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Lucile Oakland, 1928-2020

Lucile “Kitty” Oakland, 91, of Albert Lea died in her home surrounded by her family Saturday, April 4, 2020. The family is planning a private graveside service.

Lucile Oakland

She was born July 3, 1928, in Freeborn County, the daughter of Edward and Elisabeth (Pick) Sereda. She attended school in rural Matawan, later graduating from Freeborn High School. Following graduation, Kitty moved to Albert Lea and began working at Munsingwear. It wasn’t long after that she met the love of her life at a dance.

On Aug. 17, 1947, she was united in marriage to LeMoyne “Lee” Oakland at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland. Kitty and Lee began their life together in Twin Lakes and then moved to Osakis. They later made their home in Albert Lea.

Kitty was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, where she thoroughly enjoyed serving on the wedding committee. She had a great passion for gardening and always had a flair for decorating. She was a wonderful loving mother to all her children and grandchildren.

Lucile “Kitty” is survived by six children: Dawn (Dick) Wolterman of Apple Valley, Steven Oakland (Linda) of Albert Lea, Debra (Laurence) Cranwell of Waltham, Massachusetts, Dennis Oakland of Lake Louise, Arkansas,

Kathy Hemstreet of Homer, Alaska, Cindy (Jerry) Brown of Apple Valley and Michelle (Tim) Reinke of Waterville; grandchildren Jason (Katherine) Wolterman and their children Madison and Preston of Rosemount, Jessica (Pete) Zuchowski of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jaime (Erlend) Larsen and their children Allison and Brody of Hastings, Natasha (Steven) Vaux and their children Zoe and Ava of Franklin, Massachusetts, Evan (Kerri) Cranwell of Wilmington, Massachusetts, Jeanine (Jeremy) Vance of Anchorage, Alaska, Daniel Oakland of Anchorage, David (Cathleen) Brown and children Kayden, Logan and Caleb of Shakopee, Krista (Chad) Meyen and daughter, Brooke, of Farmington, Ashley Brown of Apple Valley, Anastasia (Alex) Loken and son, Oliver, of New Brighton, Alicia (Jack) Tuthill of St. Paul, Cody Reinke of Mankato and Sarah Reinke of Winona; and several nieces and nephews. She loved her grand pets Izzy, Sylvester and Bailey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LeMoyne “Lee” Oakland; grandson, Jeremy Wolterman; parents Edward and Elisabeth Sereda; and parents-in-law Elmer and Alma Oakland.

Kitty will be remembered as one you could count on to be straightforward with a quiet and gentle soul.

Blessed be her memory!

To protect the health and safety of all, services are currently being limited as required by state and local authorities and the CDC. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available with the obituary on Bonnerup’s website.