Patricia “Pat” (Cahill) Kahnke

Patricia “Pat” (Cahill) Kahnke, age 74, of Shakopee, MN, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, in Minneapolis, MN.

A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, June 8 at 11 am, with one-hour visitation prior, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation 833 South Marschall Road, Shakopee. Pastor Diana Hunstad will preside. Family interment will be on Monday, June 10 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Patricia Kathleen was born on March 31, 1945, in Mankato, MN, to parents, Raphael and Blanche (Convey) Cahill. She graduated from Janesville High School in 1963. Pat furthered her education at Mankato State University, graduating in 1967. She married Gary Kahnke on June 8, 1968. After 33 years, Pat retired from St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee, as a Medical Technologist.

Pat is survived by husband, Gary; son, Aaron and Shiloh Kahnke; daughter, Leah Porth; grandchildren, Ewan Kahnke, Sawyer Kahnke, Lucy Porth; sister, Ruth and Gary Paur; brother, Terry and Barb Cahill; sister-in-law, Bonnie Smith; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Pat is preceded in death by parents, Raphael and Blanche; parents-in-law, Hubert (H.G.) and Margaret Kahnke; brothers-in-laws, Lyle Kahnke, Robert Jay Smith; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Warren and Dorothy Kahnke.

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  1. We miss her already, but are so grateful for the wonderful memories we shared while knowing her for over 45 years. She was a remarkable friend to us a matriarch for her family.

  2. Theresa Carlson

    My deepest condolences Gary and family. Pat was one of the kindest women I knew growing up! With love your neighbor – Theresa Carlson (Garbe)

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. Pat was a lovely woman and we have always enjoyed seeing her through out the years. I know she was loved by many and leaves behind a legacy of love for her family and friends. Rest In Peace Pat, may God’s perpetual light shine upon you.

    The Okray-Grubac family

  4. RIP Pat. You are one of the smartest professional medical technologist I’ve ever known .

  5. Barbara Stanley

    Rest in peace Pat. I enjoyed working with you in the lab. I could always count on a story or two!!

  6. Gary and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Pats passing.
    I have so many good memories of the years we worked together!
    I remember her joy when she became a Grandma and her pride when she became a Master Gardener! RIP Pat!!

  7. Gary & Ginny Buddensiek

    RIP Pat. I remember when we lived near you in the townhouses off 4th Ave and seeing Pat at work at St. Francis. Always a sweet smile and so helpful! She will be dearly missed. Our condolences to Gary and the family.

  8. Darlene and Bob Carlson

    Pat Kahnke was a woman of substance. In everything she did—work, family, gardening, travel, she did it with gusto. The picture of Pat shows that zest for life shining out of her eyes. We feel privileged to have been friends with Pat and Gary for over 40 years, both here and in Chicago. We miss her greatly

  9. My deepest sympathy to Gary, Aaron and Leah on your loss.

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