Catherine "Katie" Allers, 81, Minot, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in a Minot hospital.
Catherine "Katie" was born July 30, 1931, in Verona, to William and Sarah (Mattson) Leach. She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Verona High School in 1949. She attended the Sisters of St Joseph's School of Nursing, graduating with a diploma in nursing in 1952. While a student at St. Joseph's she was active in the Student Nurses' Association. In June 1952 she began employment as a nurse at Trinity Hospital in Jamestown. In 1955 she moved to Chicago and worked as a staff nurse at the Michael Reese Hospital.
In 1956 she returned to North Dakota and became the night supervisor at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck, and after two years she became the operating room supervisor. While living in Bismarck, she met her husband, Francis Allers, and they were united in marriage on June 27, 1959. They made their home in Bismarck.
In 1963 she and Francis moved to Minot where she stayed at home with her two children. In 1964 she returned to work as the night supervisor at the Lutheran Nursing Home. In 1967 she became employed as the home health nurse for the City of Minot, later becoming the Ward County public health nurse. In 1973 Katie became the first nurse in the Northwest Region to serve on the Screening Team for the Department of Social Services.
In 1975 she began employment at Trinity Medical Center in Minot as the utilization review coordinator. She later became the assistant vice president of Acute Care and Long Term Care Nursing. In 1984 she became the charge nurse at the Garrison Nursing Home.
In 1985 she became employed at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota as an on-site nurse. She held this position until January 1992, when she went to work at St. Joseph's Hospital in Minot in the Chemical Dependency Unit, where she worked until 2004. During this time in 1995 she graduated from the Parish Nurse Course and became Our Lady of Grace parish nurse. She also assisted insurance companies performing life insurance physicals which took her all over the state.
Katie received her Nursing Home Administrator License in 1982 and a Social Worker's License in 1984. She celebrated her 50th year in the nursing profession in 2002 and retained her license until 2011.
Katie was instrumental in organizing and getting off the ground a free community clinic in Minot which is still in operation today. She was also employed as the nurse for Somerset Court in Minot at one time.
Katie became a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in 1959. She held many offices on the local level including treasurer, first vice regent, and regent and co-chaired the state convention in Minot. She was also district deputy for eight years. On the state level, she was secretary, second state vice regent, first state vice regent and state regent. On the national level she served as a member of the election committee at the national convention in Norfolk, Va., and she co-chaired the national convention held in Bismarck in 2002. She was also the chairman of the National Nominating Committee for 2002. That same year she was honored as the State Catholic Daughter of the Year. In 1992, Francis and Katie Allers were chosen as the Knights of Columbus Council 4894 Family of the Year. Katie was actively involved in the Confraternity of Christian Mothers.
Katie was also a bailiff at the Northwest Judicial District Court.
Katie was very active in the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Not only was she the parish nurse, she was active in the church's altar society. She and Francis volunteered from 1997 to 2006 at the Our Lady of Grace Sunshine Youth Camp as cooks, creating homemade meals for the kids, specializing in their favorite treat, elephant ears.
In 2010, Katie and Francis moved into Somerset Court, where they met many new friends. Katie enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, spending time with her grandchildren, and most of all, cooking.
Katie felt it important to instill a strong Catholic faith and Christian values in her children and grandchildren. Katie's four children attended Catholic elementary school and graduated from Bishop Ryan High School in Minot, where she and Francis were always eager to volunteer for any activity. Francis and Katie were an integral part of the organizing and running of the Bishop Ryan Carnival, the largest fundraiser for the school. They also organized the St. Leo's donut making and sales, which continues to this day. Katie was at one time the president of the St. Leo's Catholic Elementary School's PTA and the Bishop Ryan PTA. She also volunteered as a CCD coordinator.
Katie's strong faith has also been passed down to her grandchildren. Four have graduated from Bishop Ryan High School and three are currently attending. She was very involved in the schools during her grandchildren's education as well, serving as a volunteer librarian at Little Flower Catholic Elementary School and working numerous fundraising breakfasts. She coordinated the baking of cakes for the cake walk at the carnival for many years. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and she was so proud of their Catholic education and their strong faith.
Katie was famous for her Saturday homemade soups and breads, which family and friends would gather in their tiny kitchen to enjoy. Katie will always be remembered for her infectious laugh, her to-die-for caramel rolls, and her five-course meals on a hot summer day at Lucky 13, their beloved lake cabin.
Katie was preceded in death by her parents, William and Sarah Leach; two infant siblings; brother, James Leach; and son-in-law, Fred Storbeck.
Katie is survived by: her husband of 53 years, Francis Allers, Minot; daughters, Mary Storbeck, Minot, Patty Allers, McKinney, Texas, Sara (Jim) Kasper, Minot, and son, Jim (Katy) Allers, Minot. She is also survived by her grandchildren she so lovingly called The Magnificent Seven, Brandon Storbeck, Megan Storbeck, Ryan Kasper and fiancee Leah Larson, Aaron Kasper, Kelly Kasper, Amber Allers and Tyler Allers, all of Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to Bishop Ryan Catholic School.
Funeral: Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Vigil prayer service: Sunday, Aug. 12, at 5 p.m., at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Visitation: Sunday, Aug. 12, from noon to 3 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
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