Kristin P. Oehlke
September 28, 1959 – July 19, 2018
Age 58, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Preceded in death by parents, Wendell and Elin Peterson. Kristin is survived by husband, Paul; siblings, Daniel Harlov and Micah Ingrid Asher.
Family will hold a private service immediately, followed by a Celebration of Life with details to come at a later date.
Memorials to Union Gospel Mission, Lutheran Social Services, Raptor Center of U of M or Second Harvest Heartland.
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Kristin P. Oehlke
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August 14, 2018
My favorite memory of Kris was right after 9/11. She was in DC doing some CDC business, unable to fly home. I lived on "the Hill" (Senate side), and I got to host Kris for a week, until she could get home to that other Paul once the planes were allowed to fly again. What a delightful week we had, exploring all sorts of fun restaurants while we attempted to process it all, as best we could.
August 13, 2018
I send my condolences to Kristin's family for their loss. I am a genetic counselor in the Twin Cities and met Kristin in 1996 when I returned to Minnesota and was looking for employment. She took time to meet with me for coffee and dinners, and her positive attitude and support meant so much to me as I looked for employment. I also had no idea how much meeting her would impact our family. On my first phone call with her, when she learned I had 3 young daughters, she asked if I wanted a kitten. I visited her apartment and came home with Zoe, a Siamese mix, who was being abused by one of Kristin's other cats (I believe the name of that cat was Cloe). Zoe was living behind the stove and inside a living room chair to avoid Cloe. Zoe found a loving home and lived to the age of 18; she was a beloved cat, especially by my daughter Molly, who even had a ceremony to marry Zoe, when she was young. I have not seen Kristin for many years and am saddened to have just learned about her death.
Denise (Anderson) Poetter
August 10, 2018
I met Kristin during high school. She was one of the most intelligent persons in my high school class if not THE MOST intelligent one! I was in awe of her knowledge of everything. We also were in German class together for many years. Even though we were not close friends in high school I was glad we became friends on Facebook and I was even able to attend one of her wonderful Christmas gatherings at her house. The world lost a wonderful person on July 19. My deepest condolences to you, Paul and to the extended family. I am sad I won't be able to attend her service in Sept. God received a wonderful angel and may she rest in peace. The world is a better place because she was in it. God bless you, Paul and keep you in his loving care as you mourn Kris's passing.
August 9, 2018
I worked with Kris at the MN Dept of Health for over 14 years in Family/Community Health, including newborn hearing screening. Wow, Kris was a brilliant geneticist as well as a kind and happy lady.
I remember when she was showing us her wedding pictures and I said..hey, those people (Paul’s sister Kathy, her husband and 2 kids)..they are my moms next door neighbors! Thus I would see Kris, Paul and their big dogs often at Kathy’s house. What a small world.
Of course I regret not visiting Kris when she was ill though I kept informed by her sister in law. Prayers to Paul and the families at their loss of a great woman. Rest In Peace Kris.
July 23, 2018
Kristin and I met through work--I was at the University of MN and she was at MDH. We were "coffee friends" who saw one another every 6 months or so over the past 15 or so years. .My life was better for having known her. She was smart and curious. She shared her knowledge with grace, never condescension. She was grateful about so many things in life, but especially about having met Paul. She and I often talked about his talents as a chef and the deep comfort he gave her at home (with the kitties) or on the road during their travels. I am glad that I had maybe 30 coffee dates/meals with Kris. She and I laughed a lot when we visited; there is no laughter more beautiful or genuine than hers. She told me stories about her youth, the farm, and her beloved family. My heart goes out to her family members as they grieve. And when I think of Paul I can only think that he gave this lovely person so much joy, so much laughter. The two of them made a true home together and that is a mighty thing. I hope Paul finds strength knowing how much he made Kris smile.
July 22, 2018
I would like to offer a tribute in honor of a wonderful friend and co-worker. I will always remember Kris for her incredible love of and devotion to Paul and her family. Kris was a very caring friend, had a wonderful smile and a melodic laugh. Kris and Paul were always so gracious and welcoming, the terrific patio parties and annual Christmas gatherings where it was fun to relax, enjoy each other's company and linger for a while.
I will also remember Kris for her brilliance as a geneticist - she was incredibly skilled as a speaker, taking a very technical topic and presenting the information in an interesting and very understandable way.
I have a very deep sense of loss for Paul, family and friends. Kris fought a valiant fight, remaining optimistic, and kept positive through her physical challenges. As a friend of mine put it - the world now has gained another angel. Paul and family members, may good memories and the support of family and friends surround you and comfort you at this time.