In Memoriam

Katherine Torgerson (Randolph)

Katherine T. “Karin” Randolph died on October 6, 2021, at home in hospice care.  She was preceded in death by her mother Verna Torgerson and father Harold Torgerson.  She is survived by her husband John Randolph, daughters Amy (Steve) Plum, Mary (Tony) Frye, and Kat Randolph.  She is further survived by three dear sisters-in-law and six grandchildren.  
After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, she completed training as a physical therapist at Duke University.  She enjoyed engaging with people, especially the healing touch entailed in her profession.  Some twenty-five years later, after a serious illness impaired her balance and interfered with her work, she took courses in accounting and finance.  She served as a church secretary and treasurer and also sought training as a yoga instructor, preserving a connection with her physical therapy background.
After retiring with John to Minocqua, Wisconsin, in 2006, she became a vital member of the St. Matthias’ Thrift Shop community, serving as treasurer for almost 15 years.  At the same time, she provided twice-weekly yoga classes, until the disruption of covid-19.  Karin belonged to a goodly number of book clubs, and was an insightful and enthusiastic philosophizer. More recently, she served as treasurer for the League of Women Voters of the North Woods.  
Karin was a loving person.  She was a wonderful spouse, dedicated mother, affectionate and loyal friend.  There will be a celebration of Karin’s life at St. Matthias’, yet to be scheduled.  Memorials may be made to St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church, 403 E. Chicago Ave., Minocqua, WI 54548.  

-- Text and photo provided by John Randolph




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10/12/21 09:55 AM #1    

Sally Nunneley

This photo was provided by Jullie Touchette Lavorgna.

From L to R are Karin, Jane Bruce, Ginny Johnson Potter, Lindsey Reber, and Cindy Prescott Hedin.Julie was taking the photo.

10/12/21 10:46 AM #2    

Jane Bruce

Just thinking of Karin/Kitty brings a smile to my face.  Her bubbly personality and contagious laugh made it a delight to be in her company.  Whether it was sliding down the snowy hill behind the Mandeles on a garbage can lid or going for a fall bike ride to get an ice cream cone, any activity with Karin was bound to be fun.

We exchanged letters at Christmas every year, so I was able to keep up with children, dogs, marriages, jobs, grandchildren, church activities, moves, etc., even though we didn’t see each other in person for many years.  I treasure the memory of a wonderful visit in the backyard of the rectory in Laurinburg, where Karin brought a get-well card/poster to show me which I had made and illustrated for her when she was in the Mount Holyoke infirmary.  Only Karin would have saved it!

The six mini-reunions our gang of 6 had in NYC were always enlived by Karin’s good humor and high spirits.  A serious Balanchine admirer, she coaxed us all into going to Lincoln Center to see the NYC Ballet’s new Balanchine/Stravinsky program.  We were there for the opening night, and we hung over the balcony afterwards to admire the patrons in all their finery at the party following. 

Karin and I were often roommates at Leo House during our mini-reunions, and I cherish those late night conversations as well as her teaching me some yoga moves to help with back pain.  She was a loving and giving person with a deep compassion and spirituality--I miss her already.

Jane Bruce

10/14/21 06:09 PM #3    

Alice Godfrey (Andrus)

Lovely post, Jane. I thought it was such an inspriation that the 6 or so of you had so many good times together in New York. Losing two of the group in such a close period of time is a big blow to that friendship of many years. Your visits with and your affection for each other, for Kitty and a tribute to those wonderful years together at MHC. thinking of you and all the others. Affectionately, Alice

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