FAIRMONT - Colleen (Kodet) Mahoney, age 52, of Fairmont and formerly of Bechyn, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 30, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System, Fairmont. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bechyn, with Rev. Mike Doyle as celebrant. Burial is in the church cemetery.
Visitation is Wednesday at the church for one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Colleen Mary Mahoney was born in Redwood Falls, Minn., on July 26, 1960, to Jerome and Clare Kodet. Colleen was baptized and confirmed at St Mary's Church of Bechyn. She graduated from Morton High School in 1978 where she "lettered" in cheerleading and girls basketball, and was also in the homecoming court. During Colleen's childhood and young adulthood, she sold sweet corn to earn money for school clothes and was a nurturing caretaker for her brother, Tom, whose special needs required constant supervision. Colleen's father gave her the nickname of "Cookie" as a child because she loved eating cookies! Colleen suffered a back injury early in her working career. Her disability limited her daily activities for the remainder of her life; however, she did remain positive and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, watching movies and communicating with her family and friends through email and Facebook. Colleen's hobbies were collecting tea pots and decorative porcelain high heel shoes. As a farmer's daughter, she had a green thumb for keeping houseplants healthy and alive. Colleen enjoyed traveling and had visited Germany, Paris France, Luxemburg, Biloxi, Miss., and Cancun, Mexico. Colleen was the proud mother of two beautiful children, Amy Jo Kodet and Blake Thomas Mahoney. Prior to her death, she valued the time she was able to spend with her beautiful grandchildren.
Colleen is survived by her daughter, Amy Jo Kodet (Brendon Kreb) of St. Louis Park; son, Blake Mahoney (Jenny) of Albert Lea; and five grandchildren: Deven, Lizzy, Gavin, Emie and Vivian.
Colleen was preceded in death by her father, Jerome Kodet; brother-in-law, Bill Morrissey; and nephew, Brian Ahrens.
Blessed be her memory
Dirks-Blem funeral Service, Olivia, MN. (320) 523-1102