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Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

6601 South Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO

OBITUARY

Kathryn Marie Dragseth

November 24, 1983November 3, 2019
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Kathryn Marie (Kerswill) Dragseth was born November 24, 1983 in Denver. She was raised in Centennial, Colorado with a loving, large blended family. She graduated High School from Cherry Creek in 2002 and attended college at Luther in Decorah, Iowa. It was during her years at Luther that she met Kevin while working at Shores of St. Andrew Bible Camp in Minnesota. The year 2006 was a big year for Katie. In the spring, she graduated from Luther College with her degree in Elementary Education and ELA. Later that summer, she married Kevin in her home church of Bethany Lutheran. She also began her teaching career that fall at Village East Elementary, a place whose people and population she adored and cherished. She remained at Village East until the time of her death.

Katie lived life to the fullest. She made friends with everyone she came in contact with, even if she only knew them for five minutes. Her social circle was huge and she made time in her life for each and every person. She always thought of others first, even in the past few months when she had health struggles. To say she loved her Colorado Sports Teams would be an understatement. She could go head to head with any person in sports talk. Katie loved the outdoors, whether it be camping, on the lake, in the mountains, or sightseeing in a new city. Katie loved to travel and always had her eye on a destination. Some of her most memorable travel experiences were to Australia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and her yearly trips to Michigan, New Jersey, Minnesota, and anywhere there was water. Katie loved music and was involved with numerous choirs, bands, and bell choirs. She attended hundreds of concerts and she could always be heard listening to Dave Mathews, Guster, Zach Brown Band, and Blink 182.

Katie’s priority in life was her family and she would drive across town or the country at any time to be with them. She loved holidays and yearly celebrations which allowed her to relax with a Fat Tire or a glass of wine. During these celebrations she could also be heard bantering with others about sports or doing sports trivia. Her most accomplished and gifted trait was her time as a mother. She found Joy and Love in everything surrounding Addison, Andrew, and Isaac. Katie’s motto was “The kids don’t need things, but rather experiences together”. Katie made sure this motto was upheld by traveling with her kids, going all out for holidays, and providing memberships to all the Denver kid attractions. She never skipped a night of singing to her kids before bed, even if this meant she did it over the phone or through Facetime. Even in the past few months as Katie struggled with her health, her main priority was Kevin and the kids. Katie had a beautiful soul with a compassionate heart. Her absence on this physical earth will be life changing for all who knew her.

Katie is survived by her husband, Kevin; children Addison (9), Andrew (6), and Isaac (2); mother Tina (Tom) Vanderstel; father Phil (Trish) Kerswill; siblings Kevin (Caroline) Kerswill, Genevieve (Jim) Lamancusa, Emily Vanderstel, Nick Vanderstel, and Nic (Angelica) Wismann; Grandparents Mary Ellen Rodgers, Bill Vanderstel, and Patricia Ronald; nieces and nephews Amara, Quinn, Laine, Anders, Annika, Bryson, Bennett, Malia, Macy, Cooper, Hudson, and Becker; Mother-In-Law Marge Dragseth; and sister in laws Jenny (Erik) Odden, Kirsten (Matt) Karels, and Emily (Mark) Mueller; and her very best friend Maggie (Todd) Carlson. Katie was also loved and cherished by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, co-workers, and her Village East Community.

Katie is predeceased by grandparents Bob Tholen, Norman and Marjorie Kerswill; Bill Rodgers, Marlene Vanderstel, Father-in-Law Jerry Dragseth; Uncle Ted Tholen; Aunt Mary Craddock; Uncle Richard Lee Ronald Jr.

  • FAMILY

  • Kevin Dragseth, Husband
  • Addison Dragseth, Daughter
  • Andrew Dragseth, Son
  • Isaac Dragseth, Son
  • Tina (Tom) Vanderstel, Mother
  • Phil (Trish) Kerswill, Father
  • Kevin (Caroline) Kerswill, Brother
  • Genevieve (Jim) Lamancusa, Sister
  • Emily Vanderstel, Sister
  • Nick Vanderstel, Brother
  • Nic (Angelica) Wismann, Brother
  • Mary Ellen Rodgers, Grandmother
  • Bill Vanderstel, Grandfather
  • Patricia Ronald, Grandmother
  • Marge Dragseth, Mother-in-law
  • Jenny (Erik) Odden, Sister-in-law
  • Kirsten (Matt) Karels, Sister-in-law
  • Emily (Mark) Mueller, Sister-in-law
  • Maggie (Todd) Carlson, Friend
  • Bob Tholen, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Norman and Marjorie Kerswill, Grandparents (deceased)
  • Billl Rodgers, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Marlene Vanderstel, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Jerry Dragseth, Father-in-law (deceased)
  • Ted Tholen, Uncle (deceased)
  • Mary Craddock, Aunt (deceased)
  • Richard Lee Ronald Jr., Uncle (deceased)
  • Katie also leaves her nieces and nephews Amara, Quinn, Laine, Anders, Annika, Bryson, Bennett, Malia, Macy, Cooper, Hudson and Becker and many cherished aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, co-workers and her Village East Community.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Amara, Honorary
  • Quinn, Honorary
  • Laine, Honorary
  • Anders, Honorary
  • Annika, Honorary
  • Bryson, Honorary
  • Bennett, Honorary
  • Malia, Honorary
  • Macy, Honorary
  • Cooper, Honorary
  • Hudson, Honorary
  • Becker, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Luncheon Reception Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Reception Saturday, November 9, 2019

Memories

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Diane Roth

November 9, 2019

I met Katie when she was a toddler. She had that smiling face and lots of hair then, just like she did as an adult. I have played bridge with Katie’s mom for 30 some years and watched Katie grow into a joyful, caring, and compassionate individual. Her brother eulogized his sister as “a good person.” He is so right. Peace to all of Katie’s loved ones.

