Kathy Marie Schwalm was born September 18, 1951 in Tilden, NE to Paul and Mabel (Nelson) Van Ert. Kathy graduated from Tilden High School. She graduated from Lakeland Medical School in Minneapolis in 1970 and began work as a lab technician.
On June 19, 1971 Kathy married Jerry Schwalm in Tilden, NE. They spent 32 loving years together until Jerry passed away in 2003. She never really got over his passing and loved him until the day she left this world to join him. They had two children, David and Jenny. Kathy had a close bond with and a fierce love for her children and three grandchildren. She was thrilled to become a grandma and thoroughly enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow.
She cherished her time spent with family and friends. Her life was defined by caring for others. After working at the Delaney Clinic for 24 years, Kathy became friends with many people in the community. In her final days we came to realize just how many friends confided in her. Kathy was an avid gardener and enjoyed planting and nurturing her garden and flower beds. She had recently taken classes and received her certification as a South Dakota Master Gardener. Kathy had a strong love for her faith and was a long time active member of Mitchell Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the Calvary Cemetery Board.
Kathy is survived by her mother, Mabel Van Ert, Mitchell, her children: David Schwalm, Mitchell and Jenny (Schwalm) Holmes, husband Isaac and grandchildren, Ian, Logan and Aiden, Worthing, SD; her brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Lisa Van Ert, Lincoln, NE; sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Charles Redding, Martell, NE; five nieces and one nephew.
Kathy was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry, father, Paul Van Ert, brother, Alan Van Ert, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leo and Lena Schwalm, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dode and Ella Heinrich.