Kristin P. Oehlke died on July 19, 2018.

Kristin P. Oehlke died on July 19, 2018. Celebrations of Kristin’ Life will be held on Sept. 8th, 1 p.m., Augustana Lutheran Church, 603 Armstrong Blvd. North, St James with a church basement lunch to following. Also on Sept. 15th at 3:30 p.m., at Como Park Streetcar Station, 1224 Lexington Pkwy N., St. Paul. with a smörgåsbord and dedication of her deck and murals to follow at 1424 Arundel Street, St. Paul. Memorials to Union Gospel Mission, Lutheran Social Services, Raptor Center of U of M or Second Harvest Heartland. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Arrangements with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.

Kristin Louise Peterson Oehlke, born in St. James, Watonwan County, was baptized and confirmed at Kansas Lake Lutheran Church, Butterfield. She graduated St. James High School; Gustavus Adolphus College (BA) where she developed a love of biology in Nobel Science Hall; Univ. of Pittsburgh (MS) and Univ. of CO Health Sciences Center, Denver (MGC). Kristin was a Genetic Counselor, who applied her knowledge to many levels of genetics including public health, and this mission took her across the country, starting with Oregon Health Sciences Univ., Portland; Metabolic Trial Coordinator, Univ. of CO Health Sciences Center; Cytogenetic Technologist, Univ, of WA Cytogenetic Laboratory; Denver; Molecular Genetics Technologist, Children’s Hospital, Denver; Genetic Counselor, Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs; DNA Diagnostic Laboratory Consultant, OR Health Sciences Univ., Portland and the MN Dept of Health (MDH), St. Paul, where she had various positions and responsibilities. Among her noteworthy accomplishments were working as a public health geneticist at  MDH and as the supervisor of the MDH team who expanded the Birth Defects registry across the state with enhanced follow up and prevention. Her knowledge and expertise were admired and respected by all who worked with her. She was the CDC ATPM Career Development Awardee, Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention, Atlanta. She worked with the Familial Cancer Registry, Univ. of MN Health Sciences Center, Minneapolis. Kristin loved horses from an early age, cats and dogs. She was an avid traveler who enjoyed the wonders of the road. She loved good food, good wine, good conversation and company. As a Naked Wine Archangel, her wine reviews were well respected. Most of all, she loved Paul, lutfisk and being a Swede.

Kristin is survived by husband, Paul; siblings: Daniel Harlov and Micah Ingrid Asher. Preceded in death by parents, Wendell and Elin Peterson.