Katherine Farry, 1920-2019

Published 1:00 am Thursday, April 11, 2019

A celebration of life for Katherine “Kitty” Farry, 99, of Albert Lea will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Sean Forde will officiate. Interment will be at St. Theodore Cemetery at a later date. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at

Katherine Farry


Kitty died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Hidden Creek Assisted Living.

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Katherine Lucille Farry was born March 22, 1920, in Albert Lea, the daughter of Harry and Abby (Dahl) Kelly. She graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1939 and was Homecoming Queen. During World War II, Kitty worked at the State Board of Health on the University of Minnesota campus. She returned to Albert Lea and worked at First National Bank until her marriage to William P. Farry in 1946.

The couple moved to California in 1948 to make their home. William was killed in an industrial accident and Kitty returned to Albert Lea with her children to be near family.

Kitty was a past president of the Naeve Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered for many organizations. She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing bridge and cooking, and loved spending time with family and friends.

Kitty is survived by her daughter, Beth (Dennis) Tostenson; son, Timothy (Julie) Farry; grandchildren Tara (Chad) Cliff, Brooke (Dan) Barnes, Troy Farry and Cole Ferry; great-grandchildren Braeden Cliff, Brenna Cliff, Brody Barnes and Bree Barnes; sister, Barbara (F.W.) Marpe; sisters-in-law Ione Kelly and Anne Kelly; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Kitty was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Abby; husband, William; sisters Ardus (V.R.) Clifford and Irma (Jerome) Nelson; brothers Harry Kelly and Richard Kelly; and brothers-in-law John Farry and Steve Farry.

“We can not say enough kind words to her Hidden Creek family and to St. Croix hospice for their loving care during her last few weeks,” her family said.