Obituary: Kathy Lee Lahti


May 19, 2023

Kathy Lee Lahti was born on June 4, 1951, to Edward and Jennie (Korby) Klemovich in Cloquet. She grew up in Cloquet and graduated from Cloquet High School. Kathy worked at First National Bank, Diamond Brands and The Depot. She also worked for Upper Lakes Food for 20 years until retiring in 2018. Kathy enjoyed crafting, bowling and watching squirrels. She especially enjoyed sleepovers with her grandchildren, supporting them at their sporting events, and spending time with her family. Kathy passed away May 13, 2023, at the Cuyuna Regional

Medical Center in Crosby, at the age of 71.

Kathy is survived by her children, Jay (Cara) and Mark (Tara); grandchildren, Zachary (Amber), Ryan, Kyle, Ella and Cayden; former husband, Bruce Lahti; sisters, Pat and Marilyn; sister-in-law, Joanne Klemovich; and beloved cat, Mitty. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Tommy; brother, James Klemovich; and brothers-in-law, Terry Merfeld and Kim Jenkins.

A celebration of life for Kathy will be held 2-4 p.m. Friday, May 19 at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. To sign an online registry, please visit


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