Wednesday, March 3, 2021


Kirsten Klagenberg Doherty (1933-2014)

Kirsten Klagenberg Doherty passed away peacefully at her home outside Arbuckle, California on June 17, 2014. Kirsten was born in Varde, Denmark on September 14, 1933 to her parents Ane and  Jens Peter Friedel Klagenberg. She was the fifth of seven children. Siblings Ejner, Henning (Lis), Gerda (Arne), Inge, Rask (Carol) and Jorgen (Carol) were a treasured part of her life.

From 1940-1945 Kirsten lived through the German occupation of Denmark.¬† Kirsten would often tell her children and grandchildren stories of these trying times. Later Kirsten would move to Paris, France to live with a family as an au pair while attending the Sorbonne University. Her thirst for adventure and travel would later lead her to answer an advertisement for an au pair to help raise three girls in Northern California.¬† Not knowing that Maureen ‚ÄúLadybug‚ÄĚ Doherty who had place the advertisement would years later become her sister and lifelong friend and the girls to become her nieces.

Having worked for Ladybug Doherty for a period of time, Kirsten returned to Denmark and went about looking for employment.  With her fluency in five languages she found employment with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) working in customer relations. Scandinavian Airlines had a position open in San Francisco, so back to California Kirsten went. Kirsten loved working for SAS. The opportunity to travel, (The Orient, Europe) and meeting and helping people was ideal.

While living and working in San Francisco, Michael V. Doherty a rice farmer in the Dunnigan-Arbuckle area remembered meeting the Danish au pair, called her and asked her to go to dinner with him.  Michael Vincent Doherty and Kirsten Klagenberg were married at Lake Tahoe, California on November 5, 1966. Michael’s four children from a previous marriage, Jim (Rene), Michelle, Alison (Peter), and Julie were there at the wedding.

Michael and Kirsten had three sons together: Michael (Amy), Sean (Melissa), and P.Timothy (Susie) who were raised on their farm on County Line Road. All three shared the family’s love of skiing at Heavenly Valley, trips to the Mendocino Coast, long and short road trips with family and friends and farming. Michael and Kirsten were blessed with many grandchildren and loved to spend time with them.

Kirsten was a past president of Omega-Nu, a 4-H Leader and a member of O.S.S.T.T. She enjoyed playing tennis with the ladies in Colusa, meeting with her investment club group, and attending the symphony series in San Francisco with her many friends.  She was proud to be a supporter of the Pierce School District for many years.

Kirsten was preceded in death by her husband Michael, brothers Ejner, Henning and Rask and her sister Gerda. The family suggests that donations may be made in her memory to the Omega Nu scholarship fund P.O. Box 747, Colusa, Ca. 95932 or to the charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank Pamela Byrd-Dunn and her staff and also thank you to the staff at Yolo Hospice.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday June 25th at the Arbuckle Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of McNary-Moore Funeral Service FD-410



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