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Obituary for Katherine P. "Katie" Alderman

Katherine “Katie” Patricia Alderman, age 37, of rural Stoddard went to her eternal home in the afternoon on December 30, 2021 after an eleven month battle with colon cancer, which she fought with bravery. She was born on August 7, 1984 in Milwaukee, WI to Rev. Gregory E. and Cheryl L. (Juengel) Ewald. She was baptized by Pastor Otterstetter at Mount Lebanon, Milwaukee, WI and confirmed on May 17, 1998 by her father at Good Shepherd Ev. Lutheran Church in Burton, MI. She enrolled at Michigan Lutheran Seminary (private high school) in Saginaw, MI and graduated in 2002. She enrolled in Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN in the fall of 2002, graduating in May of 2006 with a teaching degree with a history concentrate. Her first teaching assignment was at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran School in Sparta, WI teaching first and second grade, which she adored for three years until she met Mike and resigned to start a family. She married the love of her life, Michael “Mike” Wayne Alderman, on December 12, 2009 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Sparta, WI. They had just celebrated twelve years of marriage. Katie and Mike had two children while living in La Crosse, WI. She worked part time as a library aide at the La Crosse Public Library following her love of books and reading. She also taught as a substitute teacher for many WELS and public schools all over the La Crosse area while the children were young. As their family grew, they moved to a larger home in the rural Stoddard area. Katie received her second divine teaching call to St. Matthew’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Stoddard, WI to teach grades K-2 and served there for three and a half school years. In her free time, she enjoyed watching movies and playing games with her family, crocheting, crafts, family genealogy, being an avid history buff, gardening, watching thunderstorms, exploring, and traveling. She is survived by her husband and her children, Stephanie “Stephie” Alderman and Caleb Alderman -Stoddard, WI. Her parents-Holmen, WI. Her siblings, Emily Ewald-Belle Plaine, MN, Rev. Andrew (Cassandra) Ewald, their children Clara, Gregory, Isabella-Mosinee, WI, Aaron Ewald-Minneapolis, MN, Sarah (Alec) Miller, their daughter Hazel-Fort Meyers, FL. Her father-in-law and mother-in-law Wayne and Lauri Alderman-La Crosse, WI. Her sister-in-law Nicole (Geoff) Lenser, their sons Henry and Hayden-Coon Valley, WI, brother-in-law Daniel “Danny” Alderman-La Crosse, WI, and sister-in-law Kristin “Krissi” (fiancé Al Lindahl)-La Crosse, WI. She is also survived by her uncles, aunts, and cousins. She is proceeded in death by her grandparents. Katie was an amazing woman, a wonderful wife, and perfect Mom to our two beautiful children. I couldn't have asked for, or even envisioned, a better dozen years of marriage and adventures. Cancer is horrible and watching it destroy the love of your life hurts immensely, but we were able to grow closer together and cherish everything. A visitation will be held from 9am until the time of service, Saturday, January 8, 2022 at St. Matthew’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Stoddard, WI. The memorial service will be held at 11:30am. Rev. Silas Schmitzer will officiate with a luncheon to follow. Burial at 2:30pm at the Bad Axe Independent Lutheran Church Cemetery, Purdy, WI.