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In Memory of Kathleen "Kate" Piscitello


10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday July 29, 2022
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Lake St Croix Beach
MN, 55043

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday July 29, 2022
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Lake St Croix Beach
MN, 55043

Kathleen “Kate” Anne Piscitello passed away suddenly Monday, July 25th, 2022.  She was born January 21, 1956 in Des Moines, Iowa to Frank and Virginia Eickman.  She moved to Salem, SD when she was 9 years old and graduated from Salem High School.  She then moved to Minneapolis to continue her education where she met her beloved husband Ralph Michael Piscitello III.  She married Ralph 46 years ago on October 4, 1975 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Salem, South Dakota.  She had two children, Matt (Pam) of Issaquah, WA and Gina of Chicago, IL, and two grandchildren Aurelia and Ettore that she adored.  She had three siblings, John Eickman (Rhonda) of Hopewell Junction, NY, Michael Eickman (Ann) of Spartanburg, SC, and Karen Bjelland of Greenville, SC.  She is also survived by nieces, nephews, in-laws, and extended family.  She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Virginia Eickman, her aunt Sister Kathryn Noonan, and in-laws Ralph Piscitello Jr., Evelyn, and Tony Piscitello.


She enjoyed all the opportunities she had to serve the community.  She was currently working at Lake St. Croix Beach City Hall as Deputy Clerk/Treasurer and at Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Protection District as secretary.  She previously worked for Lakeland City Hall and was Director of Religious Education at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church for 25+ years helping educate multiple generations of students in the Catholic faith. 


She was an avid volunteer, putting the needs of others before her own.  She was a head election judge for many years, ensuring a fair and accurate election where every person’s vote counted.  She was active in her Church community at St. Francis, including with the Prayer Network, funeral luncheons, the annual Red Cross Bloodmobile and as a Eucharistic Minister.  She volunteered at the Piper Breast Center at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital following her diagnosis with cancer due to her desire to give back to those who helped her through her cancer journey.  She was active in both of her children’s schools, frequently volunteering at Stillwater Area High School and Afton-Lakeland Elementary. 


Kate was loved by all.  Even in times of adversity, she was always kind and spent her time devoted to helping others.  She was brave, advocating for others in need.  No matter what anyone asked, she was always available to help.  She adored her husband, children, and grandchildren and was the best wife, mother, grandmother and role model we could have ever imagined.  We love her deeply.  Her family valued her wisdom and guidance, and our lives will be forever enhanced by all she has done for us.  We will miss her dearly and take comfort in knowing she is with God in Heaven and reunited with family. 


Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 29, 2022 at 11am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 16770 13th St. S. Lake St. Croix Beach, MN followed by a luncheon in Berg Hall at the church.  Visitation will occur one-hour prior to Mass at 10am. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society as Kate was a breast cancer survivor who helped many with their journey through cancer.

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    • Ralph and family, I just found out about your loss. I worked with Kate for elections 3 or 4 times. What a kind and helpful woman. I am sorry for your loss. RIP Kate. Peace to you Ralph and entire family. My heart is with you.

    • Ralph and family,
      Condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. You are in our hearts and prayers. May God’s love and Devine guidance be with you during these sorrowful times.
      Verlin & Edie

    • Hi Ralph,

      My deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss.
      I did not know your wife personally but upon reading the “In Memory” I found she must have been a wonderful and beloved person.
      May your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time.

      Peter V

    • Ralph,
      My deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss. I hope that you are able to find peace and comfort in the support of friends and loved ones during this difficult time.
      Eddie Chan

    • Ralph I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. She sounds like a wonderful person. Condolences to you and your families.

      Praying for you and your family.
      Phil & Barb Boudewyns

    • Ralph, Matt and Gina, I have had the pleasure of knowing your mom since Randy and I moved to the St.Croix Valley from Grand Marais back in 1984. I had the opportunity to work with Kate at the religious education programs for years at St Francis. If I needed anything for my classroom, she took care of it. I would see her often helping at the various schools. She was always willing to helping … our community lost another great leader and great friend.

      Blessings, Reggie Kopesky, Patrick Kopesky, Allison Rahman