Published in the Owatonna People's Press
Kimberly A. Cope Minneapolis—Kimberly Andrea Cope, 62, of Minneapolis died Monday, April 2, 2018 at her home of natural causes. She was born January 5, 1956 in Owatonna, Minnesota the daughter of Howard and Jeanette (Ahlers) Cope. She grew up in Owatonna and graduated from Owatonna High School in 1974. She continued her education in Willmar studying drafting. She then went to Mankato State University and graduated with a degree in Mass Communications. Later on, while living in Minneapolis, she studied web design. Kimberly worked at the newspaper in Sleepy Eye for a while before moving to Minneapolis where she has lived and worked for over 30 years. In Minneapolis, she worked as a mail carrier, a postal inspector and most recently in the computer department at United Healthcare. Kimberly was an artistic and creative individual. She created seed art, feline collages, enjoyed photography and painted the Peanuts on Parade statues. She enjoyed writing witty and personalized greeting cards for her family and friends. She loved entering sweepstakes and actually won many prizes and vacations. She was a member of the Mensa Club and a proof reader for ACT test questions. She enjoyed traveling with her sister around the United States and to many foreign countries. She liked adventures such as skydiving, zip-lines and the rides at the Minnesota State Fair which she attended nearly every day. She is survived by her aunt, Adrienne Rothgarn of Owatonna; siblings, Karen Cope of Minneapolis and James (Nancy) Cope of Albert Lea; nephew Geoffrey Cope of Minneapolis; niece, Kaitlin Cope of Minneapolis; her two cats, Itty Bitty and Hot Pockets and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Jeanette and uncle, Orville Rothgarn. Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna on Saturday, April 14th from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Funeral services will be held April 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna with Pastor Dave Klawiter officiating. Interment will be in the Steele Center Cemetery. Memorials should be sent to any feline animal rescue shelter of your choice.