OBITUARY

Kathy Solomon

July 1, 1945April 3, 2019
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Kathy was born on July 1, (year omitted per her request) the youngest of three children, to Roy and Florence Vegoe in Glenwood, Minnesota. Kathy passed away on April 3rd, 2019. In 1963 she graduated from Glenwood High School where she was Captain of the cheerleading squad her senior year. After a final summer at her home on Lake Minnewaska, Kathy moved to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, where she started work at The University of Minnesota and eventually became Assistant to the Director of the Department of Continuing Medical Education. In that role, she was responsible for planning and overseeing a number of courses and seminars each and every year for Physicians and Surgeons from around the world. At one conference she was asked by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, the Heart Transplant Pioneer, to come to South Africa to work for him. She declined. In 1975, Kathy met her Husband -to-be-, Neil, on a diving trip to Grand Caymen. They married in Glenwood, October 30, 1976. Kathy moved with Neil, first to Houston, Texas, and then on January 1977, to Memphis, where they have lived ever since. She was passionate about animal rescue, and especially loved pit bulls. She was one of the Founders of The Saviour Foundation Rescue Group. Kathy was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in June 2014. She had surgery and then rounds of chemotherapy. All was fine until the Summer of 2018, when her scan showed that the cancer cells had spread to her lungs. From the time of her diagnosis she became an ardent advocate to spread knowledge about Pancreatic Cancer, how to live with it and the need for more funding to find a cure for it. In addition to her husband, Kathy leaves behind her son David, her brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Sherrie Vegoe of Roseville, MN, her sister and brother-in-law, Gerry and Patricia Larson of Glenwood and several cousins. Not to be forgotten are the family furbabies, Boomer, and Lazy. The family thanks Dr. Kurt Tauer and his staff at West Cancer Center for the excellent care they gave Kathy during her Journey and to the Nurses and support staff at Methodist Hospice, who provided home care during her final few days. The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made either to the Puppy up foundation or to The Herb Kosten Foundation. There will be a Celebration of Kathy's life Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7 PM. Her family will receive guests from 5 PM until 7 PM at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119 Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralPoplar.com for the Solomon family.

  • FAMILY

  • Neil Solomon, Husband
  • David Solomon, Son
  • Donald and Sherrie Vegoe, Brother and Sister-in-law
  • Gerry and Patricia Larson, Sister and Brother-in-law
  • She leaves several cousins; not to be forgotten are the family furbabies, Boomer, and Lazy.
  • DONATIONS

  • the Puppy up foundation or to The Herb Kosten Foundation

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, April 9, 2019
REMEMBERING

Kathy Solomon

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Curt Anderson

April 8, 2019

Vivacious , caring high school classmate.

Steve Kettells

April 7, 2019

I have so many excellent memories of Kathy and her whole family as we grew together in Glenwood. Over the years we shared many conversations about her love of pit bulls and my negative feeling about them. She won the argument.

I am truly saddened to hear of her passing and hope that the passage of time will help ease the pain of grief.

Sincerely,

Steve Kettells from the class of '63

Jeannine Churchill

April 6, 2019

Kathy was a high school classmate in Glenwood MN. The first memory that comes to mind is riding on the band bus with the cheer leaders to a game some distance from Glenwood. Kathy entertained us with fun stories and songs that helped the miles pass quickly. Neil, David, and all of Kathy's loved ones, you have my sincere sympathy on your loss.

Robin Brainard

April 4, 2019

We met when we brought you a puppy, which you named Boomer!! From then on, I knew I had a new friend!! We spent a lot of time talking your cancer and puppies! We talked at length about God, Heaven, and what it takes to have eternal life!!! I am so happy to know I will see you again someday!!! I will find you someplace close to the Rainbow Bridge!!! Love you!!!!!

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Biography

Kathy was born on July 1, (year omitted per her request) the youngest of three children, to Roy and Florence Vegoe in Glenwood, Minnesota. Kathy passed away on April 3rd, 2019.
In 1963 she graduated from Glenwood High School where she was Captain of the cheerleading squad her senior year.
After a final summer at her home on Lake Minnewaska, Kathy moved to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, where she started work at The University of Minnesota and eventually became Assistant to the Director of the Department of Continuing Medical Education. In that role, she was responsible for planning and overseeing a number of courses and seminars each and every year for Physicians and Surgeons from around the world. At one conference she was asked by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, the Heart Transplant Pioneer, to come to South Africa to work for him. She declined.
In 1975, Kathy met her Husband -to-be-, Neil, on a diving trip to Grand Caymen. They married in Glenwood, October 30, 1976.
Kathy moved with Neil, first to Houston, Texas, and then on January 1977, to Memphis, where they have lived ever since.
She was passionate about animal rescue, and especially loved pit bulls. She was one of the Founders of The Saviour Foundation Rescue Group.
Kathy was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in June 2014. She had surgery and then rounds of chemotherapy. All was fine until the Summer of 2018, when her scan showed that the cancer cells had spread to her lungs.
From the time of her diagnosis she became an ardent advocate to spread knowledge about Pancreatic Cancer, how to live with it and the need for more funding to find a cure for it.
In addition to her husband, Kathy leaves behind her son David, her brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Sherrie Vegoe of Roseville, MN, her sister and brother-in-law, Gerry and Patricia Larson of Glenwood and several cousins. Not to be forgotten are the family furbabies, Boomer, and Lazy.
The family thanks Dr. Kurt Tauer and his staff at West Cancer Center for the excellent care they gave Kathy during her Journey and to the Nurses and support staff at Methodist Hospice, who provided home care during her final few days.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made either to the Puppy up foundation or to The Herb Kosten Foundation.
There will be a Celebration of Kathy's life Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7 PM. Her family will receive guests from 5 PM until 7 PM at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralPoplar.com for the Solomon family.