Kaitlin Elizabeth (Smith) Bakker, age 28, Minnesota City (formerly Princeton) was lifted into Heaven by our savior Jesus Christ on October 16th 2012. Kaitlin was born in Princeton, MN where she graduated valedictorian from Princeton High School in 2002. She attended University of Minnesota-Duluth, and completed her Bachelors in Science-Nursing Degree at Winona State University in 2007. Kaitlin was two semesters from completing her masters in nursing education. Kaitlin’s nursing career was at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. She resided in Minnesota City, near the bluffs and Mississippi river in South East Minnesota. Kaitlin was a spirited woman who loved nature and the outdoors. When Kaitlin was not committing herself to her advancement in the profession of nursing, she could be found outside enjoying one of her many hobbies. From gardening to camping, hunting to kayaking, fishing to hiking, and swimming to sightseeing, Kaitlin did it all. Kaitlin could be as feminine as they come, lighting up a room with her beauty, or toss on some camouflage and take to the woods or waters for a weekend of hunting. She was always ready for any adventure or any new experience that would come her way. She did everything with a smile. Her personality was infectious and made anyone who crossed her path smile and laugh.
Of all the things Kaitlin loved to do, teaching was her most cherished passion. Whether it was teaching her collogues at work, precepting new staff, reading to her niece and nephew, or meeting someone on the street, Kaitlin would try and teach them something. They may not have known she was even doing it, but it would not be long and you would realize that she had done just that. Even as Kaitlin has left us here on earth, she continues to teach us lessons of grace, hope, compassion, enjoyment and taking the time to absorb all that is good around us. She has taught us to really take pleasure in the simple things of life. It’s great to have goals, but make sure you enjoy the ride, and not just the destination.
Kaitlin was a wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, sister-in-law, colleague, and friend. She is waiting to again be reunited with her surviving loved ones Wade Bakker (husband), Kevin and Carol Smith (parents), Kevin Smith (brother), Richard and Carol Smith (grandparents), many aunts and uncles, and so many other family and friends. Kaitlin was preceded in death by Grandparents Edward and Inez Jensen, Aunt Mary Elizabeth Smith, Uncle Gregory Smith, Cousin Dane Smith, and Father-in-Law Hal Bakker. May you all celebrate Kaitlin’s arrival in heaven and know that none of you are forgotten.
Kaitlin’s “Celebration of life” events will begin with visitation at Williams Dingmann Funeral home in Princeton Minnesota, on Friday October 19th, 2012, from 5-8pm. Visitation will also be held Saturday October 20th 2012,from 9-10am at Christ our Light Catholic Parish-North Campus in Princeton Minnesota, followed by her funeral service starting at 10am. A reception will be held in Kaitlin’s honor following the service at Christ our Light Catholic Parish-South Campus in Zimmerman Minnesota.
Pall bearers: Robert Malmberg, Sarah (Neal) Samuel, Amy Loos, Gene Somers, Merrick Timbers, Brett Anderson
A scholarship fund has been established in honor of Kaitlin to be awarded to someone in the field of nursing. Memorials can be made out to the “Kaitlin Elizabeth Bakker Memorial Nursing Scholarship” Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank.