Kerry’s Minnesota Obituary

I have to say that no matter how many times I write this or tell people, I still just cannot believe that I am typing the words Kerry’s obituary. I still feel as if Kerry is watching me, and I’m mindful to do what I think he would approve of.

I have found another obituary of Kerry:

Kerry, smiling (as always!) in blue.

Kerry Joseph Kack

Kerry Joseph Kack, age 38, of San Francisco, Calif., formerly of St. Leo, passed away unexpectedly due to heart failure on Sept. 13, 2005 in San Francisco.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Leo Catholic Church in St. Leo with Father Tony Hesse officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Wake Service with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. at the Birk Funeral Home in Canby.

There will be a private burial with family at the St. Leo Cemetery at a later date.

Kerry Joseph Kack was born May 16, 1967, to Alvin and Irma (Bauler) Kack in Canby. He was baptized, received his First Holy Communion and confirmed at St. Leo Catholic Church. He attended Canby High School, graduating in 1985 with honors. While in high school, he was active in a number of activities and was a senior valedictorian. He earned a bachelor of science degree in art literature from St. Cloud State University in 1990 graduating Magna Cum Laude and with many honors. He was then a substitute teacher for the St. Cloud School District.

In 1991, he moved to Tokyo, Japan and worked as an English teacher at Lado International College for three years. In 1994, he moved to San Francisco, where he remained until his death. He taught at Effectiveness Training then went to the San Francisco Institute of English for six years teaching English. He took a break from teaching and worked at, Ixia Flower Shop and The Other Shop ­ a consignment store. In 2002, he went back to teaching English full time at Test Magic, where he was currently employed at the time of his death.

Throughout his teaching career, he was very dedicated to his students, showing them much patience and gentleness. Being very talented, he had a love for art and music of all kinds. He spent time with his nieces and nephews, coloring and drawing cartoons for them and also for his friends. He painted the farm scene mural at the former site of the Canby Print Shop. He also had a billboard design used for Minnesota billboards in late 1985 ­ early 1986 promoting seatbelt use.

He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially his nieces and nephews. He never realized how he always managed to touch the hearts of anyone he met and always left them with a smile. He will be so very much missed by many people.

Kack is survived by his siblings; Kevin (Beth) Kack of Russell; Peggy Plageman of Dawson; Pam Philipp of St. Leo; his nieces and nephews: Kyle Kack, Justin Plageman, Jaimie Plageman, Jonas Philipp, Jared Philipp, and Julia Philipp; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin (2003), and Irma (1993); his brother, Kenny (1985); and niece Kassie Kack (1994).

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