Kathleen Lois (Quinlan) Sippy, 95, of rural Oxford/Norway, Iowa, passed away Wednesday evening, Sept. 12, 2018, at The Bird House of Iowa City. As in all of her important occasions, her loving family was by her side. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at St. John XXIII Catholic Church, Fairfax, with Father Vu officiating. Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the church. Memorials may be directed for the family to use at their discretion. Online condolences can be sent at www.hrabakfuneralhome.com.
Kathleen was born Aug. 6, 1923, to William J. and Barbara A. (Tomash) Quinlan in a farmhouse near Cosgrove, Iowa. She was the oldest of five children, Eileen, Rose Ann, Larry and Jerry. She graduated from Oxford High School in 1941 and taught in a one-room schoolhouse near the Iowa River bottom. On her 20th birthday, she took a train to Chicago, where she enlisted in the WAVES (United States Naval Reserve). She trained in the Bronx and Brooklyn, N.Y.; then served in Jacksonville, Fla.; Bethesda, Md.; Shoemaker, Calif.; and eventually Base 8 Hospital, Pearl Harbor, earning the rank of pharmacist's mate third class. After the war, she attended art school at Cornell College on the GI Bill.
Kenneth Sippy and Kathleen were married in December 1948 and remained a devoted couple for 68 years. They farmed many years near Oxford and then the Norway, Iowa, area. She was the mother of 10 children, five boys and five girls, grandmother to 25 children and great-grandmother to 13 children. She worked at Mercy Hospital and the UI College of Dentistry in central sterilization. In 2012, she and her husband Kenneth traveled together to Washington, D.C., as honorees with the Veterans Honor Flight. She was a member of the Fairfax American Legion Pekomy Post 572.
She had a gift for attracting people young and old and loved nature, taking walks, feeding the birds, and marveling at the beauty of this world. She kept an enormous and productive garden. Her grandchildren were the joy of her life. She had a special way of loving each and every one.
She taught us the importance of kindness, gratitude and humility; virtues that are surely the essence of a rewarding life. She was truly a good person in thought and deed, had a generous heart, and was a warm and wonderful human being. The umbrella of her love and acceptance will live on long after she is gone. We love you to pieces, Mom!
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Noyes Sippy; and their son, Francis Joseph Sippy.
She is survived by nine children and their spouses, Michele Gerdes, Thomas (Jean) Sippy, Sheila (Larry) Trevena, Karen (Dale) Ries, Kevin (Alisa) Sippy, Brian (Marietta) Sippy, Julie (Gary) Rickert, Timothy (Yvonne) Sippy and Bridget (Scott) Peters.
Our family wishes to thank the staff of Solon Assisted Living for their years of excellent care of our mother. We would also like to thank Iowa City Hospice and The Bird House for their compassionate care of Mom in her final days.
Brosh Funeral Service of Norway is assisting the family.