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Kathryn J. Thacher

January 31, 1955 ~ May 26, 2021 (age 66)


Kathryn J. Thacher, age 66, of Faribault, MN, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at her home following a brief battle with cancer.

Kathryn was born on January 31, 1955, in Gaylord, MN to Lowell K. and Joyce E. (Johnson) Muck.  She graduated from Gaylord High School in 1973. Kathy attended Southwest State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977. She completed her formal education at the College of St. Thomas receiving her Masters of Business Administration in 1982.

Kathy was very involved with the American Eskimo Dogs. She was President of the Northern Lights American Eskimo Dog Association. She competed nationally in dog agility competitions since the early 2000’s. Kathy’s other pursuits were knitting, travel, and hiking.

Her professional career locally was Dakota Electric as a Senior Financial Analyst. When she retired her part-time job was with the United Way of Northfield as the Assistant Director.

Kathy was married to Mark Thacher on May 18, 1985.  Following their marriage, Kathy and Mark lived in Eden Prairie, MN, eventually moving to Northfield, MN. They retired to their home in Cannon City, MN.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Thacher of Faribault; brothers, Jim Muck of Olympia, WA, Brian Muck & wife Kristi Muck of Liberty, TX. Her sister Cheryl resides in Burnsville, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lowell and Joyce. 

A Celebration of Kathy’s life will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Parker Kohl Funeral Home, 1725 Lyndale Ave. N in Faribault.  Visitation will start at 1:00 p.m. with the the celebration of Kathy’s life starting at 3:00 p.m. The family encourages the sharing of memories during the celebration. For those unable to attend, you may watch the livestream of the sharing time through a link found on Kathy’s obituary page.  Kathy’s urn will be placed at the Meadow Ridge Memorial Park Mausoleum later.

Memorials may be directed to Mayo Clinic Sarcoma Oncology Department or Canine Performance Events in memory of Kathy.

  • Mayo Clinic Sarcoma Research
    • By phone - (855) 852-8129
    • online -
      • Under "tribute information" please indicate the gift is in memory of Kathy Thacher 
    • mail - checks made payable to Mayo Clinic and mailed to:
      • Mayo Clinic Department of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN  55905
        • Please indicate the donation is in memory of Kathy Thacher
  • Canine Performance Events
    • Checks payable to Canine Performance Events
      • Memo line indicate In memory of Kathy Thacher
      • Send directly to Mark, or to Parker Kohl Funeral Home (we will forward to Mark)

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kathryn J. Thacher, please visit our floral store.

Funeral Service


June 4, 2021

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Parker Kohl Funeral Home & Crematory
1725 Lyndale Avenue North
Faribault, MN 55021

Celebration of Life
June 4, 2021

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Parker Kohl Funeral Home & Crematory
1725 Lyndale Avenue North
Faribault, MN 55021

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