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Kathryn Florence Shablow



Kathryn Shablow, 103, of Langdon, ND, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord, surrounded by family and friends, on July 29th, 2020, at the Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon, ND.

   Kathryn Florence was born September 18, 1916, in Marshall, MN, to the late George and Nelda (Courville) Marcotte. She was the youngest of twelve children. Along with her parents and 11 other siblings, they lived in Marshall until 1920, They resided in Dresden, ND, from 1920-1926. The family finally settled in Langdon, ND, in 1926 where her parents raised them on a dairy farm.  Kathryn graduated from St. Alphonsus High School with valedictorian honors in 1934. She worked at Boyd's Department store for 6 years and then for Pete Anthony Insurance Company for another 6 years. Kathryn’s last job was as the bookkeeper and office manager at the REA in Langdon for over 28 years, retiring in 1974. She was a devoted daughter who lived with and provided care for her parents until their deaths. 

   Kathryn and Frank Shablow were married by Father Dennis Shue on July 10, 1974, in Fargo, ND. They made their home in Langdon. As the wife of a State Senator and avid trap shooter, she accompanied him on many trips to Bismarck and shooting competitions all over the western United States. When Frank passed away on July 12, 1981, she remained living in their home on 12th Ave., near her good friends Della Crockett, Lola Throndset, and Edna Rose, a friend she knew almost her whole life. She moved to Wheatland in 2011 and then to Maple Manor Care Center in 2016. Kathryn appreciated and praised everyone on staff who cared for her at Maple Manor. They treated her like family and brought tremendous comfort to her in the remaining years of her life.

   When Kathryn married Frank, she also took on the role of the gracious step-mom and loved each of them as if they were her own: Russ and Irma Shablow of Austin, TX, John and Judy Shablow and family of Georgetown, TX; grandchildren: Debra (Wallace) Ousse of Frederick, MD, Brian (Denise) Shablow of Minneapolis, MN, Janette Shablow (world traveler), and Shawn Shablow(deceased); great-grandchildren: Jennifer Ousse Seye, Christopher Ousse, Bryanna Shablow, James Shablow, Cynthia Bustos-Santaella, and Shanon Shablow; and great-great-grandchildren: Alioune Seye, Saniyah Santaella and Daniel Santaella.  Already her close friend and confidant, Laurel Shablow, became even closer to her as her sister-in-law.

   Kathryn was a lifelong member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. She was a faithful member of the altar society and Catholic Daughters.  She was a member of the hospital auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed playing bridge and hosted many bridge parties with at least two different clubs.  In her younger days, she enjoyed bowling in the winter and golfing in the spring.  She loved to knit booties and crocheted wash cloths as gifts that are cherished by many family members and friends.  She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels.  She will be remembered for her sense of humor, her generosity, and her incredibly kind nature.

   She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, especially her niece, Rosemary Marcotte; nephew Tom Kram; and great-nephews Tom Kram and Pat Kram, who were able to be by her side during the end of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Frank; numerous nieces and nephews; and 11 siblings: Marie Savoie, Oscar, Ulysses, Charles, Beatrice Kram, Magdalene Fischer, Ralph, Anthony, Patrick, George Edward and Ronald Peter.

   Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon, ND. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon. Social distancing and masks are encouraged. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Langdon.

The church will be live-streaming the funeral mass through their website - www.stalphonsuslangdon.com .


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Kathryn was a very special lady and a dear friend of my Mom, Therese Charrier !
Kathryn and my Mom drove to Idaho to return my sons who had been visiting their Grandma, but also had my my brothers 2 children! What troopers!! There were many interesting tales about this trip!!!!
My sympathies to the family! So privileged to have known this special lady!

Rochelle Benoit Fitzsimonds Aug 11 2020 12:00 AM

Aunt Kathryn (aka Aunt tickle-tickle) - You and your joy will be missed. Give my mom a hug for me.....
May your memory be a blessing.....

Karen Nathan Aug 6 2020 12:00 AM

Great Aunt Kathryn was so very dear to me. Ill never forget the fun visits to her house in Langdon when Id come for visits in the summer as a kid, we looked forward to them so much. She was an absolute ray of light and Im so grateful to have had her in our lives. Our hearts are in Langdon this week, we wish we could be there. Hugs and love to all who will be there.
Michele, Ryan, Carter, Sam, and Avery Lewis
(Pat and Almas granddaughter, St Louis MO)

Michele Lewis Aug 5 2020 12:00 AM

Aunt Kathryn was a fixture in my childhood. We spent many Sundays visitingGrandma and Aunt Kathryn and I spent a few weeks in summers sitting with Grandma while Aunt Kathryn was at work. Hers was the first birthday card and the first Christmas card that I received every year.And it always had a page of news hand written! She had 35 nieces and nephews and she could bring you up to date on them and their families. She was a wise and loving person and knew more funny stories than anyone I know. Praying for comfort for all who are missing this wonderful lady.

Mary Marcotte Armstrong Aug 5 2020 12:00 AM

I have so many memories of this wonderful lady. Growing up, it was always so fun to visit Grandma and Aunt Kathryn. She had more funny stories than anyone that I know. My first birthday card and first Christmas card each year were always from her....with a hand written update. She and Frank were married the same year that I was. My dad, Pat, always used to say that you didnt have to worry about keeping up your side of the conversation with her... She was always an interested and interesting person and I suspect that is why she reached 103+. Love you, dear

Mary Marcotte Armstrong Aug 5 2020 12:00 AM

For a wonderful woman who bestowed her love and generosity upon her family and friends! Thank you for the many memories!. It has been an honor and a privilege to have known you.

Jon Marcotte Aug 4 2020 12:00 AM

Dearest Aunt Kathryn,
You were like a second mom to me when my mom passed away so young, Jodie and Jeff felt you were the grandmother Jodie never got to meet and Jeff only knew for 6 years. You were the one who took Jeff up to my mom's casket for him to say goodbye and I remember you telling me it was best you did and I will always be grateful for that. I remember the times we visited you in Langdon and the wonderful meals and especially the great talks, you were my source of history for the large family you were part of. I don't think anyone had a family like the Marcotte family, the kindness and love they all had and you are now the last one and I will so miss you but know you will now be able to join the rest in heaven. Please greet my dad (Ralph) and mom (Annette) for me and til we meet again. I will always love and cherish the memories......

Jeanette Marcotte Aug 4 2020 12:00 AM

Aunt Kathryn, I will always remember your Laugh & a lot of your jokes & your cupcakes. You never seemed to run out. Whenever I called or visited I always got an update on all of our relatives. We were so far away that we only saw you every other year and I was always eager to visit with you and Tom. My earliest memory of you was a quick trip to Langdon main street holding your hand and watching the end of World War Two parade celebration. I have you in my prayers always. Pat (Rick) & Millie Marcotte

Pat(Rick) Marcotte Aug 4 2020 12:00 AM

Farewell Aunt Kathryn. You were brought into this world to make everyone you met to feel special and you did it with Grace, Kindness & especially Humor. You did it so well that God kept you around for 103 years. Now He wants you home. Enjoy heaven, greet everyone up there for us, keep them smiling! We will miss you very much.

Duane & Renee Marcotte Aug 4 2020 12:00 AM

Farewell Aunt Kathryn. You were brought into this world to make everyone you met feel special and you did that with Grace, Kindness & especially Humor.You did it so well that God kept you around for 103 years. Now he wants you home. We will miss your smile, your humor, and most of all, you. Thanks for all the great memories. Now go and enjoy heaven, great everyone up there for us. Keep them smiling!

Duane & Renee Marcotte Aug 4 2020 12:00 AM

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