John Egland

November 8, 2019

I had the wonderful pleasure of working with Katie for one and a half years at Village East. She was always a beacon of light whenever we interacted. Whether it was watching her interact amazingly with students, providing me with words of encouragement as a budding educator, or just being someone to talk to, she always had a smile on her face and could find the light in a situation. Her hand will forever rest on that community and on my life, and for that I am eternally thankful.

Marsha Wenthold

November 8, 2019

I met Katie at Luther College when she was a student. She was one of our student workers in Human Resources. She was always there with a heart-warming smile, ready to help with any task I asked of her and did every task as if she was a full-time HR assistant! I remember her excitement and passion as she studied to become the best teacher ever. She brought joy and love wherever she went. I remember meeting Kevin for the first time and seeing Katie’s love for him. That love continued to grow and include their beautiful babies. My prayers and love to all of Katie’s family.

Bev/Dylan Tomenchok

November 7, 2019

Your smile and open heart! Wonder! Tops the list of one the best teachers

ANGELICA ESPINOSA

November 7, 2019

There are many good memories about Katie, but one in particular that will always stay in my heart and memory. When Amara was 26 days old, she needed a complicated surgery to buy a little bit of time for her liver. I was scared and worried about Amara not being baptized because we weren't sure she was going to make it, Kevin and Katie didn't think twice, and before her surgery they brought a pastor, Amara's nana had a beautiful dress for our girl. And Amara was baptized in a small but beautiful ceremony in her hospital room, while we were holding hands around her and Katie and Kevin as her Godparents. Then she went to her surgery, the first one of many. That moment was one of the most special moments in my entire life, because even though Nic and I were paralyzed with fear of losing our daughter, we felt surrounded by love. Katie and Kevin brought us peace and comfort in the worse moments.
And we will be eternally grateful for how much love, patience, and how involved they were through Amara's journey . We love you Katie & Kevin so much.
Rest in peace sweet Katie.

Brandy Hero Disashi And Destiny Mcclarnon -Lumumba - Kasongo

November 7, 2019

There are so many wonderful things my entire family could share about Katie (Mrs. Dragseth) .. I would just like to share a couple of things here about her .. she had the best smile and laugh it was the way her smile would go up her face into her eyes .. and they literally sparkled!! Truly.. that is something I keep saying.. and the other day when I was with my son and other students.. (Katie was my sons favorite teacher and she did so much for him.. as well as be a good supportive friend to this mom) the students were drawing/writing letters for Katies Beautiful Family and it touched my Heart.. to have other kids talk to me about her sparkling eyes and smile AND her HUGE Heart! and all the wonderful memories we made together.. also at the end of the year last year .. I was with her class on the last day we sat on the floor and talked .. she asked each kid to tell her something wonderful about themselves .. then she talked about all of her students.. she told the kids about how she had so many wonderful students over all these years .. even some who are grown now .. and that she wanted all of the kids to know that she would always be there for them.. that it wasnt just about a year.. and that if they ever needed help or her.. that she would be there.. it felt very special and beautiful.. and very True.. the same day this week that the kids wrote letters some kids talked about that day too.. and we all agreed that she will always be a Forever part of everyone that she cared about.. not for a day or year but always.. Thank you Katie for being a Great Teacher to our son and a Great Friend to our entire Family. Keeping Katies Entire Family in our daily prayers and wishing you comfort and care.

Jamie Snyder

November 6, 2019

What I remember best of Katie was her laugh! Her laugh was so contagious, she would light up the whole room. Our high school youth group at Bethany was a crazy bunch! We had so many laughs and adventures - those memories are some I will cherish forever. Katie also played a big part in me going to Luther. She was a year ahead of me and I stayed with her for my college visit when I was deciding where to go. She was there for me as a new freshman and throughout our time at Luther. My heart goes out to Kevin, her beautiful children, and her family and friends. Her laugh and light will be missed dearly.

Amanda Nelson

November 6, 2019

Katie was one of the first friends I made at Luther, in choir of course. We were not super close but I always felt so glad to know her. She was a genuine, kind and funny woman. She truly did bless all who knew her. My continued prayer to the entire family and all her friends.

Katie McCabe

November 6, 2019

I went to Luther with Katie. While we weren’t exceptionally close, she was one of those rare and wonderful people who made everyone she met feel like they WERE her best friend. She was kind and funny and easy to be around.
Katie, Kevin, and their beautiful kids have been on my mind all week. My heart is breaking for you all. I know from the posts of love and support that she will be remembered and will live on in all the people that love her.
Sending so much love to her family and friends.

Sydney Fausset

November 6, 2019

Mrs. Dragseth was my youngest daughter’s teacher when she was in 1st grade. I remember when we went to the Denver Zoo on a field trip and she was so sweet to give Harmony and another young girl some free tokens to ride the merry go round. They were thrilled! Harmony said, “She was very strict, but she was a good teacher.” I’m glad that we were able to keep in contact after we moved from Colorado. She will most certainly be missed by our little family. Soon there will be a time that the tears and pain of death will be a thing of the past.(Rev. 21:4) May the God of All Comfort, Jehovah, be with your family.
Sydney, Lyric and Harmony Fausset

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