Katherine worked all of her career as a nurse/administrator/educator. She received her RN from Hurley School of Nursing, her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Studies and Master’s Degree in Public Administration, both from Western Michigan University. She worked in Sparrow Hospital as the director of the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and at Memorial Healthcare Center (Owosso) in various roles. Most recently she worked with the Michigan Public Health institute as an Electronic Health Record Implementation Specialist and at Lansing Community College as an educator. Her final act of nursing was a donation of organs to the Michigan Gift of Life foundation, and the family finds comfort knowing that a piece of her lives on. As a Teacher, Nurse, Manager, Parishioner, Sister, Aunt, Mother, Grandmother, and Wife, Katherine filled many lives with love and happiness.
Katherine was survived by her sister Patricia (Charles) Byrd (Mancelona), brother Jim (Kathy) Sparks (Owosso), Husband of 31 years Jerry Dahlberg (Okemos), sons Joshua (Detroit) and Jess Dahlberg (Okemos), granddaughter Charlee Renea Dahlberg (Okemos), and a plethora of nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Kathi’s life is going to be held at St. Katherine’s Episcopal in Williamston, Michigan on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials for the care and education of her granddaughter, Charlee Dahlberg, may be sent to the funeral home or the church in care of Jess Dahlberg. The family is being served by Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.