Ashley Nicole Kajewski
Ashley Nicole Kajewski,
30, of Marion, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. The family will have a private family prayer service conducted by Deacon Kevin Hagarty followed by a drive-through visitation from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 22, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. Family and friends will be allowed to pass by Ashley's casket and must remain in your vehicle. A contactless bin will be provided for those who would like to leave cards and memorials. We encourage everyone to sign our online guestbook and please wear a mask. A private family funeral service will be held on Saturday with interment to follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with Pastor Brody Tubaugh officiating. The funeral service will be livestreamed on Saturday at 2 p.m. and may be viewed at youtube/oTaxokCDUko.
Ashley was born July 16, 1989, to Stephen Kajewski and Diane Bassett in Algona, Iowa. She graduated from Algona High School in 2008. Ashley was very involved in sports and activities all four years. She played volleyball, basketball and softball, ran track and was a wrestling cheerleader. After graduation, Ashley continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. She graduated from UNI with her bachelor's degree in 2012. Ashley moved to the Des Moines area after graduation and began working for Principal Financial Group. Her work took her back to the Cedar Falls area. She met Aaron about four years ago and they were set to be married on May 22, 2021. Ashley's spirit will live on in Camden, Ashley and Aaron's newborn son.
She was a self-proclaimed "favorite aunt" who
enjoyed spending time with family, especially her
nieces and nephews. Ashley was a twin. Growing up, there weren't many times you would see her without her twin, Nick. These two carry a special connection.
Ashley enjoyed going to country music concerts, playing sand volleyball, and spending countless hours hanging out with dear friends, making funny videos and laughing. She had one of those laughs you will never forget. Ashley had a way of making people feel included and loved.
Ashley's dream always was to get married and start a family. She was having so much fun planning all the details of her dream wedding to Aaron.
Those left to cherish her memory are her fiance, Aaron Lehman, his son, Benjamin, and Ashley and Aaron's newborn son, Camden, all of Marion; her father, Stephen Kajewski of Algona; her mother, Diane (James) Bassett of Kansas City, Mo.; Aaron's father, Robert Lehman of Bradenton, Fla.; Aaron's mother, Sheila Lehman of Cedar Rapids; her brothers and sisters, Nate (Jody) Kajewski of Algona, Amy (Brad) Olson of Norwalk, Angie (Ash) Larsen of Reinbeck, Abby (Adam) Christy of Ridgefield, Wash., Jason (Carly) Kajewski of Adel, Nick (Bri) Kajewski of Norwalk and Allison (Korey) Kletschke of Dakota Dunes, S.D.; and 14 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Melvin and Betty Engelbarts, and John and Elvera Kajewski; aunts, Sue Mergen and Sheryl Plathe; uncle, Mike Kajewski; and cousins, Aubrey and Tony Lane.
The family requests no flowers, instead that memorials in Ashley's memory be directed to the St. Luke's Birth Care Center at 1026 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.
Please share a memory of Ashley at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.