Photo: Kathryn Mary Arnstrom of Gardner / 1963-2019

Kathryn Mary Arnstrom

Age 56 of Gardner, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, July 20, 2019 at her home.

Born January 11, 1963 in Joliet, Illinois, Kathryn is a daughter of Ray Allen Hargis of Gardner and the late Diane Grace (nee Weeks) Hargis. She was raised in Gardner, where she attended grade school, and went on to graduate from Dwight Baptist Academy with the Class of 1981. Following high school, Kathryn continued her education at Hyles Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana, where she earned her teaching degree. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Dwight, and worked as a caregiver for the developmentally disabled prior to becoming diagnosed with cancer. Kathryn was a woman of strong faith, who loved her pets, especially her cats, and always put her family first.

Survivors include her father Ray; husband, Gus, whom she married September 4, 1999 in Las Vegas, Nevada; two sisters: Rae Ann Cotton of Braidwood and Lydia (Jon) Johnson of Gardner; one niece, Miranda Warren; two nephews: Allen (Dawn) Cotton and Matthew Cotton; two great nieces, RyLynn and Ericca Warren and two great nephews, Dillan Warren and Noah Cotton, as well as three aunts and two uncles.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her grandparents; first husband, Steve Ambrose; second husband, Larry Walter; her mother, Diane Hargis on January 20, 2016; brother-in-law, Eric Cotton; one aunt and four uncles.

The family will receive friends for a visitation at Reeves Funeral Home, 203 Liberty Street in Gardner on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of funeral service 1:00 p.m. Pastor Daniel Woodward from First Baptist Church of Dwight will officiate.

Burial will follow in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery and pallbearers will be: Allen Cotton, Matthew Cotton, Jon Johnson, David Martin, Kevin Chairo, Dave Meyers, Donovan Smart and Tristen Smart.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Kathryn’s memory to her family for their distribution.

Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Kathryn’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com/notices/Kathryn-Arnstrom

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Gardner. (815-237-2526)