Kathleen (Brown) Bloomstrand


Kathleen (Kathy) Louise Bloomstrand (nee Brown), died peacefully in her home in Hoffman Estates, IL, on February 18, 2019.
Born June 17, 1946, to Jennie (McGinnis) and Chester Brown, Kathy grew up on her family's farm near Neoga, IL. Following graduation from Neoga High School (1964), she earned a bachelor's degree in education from MacMurray College and a master's degree from Eastern Illinois University. She devoted her career to teaching elementary students in District 15 Schools in Palatine, IL.
Kathy married James (Jim) Bloomstrand Dec. 27, 1987, and was devoted to him and their daughter, Sophia Bloomstrand of Porter Ranch, CA. Upon retirement, Kathy combined her loves for teaching and farm life by becoming a presenter for Cook County Farm Bureau's Agriculture in the Classroom.
Her life-long passion, however, was tennis. She was a fierce competitor while remaining gracious both on and off the court. Her greatest pride was helping her USTA 50+ team reach the national tournament in 2012. She continued to play doubles several times a week until her death.
She also was an active member and church trustee at First United Methodist Church in Palatine.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents. In addition to her husband and daughter she is survived by her brother, Donald (Alice) Brown of Palo Alto, CA, and her sister, Janice (Scott) Hill of Memphis, TN.
A service in celebration of Kathleen's life was held February 23, at First United Methodist Church in Palatine, IL. She was laid to rest in Neoga Cemetery on February 24.
Published on March 26, 2019
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