Kathlyn A. Heidel, age 76, of Cascade, formerly of Excelsior, Minn., passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born March 23, 1938 in Plymouth, Wis., a daughter of the late Arthur and Jeanette (Van Sluys) Heidel.

She graduated in 1956 from Plymouth High School, and in 1958 she graduated from Sheboygan County Normal School with a teaching certificate. In 1962, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Kathlyn earned her Masters of Science Education from University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1974.

She was a teacher for the Cedar Grove and Kohler public schools from 1958-66. From 1968-2003, she was the senior interpretive naturalist for the Three Rivers Park District in Hennepin County, Minnesota.

Kathlyn was a member of the state, local and National Teacher’s Association, National Science Teachers Association, Minnesota Naturalists, National Association of Interpreters, Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, Garden Club of Minnetonka, Minn., Plymouth Bird Club and she was a licensed bird bander.

She was a sensational artist, writer, and poet.

Kathlyn’s everyday life was her passion; she loved and was born to be a naturalist/ teacher.

Survivors include her sister, Karen Heidel-Cravens (husband, Leroy) of Corunna, Ind.; brother, David (Angelita) of Random Lake, Wis.; four nieces: Suzanne Cravens-Winebrenner (husband, Rex) of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Denise Cravens of Fort Wayne; Thelma Heidel-Baker (husband, Ricky) of Ames, Iowa, and Melissa Heidel of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one nephew, Johann Heidel of Cascade, Wis.; and seven great- nieces and nephews: Cameron, Devin, Christian, April, Abigail, Alex and Ava.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Alvin and nephew, Brian Cravens.

Following Kathlyn’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, May 25, from 1-3 p.m. at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth.

A memorial fund is being established in Kathlyn’s name.

Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

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