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August 24, 1976 – Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Service Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, MN
Monday, March 10th, 2014
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Sunday, March 9th, 2014
4-8 P.M.

Edward Russell Kath, age 37, died March 5, 2014 in Buffalo, surrounded by his family after a year-long battle with cancer.

He was born in Buffalo, Minnesota on August 24, 1976 to Jim and Mary Ann Kath. His youth was spent playing with his seven siblings, fishing with his dad, and playing several sports. Eddy graduated from Buffalo High School in 1994 where he was captain of the wrestling team.

No matter the job he held or city in which he resided, Ed influenced those around him with his positivity and easygoing attitude. He touched the lives of children at Kid’s Haven Childcare in Buffalo and Here Comes the Sun Childcare in Hermantown. Eddy was the favorite bartender to patrons in Buffalo, Annandale, South Haven, and most recently, Grandma’s Restaurant in Duluth.

Ed loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, and spending time with his many friends. Above all, Ed adored his son, Ahnyx. He was never happier than when they were together and loved him more than anything in the world.

Ed is survived by his son Ahnyx and his mother Alysia Tessling; parents Jim and Mary Ann Kath; siblings Mike (Melody), Vicky, Nick (Wanda), Shelly (Joe) Wright, Susie (Keith) Lommel, Jim (Sarah), and Rusty (Angie); many nephews, nieces, and cousins; and countless friends including Darren and Abby Tazelaar who graciously opened their home to Ed in his final weeks, and Rita Karypis who was by his side for much of his final journey.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Edward and Anna Kath; and Russell and Maxine Leraas.

Mass of Christian Burial for Edward Kath was held on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.

Visitation was held on Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 4-8 PM at the church. A prayer service was held at 7:00 PM.

Interment at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Buffalo, MN

Casket Bearers were Mike Kath, Jim Kath, Rusty Kath, Ahnyx Kath, Darren Tazelaar, Joe Wright and Keith Lommel.

16 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jane & Red Dorn

    We were so sad to hear of Ed’s passing. You have our most heartfelt sympathy. He was so young and so brave.
    With love, Jane & Red

  2. Deb and John Johnson

    We will certainly miss Eddy. Such a kind and gentle young man. Our thoughts are with his family and all his devoted friends.

  3. Kent and Amy

    May your memories and faith hold you through this difficult time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Stacy & Terry Bursch

    We will forever be grateful for the memories we have of Eddy. Please accept our deepest sympathy during this time of sorrow.

  5. Katie Paripovich Niemeyer

    It’s surreal. I can’t believe this vibrant man who was just here is no longer with us! He was JUST HERE! Now he’s happy and thriving in Heaven, dancing with those we all love and will once again see. You are so missed Eddy–my kids and I still wear your bracelets. We love you!

  6. Kim Stemig

    My thoughts and deepest prayers to Eddie’s family. It has been a few years since I worked with Eddie but he always made the night fun. Will miss him.

  7. Lee Johnson and Teri Sanders

    Our deepest sympathies to the Kath family during this time of loss. Honored to have shared many great times with Eddy over the years. He was a good friend that will be deeply missed in our household.

  8. daniel & betty minnick

    Ed; you put up a good hard fight and now you are in God’s hands where there will be no sorrow, suffering or pain but peace and joy with the Father. God Bless.

  9. Rachel Zahnow

    Eddy will be terribly missed. He was loved by all and will be cherished in our memories forever. My condolences to your family.

  10. C. LeRoy Erickson & Laurie Raymond

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers!

  11. Beth Husom

    So sorry for everyone who won’t be blessed by Ed’s earthly presence anymore. Please take care.

  12. Jim and Chris Spence

    Although we are not able to be with you at this very difficult time, know that you will be in our thoughts and our prayers. We have always had a very special connection to your very special family.
    Our hearts break for all the sadness you are dealing with at this time.
    Please know that we love your family as our own, all our sympathy to you and yours, again so much love and many prayers sent your way. Jim and Chris

  13. James A. Spence

    I know Eddy will be waiting for me to rack ’em up and play some pool when we meet again. He was a true brother to me. I’m glad for the good times we had.

  14. Linda Faue Hayes

    Jim, Mary and family,
    So sorry for your loss of Eddy, I got to meet him when he worked at Jj’s. He was a sweet man and was always in my prayer.

  15. Lisa McHaffie

    Sending hugs and love to all of you. I didn’t know Eddy in person but loved the man I came to know through Shelly’s Facebook posts and the things I heard about him. What an incredible person you were all blessed with in Eddy…though it was for far too short a time. Heaven became an even more beautiful place the day Eddy went there and someday you will be together again.

  16. Patricia Peterson & Tim Samuelson

    Eddy brought so much life to JJ’s Bar when he worked there. A truly beautiful person. Many prayers for the family and son, Ahnyx and Mom.


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