Kimberly Dale Kaul, 62, passed away peacefully at her home on August 12, 2022.
Kimberly was born in Aberdeen, SD, on November 23, 1959, to Leehard and Othelia Franz. She married Michael Kaul of Aberdeen, SD, on March 13, 1982, and they moved to Stillwater, MN, where they raised their daughter, Anna.
Kimberly received her associate degree at Cottey College, followed by her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University. She was a talented and creative writer who devoted her career to marketing, which brought her on frequent and beloved trips to Chicago. Kimberly was dedicated to developing and supporting her colleagues’ careers, and she was known as a mentor and a friend. Kimberly was an advocate, not only for those she supported during her career, but also for causes she cared deeply about, including women’s rights.
Kimberly was a loving wife and mother, and she found joy in sharing her favorite places with her family. She treasured hunting for antiques in hidden corners of the Midwest with her husband. She cherished time spent with her daughter, wherever those travels took her—from Durham to Disney World to Berlin. She enjoyed capturing the beauty of family trips to Kiawah Island and her cabin in Lake of the Woods in watercolor. And she found solace on her screen porch, with her dog, drinking a chai latte and listening to the birds. Kimberly documented these experiences with photos that her family will continue to hold dear.
Kimberly battled four cancers throughout her life, combatting each with fearlessness and grace. She stayed gentle, selfless, and positive throughout years of illness. She is now at peace.
Kimberly was preceded in death by her parents, Leehard and Othelia Franz. She is survived by her husband, Michael; her daughter, Anna; her brother, Monte (Jeanne); her sister, Patricia (Michael); her niece, Christy (Bill); her nephews, Chad & Joshua; and her niece, Alison (Michael).
A celebration of Kimberly’s life will be held on August 21, 2022 in her sanctuary: her backyard. A visitation will begin at 2 p.m., and a service in honor of Kimberly will begin at 3 p.m. at 3375 Pioneer Pl., Stillwater, MN. All are welcome to share memories of Kimberly. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mayo Clinic to support the type of research and care that helped Kimberly. Arrangements are with Bradshaw Funeral Services. PLEASE PARK AT RUTHERFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; SHUTTLE VANS TO THE HOUSE WILL BE AVAILABLE.