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Kathleen Marie Askelson, 95, of Sycamore, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018, in DeKalb.
Born June 18, 1923, in DeKalb, one of four daughters (Lorette, Loraine and Ellen) of Peter and Mary (McMenamin) Paulsen, Kathleen married Earl Askelson on July 11, 1947, in DeKalb.
Her first priority was being a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A graduate of DeKalb High School, Kathleen was a member of The Church of St. Mary, Sycamore, where she was a greeter; and was a member of Sycamore Woman's Club. Kathleen enjoyed home decorating, gardening, playing bridge and bingo. She loved sports and was a devoted Chicago Cubs fan. She was an artist/cartoonist and also wrote poetry. Kathleen worked for many years, as a bookkeeper for her husband's flooring store, and as a clerk at local jewelry stores.
She is survived by two sons, Mike of Sycamore and Stephen (Barbara) of Belvidere; a daughter, Debra of St. Charles; grandchildren, Philip, Christina, Heather, Kirsten and Amber; and several great-grandchildren, including Brandon and Katie.
She was predeceased by her husband in 1974; her parents; and a son, Thomas.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 15, at The Church of St. Mary, 244 Waterman Street, Sycamore, following visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church.
The family extends special thanks to the staff of DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center, for whom they have established a memorial fund, and thanks Northwestern Hospice for their loving care.

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