stitchery and spending time with family.

She is survived by her children Paul (Judy) of Victoria, Susan (Bill) Pence of Barnes, WI, Theresa (Lonnie) Thomas of Fort Ripley, David (Roberta) of Lagunitas, CA, six grandchildren Debbie Leuning, Stephanie Smoley, Andrea Hansen, Tyler Thomas, Nathan Thomas and Brittany Bickel. Catherine is also survived by ten great grandchildren Gabe, Luke, Madison, Aiden, Aynsley, Carter, Ravenna, Henry, Amelia and Simon. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and siblings Margaret Lenning, Evelyn DeWolfe, Georgia Fitzpatrick, Charles DeWolfe, Robert DeWolfe, Harold DeWolfe, Donald DeWolfe and Doris Hawkinson.

Services for Catherine will be at Northfield Retirement Community Chapel on Friday, June 2, 2017, at 1 PM. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the chapel. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery in Northfield. Memorials are preferred to Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library at 388 SE 6th Ave, Faribault, MN 55021. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home.


  1. Vicki Gleason

    We are saddened to hear of Gramma Kay’s passing. We were her next door neighbors on Fareway Drive and our girls LOVED visiting her (and coming home with a cookie!) We have such fond memories of her and Bapa Boy (Roy)! She was one special lady!

  2. Jim Schedin

    I am saddened to hear of my Great Aunt’s passing. I always enjoyed speaking with her at the annual DeWolfe Family Reunions in Northfield. She was such a sweet lady and always greeted you with a smile. Roy has been waiting a long time and they are finally back together.

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