KATHARINE RHEINBERGERKatharine Rheinberger, 78, of Minneapolis passed away on May 25, 2013.
Katharine Rheinberger, 78, of Minneapolis passed away on May 25, 2013.
She was born in Duluth.
She was an activist fighting for civil rights, women's rights, and gay rights. In 1972 she founded the Duluth Free Clinic, providing healthcare services to the poor and needy. Now known as the Lake Superior Community Health Center (locations in West Duluth and Superior) the organization today has a staff of 74 and has served 11,000 since inception. She attended the University of MN in Duluth, completing BA degrees in Public Health Administrative and Social Work. She concluded her education by entering a Masters Program in Public Health Administration and Social Work at the University of MN in Minneapolis.
She is survived by children Katharine DeShaw (Mark McConnell), Chuck (Stephanie) DeShaw, Tony (Debbie) DeShaw, and Max (Barbara) DeShaw; grandchildren Samuel McConnell, Justin DeShaw, Jason and Cassie DeShaw, Matthew and Alexis DeShaw; sisters Mary (Dick) Pownall, Isabelle (Joerg) Gutzeit, and Marianne Rheinberger; beloved nieces and nephews, many other relatives and dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make gifts in her memory to Open Arms of Minnesota where she served as a dedicated volunteer and donor. This link takes you to their donation page: http://www.openarmsmn.org/donate/memoryhonor/. David Lee Funeral Home 952-473-5577.
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