Kathleen A. Duffy

Kathleen A. Duffy, 78, of Sumner, died Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner with Rev. Don Komboh celebrating the Mass. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery rural Sumner. Visitation will be held at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 24, and for one hour preceding services at the church on Saturday. A Rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. and a Scripture Service at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, both at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. 

Kathleen, daughter of Matthew and Bernice (Marr) Kelly, was born July 25, 1939, at New Haven. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter Catholic Church in New Haven. Kathleen received her early education in the New Haven Schools and graduated from New Haven High School in 1957. She continued her education at Mount Mercy College and graduated with a Teaching Certificate in 1959. Kathleen taught elementary school in Winthrop, prior to being united in marriage with Jim Duffy on June 10, 1961, at St. Peter Catholic Church in New Haven. The couple made their home in rural Sumner, where they farmed for many years. Kathleen was a long time member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner, where she sang in the Church Choir for many years. She was also a member of a local card club. Kathleen enjoyed reading, music, baking, sewing, but most especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Jim of Sumner, two sons, Patrick (Lisa) Duffy of Sumner, and Michael (Laura) Duffy of Eagan, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Shane and Brennan Duffy of Sumner, Callen, Lucas, and Maria Duffy of Eagan, Minnesota; one brother, Pat Kelly of Fort Smith, Arkansas; and one sister, Mary Kelly of Yankton, South Dakota.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Ellen, who died July 30, 2011, one brother, Larry Kelly; and one sister, Ann Appleton.



Tuyen Pham on December 3, 2017 at 3:25 PM said:

With deepest sympathy. May my Lord and his Mother Mary welcome your mother into their loving arms, and may He provide you and your family comfort during this difficult time.
Tom McLey & Marla Goodwin on November 28, 2017 at 9:23 AM said:

Sincerest sympathies to the Duffy family and to all who celebrate her life as they mourn their loss. Even though we didn't know her, we admire her through the eyes of others as shared on this site and the kindness of her children.
Cris Beckers on November 27, 2017 at 2:42 PM said:

Mike -

I am very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. It sounds like she was a wonderful person with a caring spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time.
Steve and Patti Benson on November 25, 2017 at 9:24 AM said:

Mike, we are so sorry for your loss. We send our love, and keep you and your family in our prayers.
Diane & Joe Zabel on November 24, 2017 at 11:08 AM said:

We have many fond memories of Kathleen. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim, Pat & family, & Mike and family.
Sandy Jaschen on November 22, 2017 at 6:04 PM said:

Dear Jim and family,
Dave and I send our sympathy to all of you. Kathleen was a
wonderful person. Fond memories will remain with all who knew her.
Dave and Sandy Jaschen
Delmar and Carol Mutschler on November 22, 2017 at 4:58 PM said:

Sympathy & prayers for the Duffy Family. Kathleen was such a nice lady. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel.
Michael Anderson on November 22, 2017 at 3:16 PM said:

Mike, we are sorry for your loss. Knowing you I know she was a wonderful person. God Bless you and your family.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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