Ann Kathleen Bloomquist of Washburn, Wisconsin was born in Austin, Texas on September 26, 1939, sharing a birthday with her sister Rebecca. A poet, bassoonist, artist, bookseller, ham radio operator, wife, and mother, Kathi was a left-handed iconoclast, always curious about epistemology, philosophy, literature, and music, and always ready for an intellectual challenge. At the same time, her droll sense of humor and ready laughter were infectious to those around her.
Some of her paintings are in the Bloomquist Gallery in Washburn, along with those by David, her husband and well-known ragtime piano player, and Art, her late father-in-law and prominent Wisconsin artist (Kathi had said she married David so she could hang her own paintings as well). For several years, Kathi and David operated Birchbark Books, an online bookstore. Kathi has lived in Washburn for 29 years, after moving from Mesa, Arizona and marrying David in July of 1990.
She attended Murray State College in Kentucky; Arizona State College in Flagstaff; and Indiana University, where she studied instrumental and choral music and became a proficient bassoonist, later playing in several orchestras, including the Spokane Symphony, the Anchorage Symphony, and the Alaska Methodist University Chamber Orchestra. She gave lessons in bassoon, flute, and piano. She later played banjo in the Ravin' Dave Trio.
Kathi had a lifelong interest in integrative health, including chiropractic and nutritional approaches. Her continued interest in cooking reflected healthful, balanced dietary choices, and her specialties were vegan recipes. She also enjoyed researching family genealogy and was an animal-lover, instilled by her family's love of cats.
She is survived by her husband David Bloomquist of Washburn; daughter Heather Singletary of Post Falls, Idaho; sisters Becky (Steve) Gianino of Augusta, Georgia, and Susan Stevens of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; nieces and nephews Ruth Gianino of Savannah, Georgia; Sarah (Richard) Weimar of Augusta, Georgia; David Gianino of Chester, Virginia; Daniel Gianino of Augusta, Georgia, and Brent Stevens of Atlanta, Georgia; grand-nieces and -nephew Agnes Elizabeth Weimar and Petra Grace Weimar of Augusta, Georgia, and Sean Michael Stevens of Atlanta, Georgia; and sister-in-law Carol (Herbert) Traxler of New Carrollton, Maryland. She was predeceased by her parents Walter Cox and Johnnye Joyce Marie Tyson Cox, who lived in Texas during Kathi's youth, and traveled in civil service positions throughout the United States and in Austria, France, and Japan. She was also predeceased by her grandniece Brionna Stevens of Atlanta, Georgia.
Two previous marriages to Robert Singletary and Warren Brown ended in divorce.
Kathi had been in rehabilitation at Court Manor in Ashland since June 21. On July 20 she was taken by ambulance to St. Mary's in Duluth with irregular blood pressure and pulse and with sepsis. Kathi passed away in her sleep on July 29, 2019 at St. Mary's. Her ashes will be scattered by the family according to her wishes.