Katherine Molyneaux

Posted Online: Aug. 24, 2014, 9:00 pm
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Katherine "Katie" Molyneaux, of Davenport, died in peace at home Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, after a brief illness from metastatic squamous cell cancer.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., downtown Davenport, with a rosary at 6 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 916 E. Rusholme, Davenport. The body is being donated to the Mayo Clinic.
Katie was born Sept. 17, 1933, and graduated from St. Clara's Academy, Sinsinawa, Wis., and the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minn., with a major in English. She and Dan were blessed with six children, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was a stay-at-home mom for her early married years but embarked on a career as a travel agent at KDM Travel in 1977 with and for her daughter, Marie Frandsen.
She also took on many responsibilities for dances at St. Paul's and Assumption High School, past president of St. Paul the Apostle Auxiliary, Junior Board of the VNA and the St. Paul school bus organizer.
She was one of the original committee chairmen for what is now the John Deere Classic, organizing hundreds of volunteers for each tournament. Her post-tournament parties for the tournament committee members and volunteers were never to be missed and went on for many years. Highlights included Fuzzy Zoeller giving golf lessons to her son, Dan, in the backyard and hosting Payne Stewart after his first PGA win.
Some of her greatest joys were her husband, Dan, family gatherings, cards with friends, knitting, puzzles, travel with her husband, children and their families (particularly cruises), time in Florida, watching any tennis match, Notre Dame football, good food and preprandial cocktails.
Katie is survived by her husband, Dan, of more than 59 years; her children and their spouses, Lisa Hardy, Sioux Falls, S.D., Cathi (David) Brain, Kansas City, Mo., Marie Frandsen, Davenport, Meg (Jeff) Courter, West Des Moines, Anne (Pam Coon) Molyneaux, Davenport, and Dan (Jenny) Molyneaux, Bettendorf; her grandchildren and their spouses, Allison (Jordon Wiggins) Hardy, Megan (Mark) Henderson, Matt Hardy, Ben (Jordan) Hardy, Andrew Brain, Caroline Brain, Charlie Brain, Philip Brain, Nate (Jennifer) Frandsen, Andy Frandsen, Jack Courter, Kate Courter, Peter Molyneaux, Ellie Molyneaux and John Molyneaux.
Besides her husband, she leaves behind her sisters, Terese Nobis and Helen (Mario) Vanni; and her brother and sisters-in-law, Ann Spaeth, Rosemary Spaeth, Joe Hansen, Barbara Spaeth, Jane (Peter) Cannon and Carole (Joe) Dillon, plus numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Edith (Nussbaum) Spaeth; brothers, Bernard, Carl, Louis, Jim and Tony; sisters, Margaret Stegmaier, Susie Dougherty, Ann Marie Hansen; and her brother and sisters-in-law, Florence Spaeth, Otto Stegmaier, Eileen Spaeth, Charles Dougherty and H. Dick Nobis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Assumption High School Foundation or Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.
God and life are good!
May she rest in the bosom of Abraham.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Katie's
obituary at hmdfuneralhome.com.


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