Celebrating the life of Kathleen Coyne Deischel
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A Graveside Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Mt. St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery of Anthon, Iowa. Msgr. Mark Duchaine will officiate; The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Anthon, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com.
On Wednesday January 31, 2018 we tragically lost Kathy when her car was hit the previous day by a thoughtless drunk driver in West Allis, Wisconsin. She had spent the day attending Mass and seeing a movie with a dear friend. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
She was born to Emma (Dixon) and Thomas Coyne in Anthon Iowa. Being the fifth of nine children, there was always something to do, this we are sure was where her life long love to serve others began. Perhaps that is why she played basketball at Anthon High School because she was 5'9" tall. She had a life long love of music, played a variety of musical instruments and the organ at St Joseph's Catholic Church. One of her first jobs was as at the Star Movie theatre in Anthon where she adored watching movie musicals. In 1957 she graduated from Anthon High School and was accepted at Briar Cliff College. She graduated with Honors with a B.A. in education, she then moved to Minneapolis for an opportunity to teach elementary school. She fell in love in Minneapolis then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, got married and started a family.
Her work life included teaching elementary school, assisting as clerical staff at Allis Chalmers and working in customer service at Milwaukee Electric Tool. Later in life, after her divorce, she found herself back in Manson, Iowa taking care of her elderly parents and working with family in Sheila B’s popcorn factory. Reconnecting with her siblings and extended family brought her much happiness. She continued her mother’s role as the family genealogist. She also made friends while working in Fort Dodge. Returning to Milwaukee after 10 years in Iowa, she enjoyed retirement spending time with her grandchildren, church community and rejoined her long active bridge club.
She is survived by her three children, Julie Swietlik, Shaun Sparacio (John), Scott Deischel (Mary) and her four grandchildren, Joseph, Matthew, Nathan and Jacob. Her siblings Mary Casillas (Joseph), Jeanne Naughton (Jerry), Jay Coyne (Jeanette), Nancy Brown, Sheila Bradley, Michael Coyne, Colleen Wright (Terry), as well as many other family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Emma Coyne, infant brother Francis, sister Franciscan Nun Julie Anne Coyne, the father of her children Charles “Woody” Deischel, brothers-in-law Hank Brown and Clarence “Brad” Bradley, and niece Maureen Houston (née Naughton).
A Catholic Funeral Mass in celebration of her life was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 3, 2018 at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church.