Catherine "Kate" Remley, longtime Faribault resident and legendary second grade teacher at Garfield School, has died at age 95 following a fall.

     Born in Baxter, Iowa, to Emery and Alice (Dodd) Kline, Catherine married Lewis Kurtz Remley of Anamosa and lived in Des Moines before moving to Faribault in 1957. Kate was an honors graduate of Drake University.

     Teacher, scholar, citizen of the world, Kate cherished her independence. She was a member of P.E.O. and Delta Kappa Gamma, an avid supporter of River Bend Nature Center, Paradise Center for the Arts, Tree Frog Music Festival, the Rice County History Museum, and others. She devoured books and newspapers, loved to discuss politics and current events, passionately enjoyed theater and concerts. Kate never missed voting in an election. World traveler, advocate for social justice and equal rights, Kate was a steward of the environment and dedicated "church lady."

     Profoundly missing Kate are daughter Lynn and husband Skip Saeger; grandchildren Dana Saeger and fiancee Colleen Satyshur, Kaley and husband Andy Rotering, and Christa Saeger; sister Louise Black, cousins, friends, neighbors, her caring church community, and legions of former students. 

     Services will be Saturday January 29, 2011 at 12 noon at the Congregational Church with lunch to follow in the Parish House. No visitation will be held. Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.

     Thanks to Pastor Jan Bodin, good friends, and neighbors at Trail's Edge for their kindness. Memorials preferred to the Congregational Church 'Lift Fund' to aid accessibility.

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Name: Connie Carver Wick
Date: Saturday February 05, 2011


Hello Remley Family, When I heard of the passing of C.R, it brought back memories of her teaching years. But it wasnt at Garfield school in Faribault. I attended McKinley school and I am thinking back in the day she must have taught there, at least part time. I am thinking I would have been there 1960-1963 so it must have been during one of those years. When I looked at her picture it confirmed that I knew her. During the years I was at Mckinley, Ms Lund was in 4th grade, Ms. Wasmund was in 5th, Mr Meyer and Mrs Schmidt team taught 6th grade I think. I had Ms Waleca in 2nd grade. So maybe it was 3rd grade? At some point she shared a school year of my life and I remember it being very pleasant. Sounds like she had a wonderful life. My sympathy. Connie Carver Wick. Faribault High School Class of 1969

Name: Peggy Ulrich Minarcik
Date: Thursday January 27, 2011


Mrs. Remley was my second grade teacher at Garfield and what a wonderful teacher and lady! My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Name: Karen Jaeger
Date: Wednesday January 26, 2011


My prayers and sympathies are with you in the loss of your mother, grandmother, sister, friend. She was a joy to know as teaching colleagues. She always had bright outlook and was always pleasant in her demeanor. God bless her memory and God bless each of you as you journey on after her.