Pat Kehr, 60, of Brainerd, died Aug. 8, 2007, at the Fairview Riverside Hospital in Minneapolis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, at the St. Francis Church in Brainerd with Pat's brother, Father Dick Bresnahan, officiating. Friends are welcome to visit from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter Thursday, Aug. 9. Interment to follow services at Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Patricia Ann Bresnahan was born Nov. 15, 1946, to Farley and Miriam (Vermeersch) Bresnahan in Pekin, Ill. Pat attended the St. Francis School of Nursing in Evanston, Ill., where she obtained her registered nursing degree in 1967. Pat continued her education later in life when she received her bachelor of science with a major in nursing from Bemidji State University in 1994 graduating magna cum laude. She was united in marriage to Dr. Roland Kehr Sept. 6, 1969, in Pekin, Ill. Pat loved being in the beauty of nature, designing cards and candles with pressed flower petals, traveling and music - especially, playing in the bell choir at St. Francis Catholic Church. Pat was author of two articles published in the Brainerd lakes area magazine, Her Voice: "Listen to the Cattails" and "The Healing Journey ."
Pat exhibited an amazing spirit of joy and hope in the midst of her many challenges with lung cancer. Her winning smile and spirit of enjoying simple pleasures was contagious. Her willingness to help in whatever way possible and her interest in others will always be treasured.
Pat is survived by her husband, Dr. Roland Kehr, of Brainerd; her children, Nathan (Dawn) Kehr, of Gilbert, Ariz., and Brian Kehr, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; her grandchildren, Madison and Hunter; her sisters, Rita Bresnahan, of Seattle, and Mary Smoluch, of Eugene, Ore.; and her brothers, Father Dick Bresnahan, of Moline, Ill., and Dr. Jerry Bresnahan, of Los Angeles. Pat was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Bob.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Pat will be sorely missed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
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