Kathleen A. Garvin

Kathleen Ann Garvin age 76 of Dixon, Nebraska died on Tuesday, November 09, 2021 at MercyOne Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, November 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Dixon with the Rev. Jerry Connealy officiating.  Burial of her cremated remains will be at St. Ann’s cemetery in Dixon.  Visitation will be on Sunday, at church, from 3-5:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 4:00 p.m.  The family will receive friends on Monday one hour prior to services at the Church.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Laurel, NE.

Honorary pallbearers will be her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Kathleen Ann was born on January 16, 1945 in Laurel, Nebraska to Leo and Fern (Cleveland) Garvin.  She grew up in the Dixon area and attended elementary school in Dixon and graduated from Assumption Academy High School in Norfolk, Nebraska.  She went to college in Minnesota and Detroit, Michigan and received her Master’s degree in Psychology.  She devoted her life to spiritual and mental health.  Kathleen lived in New Hampshire, Boston, Lincoln, NE, Iowa City, and South Sioux City, NE.  Kathleen eventually moved back to Dixon, NE to help her sister MaryLee care for their mother Fern.  She would then move into live with Mary Lee in Dixon until her death.

Kathleen was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.  She loved dogs, flowers, herbs, family & friends and a good card game.  She always was up to a good prank or joke.

Kathleen is survived by her sister MaryLee Jensen of Dixon, NE; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Tom (Juanita “Jenny) Garvin; brother-in-law Norman Jensen; nieces Teresa Garvin, Sharon Jensen Freeman; and nephew Monte Jensen

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4 response to "Kathleen A. Garvin"

  1. By: Donna and Rick Peterson Posted: November 11, 2021

    MaryLee,
    We are sorry for your loss! Cherish all the wonderful memories! Thoughts and prayers to you at this sad time!
    Sympathy and hugs,
    Donna and Rick Peterson

  2. By: Lee Peters Posted: November 11, 2021

    I was devastated to hear about the news of Kathleen. She is my closest and best friend. We bonded as sisters both in and out of the habit. We shared new career challenges, vision and goals. We have what seems a lifetime of cherished memories of family and friends. We supported one another facing the challenges of what life offered and always managed to conquer obstacles. Kathleen will ALWAYS be remembered; I will never forget. FLY HIGH WITH THE ANGELS MY DEAREST FRIEND, My deepest condolences to Mary Lee and family. 💔 hearted in N.H. 💘 LEE Peters

  3. By: Donna Pelster Finkral Posted: November 15, 2021

    Dear MaryLee and Family. May our Lord keep you tightly wrapped in His Arms in this difficult time. My sympathy. Donna Pelster Finkral

  4. By: Rita Taylor Posted: November 16, 2021

    Well…..
    Kathleen, …. up until your service yesterday, I had no idea the level of your faith. I obviously heard mom’s “you and your hail Marys” but you were way beyond that. HA. It got me to thinking, that maybe you were sent to me…..
    The thing is I am socially awkward, I have never been good at connecting with people. I have always struggled with this. The last 6 months of mom’s life I tried to brace myself for what was ahead, I was not prepared at all. I was empty. Gut punching sadness.
    Blackness.
    Then there was you. There was no awkwardness. My internal walls were not up. I didn’t see it coming at all, suddenly you were just a pivotal part of all of our lives. It was effortless. No guard up, I could and did share everything with you. It wasn’t at all like you became a mother figure. The thing is you were mom’s best friend, then you became mine. I needed you, and you knew it. I’ve never known anyone so free with compliments, you built up everyone around you. Your hugs were marshmallow soft, I could really use one right now. Your humor was so in sync with mine. The only times you didn’t get the joke was when you were the butt of it. ha. You enjoyed a joke from every angle. Your laugh. Infectious.
    Among other things you laughed like a drunk sailor. I will never forget you Kathleen Garvin, you truly were a gift from God to me. And I’m going to miss you.

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