Range Funeral Homes


Katherine Marie Vukelich

04/25/1924 - 12/27/2021

Katherine Marie “Belle” Vukelich, of Virginia, passed away Monday, December 27, 2021 at Essentia Health in Virginia. Katherine was born on April 25, 1924 to Mike and Katherine Begich. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Paul Vukelich.

One of the greatest honors in Katherine’s life was being a Rosie the Riveter in World War II. Having had the opportunity to work on B-24 bombers, she was always proud of her contributions to the war effort. She accomplished a lifelong dream by going to nursing school at age 45 to become a LPN.

The greatest joy in her life was her family. She will always be remembered for her love of life and her devotion to family. She loved to cook, bake, and socialize with her large family. Recently, Belle enjoyed all forms of Bingo and loved working jigsaw puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Paul; 3 brothers, Peter, Carl, and Mike; and 2 sisters, Mary and Rose.

She is survived by her sons, Steven (Linda), and Nicholas (Diane); daughter, Donna (Jeannene); “daughter,” Barbara Politano; 3 grandchildren, Adam, Brynn, and Natasha; sister, Cecelia “Tillie” Gulan; special friend from the nursing home, Martha Kortes; favorite dog, Dani; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia, at 12:00 p.m. A visitation will be held one hour prior. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

5 thoughts on “Katherine Marie Vukelich”

  1. Jed Arlene Bergquist says:

    So sorry for your loss!
    Arlene & Jed

  2. Jeanne Gibson says:

    Our favorite aunt to visit. She showered us with love, laughter, and good food.

    Jeanne (Gibson), John, and Ross Feithen

  3. Millard Kendrick says:

    I would like to offer my sincere condolences to you
    Steve. I know the sadness of losing the one who gave you life. Please accept my best wishes for the lord’s
    healing of the sorrow in your heart.

  4. Doug and Mary Erickson says:

    So sorry to hear about Belle’s passing. We remember her as a kind and happy person. And a joy to be with.

    We had planned to be at the funeral today but now we find we won’t be able to attend. We are thinking of you and send our sincere sympathy for your loss.
    Doug and Mary Erickson

  5. John Bassing says:

    Steve,Nick and Donna,

    My sincere condolences to your family. As a child growing up on “North Side” I always felt welcome and wanted at Nick’s house. Fond, fond memories of your mom laughing while stirring her kraut and beans.

    John Bassing

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Wednesday 01/05/2022 at 12:00 PM
Holy Spirit Church, 2nd Street South, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 11:00 AM