In Memory of Kim Lagerstrom


5-8PM - Friday February 24th at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson


11AM - Saturday, February 25th at Bethel Lutheran Church - Highlands Campus

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Kim Lagerstrom, 58, of Hudson, passed away peacefully on February 15th, after a courageous 10-year battle with breast cancer, a battle that never wavered her faith, her grace, or her determination to find joy in every moment. Kim was a devoted wife, champion mom and grandma, tireless volunteer, and a beautiful blessing to anyone who called her friend. She spent the holidays in Wisconsin surrounded by family and friends and spent the last month in Arizona with family and friends.

Kim was born and raised in Madison, WI, where she developed her passion for life, learned the value of hard work, and the joy of helping others. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before moving to the Twin Cities area to work in administrative and marketing positions for Knox Lumber and 3M Company.  Kim’s true life work was helping others and advocating for those in need as evidenced by her work at Bethel Lutheran Church and in the Strive Program at Hudson High School. Kim and Chuck were married for 36 years and were blessed with 2 beautiful children and 2 grandchildren. Most recently, Kim was working hard at “being retired” by enjoying her time with Chuck at their home in Arizona where she pursued her love of quilting, golfing, gardening, playing pickleball, traveling, and sharing good times with her entourage of girlfriends. However, Kim cherished nothing more than being with her children and grandchildren. She had such a gift of bringing out smiles and laughter in others. Her beautiful smile, positive attitude, and loving approach to life will be deeply missed and will live in our hearts forever.

Kim is survived by her husband Chuck, her children Jill and Andrew (Alison); grandchildren Avery and Graham; sister Linda (Brad) Staley and brother Tom (Merlane) Keller; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Tom Keller, niece Nicole Keller and nephew George Lagerstrom.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 24th from 5-8p.m. at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S 11th St., Hudson and also one hour prior to the Memorial Service at church. The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday February 25th at 11a.m at Bethel Lutheran Church-Highlands Campus, 504 Frontage Rd., Hudson. Lunch will follow at the church. Memorials are preferred to BRIDGE | Serving Youth & Adults with Disabilities,, or a memorial of the donor's choice. 

Kim Lagerstrom's Tribute Wall

Tributes (8):

  1. I just learned of Kim’s passing. I felt honored to know Kim and loved her precious smile every time she came in for a session! All of you will be in my prayers as you grieve the loss of this amazing lady.
    Deb Sagisser

  2. I was so saddened to hear of Kim’s passing. I taught your daughter, Jill, when she was at North Hudson Elementary and I also knew Kim from. Parent-child class many years ago. Kim was such a supportive parent to all of us teachers, and I cannot express how important that was to all of us. I’m sure there is a very empty hole in your heart with her death. I hope that memories and the love of the rest of your family and friends will sustain you through this time. She had a smile for everyone.

  3. Dear Chuck,

    Natalie and I were saddened to hear the news of Kim’s passing. We cannot put into words the feelings to share with you. Kim’s personality was such a joy to be around, she was always smiling and enjoying life. Our many memories of getting together with you and Kim will continue forever. Kim will be missed greatly by everyone who knew her.

    Steve and Natalie Shepard

  4. Kim was our amazing neighbor, friend and mentor. We were able to share many good times traveling together. We went to France to sip champagne, ski in Austria, cruised on 4 wheelers in Utah and hung out in Hudson and Arizona. Kim taught us to live life to the fullest through our 21 years of friendship and especially these last 10 years, she never let her battle stop her from accomplishing and engaging in her love of sports, hobbies, vacations, family and friends. The fact that she was able to accomplish all of this and more while moving through cancer was a HUGE inspiration to us. She helped us clean out our flooded basement, while managing to host us for our first Thanksgiving dinner in Belgium, simultaneously. She attended to the little things too, like teaching me to organize our closets, cabinets and garage. She would tackle anything, and she did it with grace and style. Kim was always there for us in any way she possibly could be. There is nothing we loved more than to share some laughs, a pint or two of Stella and enjoy her easy going ways. We will always treasure her dazzling smile, her caring ways, shoulder to cry on, her strength and her amazing ability to always stay positive and take the high road. We love you dearly, Kim. You’re heart print in this world will always be with us. Keep shining and smiling in the company of your maker and your loved ones that hold you now. We will miss you, dear friend.
    Kelly, Rondi, Parker, Laura, Marshall and Rhiannon

  5. I had the privilege to work with Kim at HHS. She loved her job and the staff and kids she worked with. I am very sad to hear of her passing after her hard fought battle with cancer. I am thankful she reached out to our family with the loss of my daughter Megan Goeltz. I had not seen her since she retired. Love and prayers to you in the coming days and years.

    Wendy Goeltz
    Tom, Wendy, Melissa, (Angel) Megan, Gavin, Paisley.

  6. Kim was my friend, confidante, lifeline, & so much more. My heart breaks for her family & all who knew & loved her.

  7. Dear Chuck, Andy and Jill,
    What a beautiful women you got to share your life with ❤ Kim’s smile was her trademark. She always was smiling and just naturally made everyone smile with her. If she saw someone needed help with something Kim would jump right in and lend a hand. What a kind, giving and loving person. She will be missed but she’ll always be smiling down on her family and friends. Kim was a great lady and a friend was to all.
    Our thoughts are with you,
    Helyn, Taylar and Destrey Zarfos

  8. Chuck, Jill and Andrew, we have no words. Such sad news to hear our Kim passed on into heaven. But heaven is a little brighter with her there. She had such an infectious smile and a laugh that would just get everybody else going too. We loved her passion for having fun and living life to the fullest. We will miss her. Shine bright my friend, shine bright!