In loving memory of

Katherine J. Ziemer
September 24, 1943 - September 6, 2020

Katherine J. Ziemer, 76, of Rochester, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Rochester Health Services East.
Kathy was born September 24, 1943 in Lewiston, MN to Ralph and Luella (Dorn) Luehmann. She attended grade school at St. John's Lutheran in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School. On November 24, 1962, Kathy married Kenneth Ziemer at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lewiston. Kathy went to work for Mayo Clinic as a cashier and insurance collector, retiring after 20 years of service. Kathy was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and Resurrection Lutheran Church in Rochester. She was a patient, thoughtful and understanding woman. Kathy enjoyed reading, crocheting, scrapbooking, and taking road trips. Kathy also enjoyed playing solitaire and sudoku but above all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Kenneth; sons, Matthew (Renee) of Dover, Eric (LuAnn) of Pine Island, Owen (Kimberley) of Eyota; grandchildren, James (Jennifer), Joel, Kelly (Tyler), Adam, Alec, Valorie and Luke; great-grandson, Owen and brothers, Lyle (Ruth) Luehmann and Gerald (Mary) Luehmann. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Luella.
A funeral service to celebrate Kathy's life will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 4520 19th Ave. NW, Rochester with Rev. Joseph Koelpin officiating. Visitation will be held 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, September 11, 2020 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice or to Resurrection Lutheran Church in memory of Kathy. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Ziemer family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit


Donna Capuzzi wrote on Sep 13, 2020:

"My sincere sympathy to the Ziemer family. Kathy was a very special person. I had the pleasure of working with Kathy at Rochester Methodist Hospital in the 90's and thoroughly enjoyed her. I remember her making cucumber sandwiches for our work treat days. I have this recipe and think of her every time I bring then to a treat day or gathering. She always treated me with such sincere respect. She was always a very special person. She also crocheted an item for me as a gift which was very special to me. Take care."

Karen Holets-Peck wrote on Sep 12, 2020:

"Sincere sympathy to the Ziemer family on your loss. May your many memories give you peace. Karen Holets-Peck"

Fred and Marilyn Crossfield wrote on Sep 11, 2020:

"Our sincere sympathy to the family May the Lord be with you all during this difficult time and always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. from Fred and Marilyn Crossfield"

Inez Ziemer wrote on Sep 10, 2020:

"Kenny and family, We are so sad to hear of Kathy's passing. We are keeping you close in thought and prayer during this difficult time. Inez Ziemer Family (Charles)"

Mark Bauman wrote on Sep 9, 2020:

"I am so sad to hear of Kathy's passing. She will be dearly missed at Resurrection Lutheran. My condolences and prayers for you all. Sincerely, Mark L. Bauman"

Ronn and Esther Heath wrote on Sep 9, 2020:

"Wonderful neighbor and friend- we will miss her. Their 58 years of marriage was a wonderful example of God's love to us. "

jill Hanson wrote on Sep 8, 2020:

"Thank you Kathy for all your friendship over the 23 years I have lived next door. You and Ken always looked out for me and I did the same for you. Thank you for sharing some of your recipes with me. I will miss you. Much love and sympathy to the family."

Mary Jane Hass wrote on Sep 8, 2020:

"Dear Ken and family, Kathy was my front desk backup at Seasons Hospice for a long time, and was one of my all time favorite people. I am so sorry to hear of her death. May she rest in peace. Mary Jane Hass"