Katherine J. Dahlberg

Katherine Joan Dahlberg, surrounded by family and friends, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

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.

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Betty Jo Nelson
June 28, 2011 at 12:07 am

I am so sorry for your loss. Kathi was such a great person and will be missed by many.

Carolyn Geyer
June 28, 2011 at 7:48 am

Her smile and her laugh will be missed by many. She always had a kind word whenever she would see me. Heaven was made brighter when they gained Kathi.

Mary Jo (Kirby) Winchester
June 28, 2011 at 8:03 am

My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.

Anita Long
June 28, 2011 at 8:39 am

Jerry,Josh,Jess & Charlee: Thoughts and prayers to your whole family and Kathi will be missed by all. She was a awesome and special person!! That smile & laugh will be missed by many and her very caring ways.

Andrea Yakliln
June 28, 2011 at 8:53 am

I am so sorry for your loss.

Patrice R. Gray
June 28, 2011 at 9:08 am

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I have worked with Kathi for the past year and it was always a pleasure to work with her. Her genuine encouragement and appreciation for other people really made her an amazing person to not only just work with, but also to just know. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this time. May God bless you.

Shaohui Zhai
June 28, 2011 at 10:47 am

I shared an office with Kathi for a short time at MPHI. What I will remember Kathi most is that she looked at the world with an open mind, and encouraged others to do so too. She said that, to be open minded, one had to keep learning, keep improving. Kathi was such a positive person with a youthful heart. I am saddened beyound words, but I am also glad that I met her. I will miss her very much and remember her always.

Heather "Sunny"
June 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Love you Mom <3

Joni Newell
June 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I am so sorry. We have all lost a wonderful & dear friend. Nothing will have the same joy since the passing of this special woman. All my love to the entire family.

June 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm


Penny Fischer
June 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I have only known Kathi for a few years as she made our church so bright and filled with laughter, food, and friendship. My heart goes out to Jerry, Josh, Jess and Charlee. I still see the way Charlee would look at her grandma when she came to church with such love in her eyes. I know that Kathi is with God in heaven and such a beautiful angel she will make. Her gifts will be missed but her loving ways will be cherished by all. My prayers to all who will miss her in this world. God bless you Kathi and your family.

Michelle Burkhardt
June 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the Dahlberg family.

Lisa Ondrus
June 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. We love Kathi and the family sooo much. Lots of great memories. What a great and caring person Kathi is/was. She will be very deeply missed and always live on in our memories. Love, Kevin, Lisa, Brooke, and Conner

Jenniffer Efaw
June 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Kathi you have touched the lives of many including myself. As a young nurse starting out at Sparrow some 20 years ago, you gave me guidance, support, and most importantly friendship. RIP my friend. May God give your family peace.

Vicki Ortwine
June 29, 2011 at 5:07 am

My condolences to the family of Kathi Dahlberg, she was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. I worked with her at Memorial Health Care and will cherish all the memories I have of her. R.I.P my dear friend..

Jerri Hudson
June 29, 2011 at 6:16 am

Jerry and family. We are so sorry for your loss. I am a richer person for having known Kathi. She has impacted so many lives through her caring, knowledge and humor. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Nancy Benning
June 29, 2011 at 7:11 am

My condolences to Kathi’s family. Kathi hired me at Memorial, I am still grateful for the opportunity she gave me and the kind heart that encouraged me.

Carrie Miller
June 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Everyone Kathi has worked with here at MPHI is shocked and saddened by her passing. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to Jerry and all of her family and friends. Kathi was truly special and a ray of sunshine in all our lives.

Dianne & Art Damiano
June 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

As a sister-in-law, Kathi enriched the Dahlberg family with her caring and humor… and her chocolate chip cookies. She was devoted to her family. We are shocked and saddened by her sudden passing. We pray that the peace of our Lord Jesus will sustain the family.

June 30, 2011 at 5:43 am

Jerry and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Kathi was one of my all time favorite managers and has been greatly missed at Memorial. I have especially missed that great big smile with all that “cheek”. I will be out of town next week but Jerry please know that you and your family are in my thoughts.

Paula Hoten
June 30, 2011 at 9:00 am

I have not known the Dahlberg family long, but I do know they are a great family. Kathi always made me feel welcome in her home and conversation. She always greeted with her warm beautiful smile. She was loved and adored by everyone she has met. I am blessed I got to know Kathy and her wonderful family. I am so sad to hear about her passing. My heart goes out to Jerry and his family. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Clatterbaugh Family
June 30, 2011 at 9:37 am

We were so sorry for your loss. Love to the whole family.

Lynne Reich
June 30, 2011 at 10:28 am

Kathy was there for me when my husband died and she was wonderful. Just remember time will heal and the memories will always be there to remind you of the wonderful person she was. It is so hard to lose someone you love cherish the time you had with her and remind that loving granddaughter everyday the love she had for her. Love to the whole family and may God be with you.

Sue Bassett
June 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Jerry and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I worked with Kathy on Peds at Sparrow and she was so much fun to work with. A day did not go by without her jokes. It was worth coming to work just to work with her. I was so shocked when I heard about her passing. I also work in the ER at Sparrow and I worked Sunday night. I wish I could have had a chance to say goodbye to a good
friend. I have such good memories of Kathy. Everyone loved her and will miss her tremendously. My thoughts and prayers and with you and your family. God bless.

Gabrielle B Haskins
June 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

kathy you just left to early …I had the great pleasure of being your teacher for this HIT certification program and I was so impressed with both your talents and personality that I recommended you at LCC! in both cases you were just great! my best student and most of all a friend, listening and caring always… I will miss you for a long time… I sure hope everything is woderful for you wherever you are.. and my heart goes to your family who I can only image are trying to cope the best they can…take care and may the angels carry you on their wings look after us we still need you !!

Julie Horton
July 5, 2011 at 11:29 am

One of the most wonderful people i had the pleasure of knowing. She was one of the 1st people to become my friend when i moved to Owosso 25 yrs ago. She was an inspiration to everyone she met, and i never met anyone with such a contagious smile and great laugh. She was my friend, i loved her very much and she will be greatly missed by my whole family. Much love to Jerry, Josh, Jess and little Charlee.

Krysten Rosendall
July 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Kathy’s smile and morning greeting was one of the first I saw each mornings at MPHI and I will truly miss her. She always had a kind word and a smile. My thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time. Please know her spirit made a difference daily and will continue to do so.

Jamie Clark
July 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I went to school with Kathi and send heartfelt condolences to her entire family and friends. So very sorry for your loss.

Fordney P. Bud Volkmer
July 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Jerry and Family, My deepest sympathy to you on your loss. May God grant you peace in this time of sorrow. Bud

Donna Larson
July 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

Kathi was a wonderful and friendly person. I did not know her for a long time but the little time I had with her was filled with awe and deep respect.
We bought our wonderful Stonewall from her (English bulldog) and are so grateful for her letting us have him.Thoughts of her will live on from all of the visits we made to her home to see Stonewall. Her hospitality was awesome as we took time from her day off. It is unbelievable that she could be taken so early. Peace and blessings to her family.

William Ramsey
July 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Kathi. She was a wonderful member of St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church and her loss is deeply felt.


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