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In Memory of Kathryn Dunlap

Gathering of Family and Friends

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday January 17, 2020
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday January 18, 2020
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

Gathering of Family and Friends prior to Mass

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Saturday January 18, 2020
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

Kathryn E. Dunlap, age 71 of Hudson, died unexpectedly due to a pulmonary embolism on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN. Kathy was born on December 20, 1948, in Boscobel, WI, to parents Robert and Virginia (Gasser) Schmidt. She grew up in Boscobel and graduated from Boscobel High School with the class of 1967. Kathy continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned a degree in speech pathology. While at college, she met the love of her life, Stephen Dunlap, and the couple were united in marriage on August 21, 1971 in Boscobel. Kathy and Steve moved to Omaha, NE for a few years before relocating to Superior, WI where their son, Matthew was born. In 1976, the family moved to Hudson, and later grew with the birth of daughter, Anne. Kathy exemplified strength, loyalty and selflessness taking care of her family, and worked for many years as the Children Services Administrator for St. Croix County Health and Human Services.

Kathy’s greatest joy in life was her family, and above everything else, she cherished the time spent with her grandchildren. Kathy enjoyed flower gardening and growing vegetables, and was fond of playing golf, traveling, and cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers. She liked to cook and appreciated a good meal and socializing with friends.

Kathy will remain in the hearts of her husband of 48 years, Steve; children, Matt (Jessie) Dunlap, and Anne (Matt) Krukowski; grandchildren, Liv and John Dunlap; and Jackson Krukowski; siblings, Jacklyn (DuWayne) Johnsrud, Robert (Janice) Schmidt, and Mary (Gary) Lezala; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Kathy will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18th at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson. A gathering of family and friends will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, January 17th at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, and one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice in Kathy’s honor.

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    • Steve and family, we were just informed yesterday of the passing of your dearest wife, mother, grandmother and friend. We are so sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all🙏🏻🙏🏻
      Rest In Peace Kathy🙏🏻🙏🏻

    • Dear Steve, Matt, Anne and your precious little ones,

      It is with great sadness that I send my love to you. Such a sudden and unexpected event with Kathy’s passing. I wish you nothing but beautiful memories. We must hold our loved ones close and never forget that we will be together again. Life is short and very precious. The tributes are wonderful remembrances of how much your dear wife, mother and grandmother was loved. Peace for your broken hearts.


    • I am so very sorry for your loss! You & Kathy had been married a very long time, which is a testimony to your love for each other.

    • Dear Steve,

      So sad to hear through John Bunce of Kathy’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Chris and I had the pleasure of meeting Kathy while we were all attending UW. She was a beautiful person. I trust that your faith will provide some counsel and comfort to you all. Having been married for 49 years I can well imagine the loss that you are experiencing.

      You are in my daily prayers.

      Jim Nantell

    • Steve: I am so sorry to hear (through FCC posts) of your loss. Please accept my condolences. David

    • Steve, Matt & Ann, I just learned of Kathy’s passing & unfortunately it was because I contacted Steve’s office for assistance with my mom’s estate (who just passed away last Friday). I’ve kept up with the happenings of the Dunlap family through my mom & always loved hearing about the families that the kids I used to babysit for now had! Just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you & your family.

    • Steve and family, I am just finding out today about this sad loss. We are so very sorry!! Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all during these very tough times ahead. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you in this sad time. Kathy was one beautiful lady- inside and out- she will be missed by so many!! Keep her warm memories close to your hearts always!! Hug!! Kathy and Paul anderson

    • Kathy’s spirit lives on in so many of us who knew her, loved her, and learned from her. She believed in us, and helped many of us grow in serving our purpose and helping others. We share in your grief, and find comfort in knowing that we can continue to do our work and have meaningful impact in her honor.

      Mary Paulson and Timothy Markgraf

    • Stephen, Matt, and Anne,

      I am so very sorry for your loss and hope that all the wonderful memories of Kathy are with you daily. Kathy — as well as all of you — were always so good to me and St. Patrick School; thank you. May comfort, love, and peace be with you all during this difficult time.

      Rick/Mr. DuBois

    • Steve, Matt, and Ann,
      Barb and I were so sorry to learn of Kathy’s death! We remember being at your home for the St. Patrick’s Day meal was one of our best memories. I want to also say ‘thanks’ Steve for helping us with Carrie Domino problem. Ann, Barb and I comment frequently about what an uplifting experience it was to have you service us at San Pedro’s.
      Terry and Barb Domino

    • Steve, I am so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your wife, Kathryn. She was delightful to know at the FCC state conferences. Condolences to all your family.

    • We were so saddened to read of Kathy’s sudden passing. We have many fond memories of years ago as our “path’s” were constantly passing!!!
      We hold you and your wonderful family in our prayers.
      Bob and Julie Mudge

    • So sorry of Kathy’s passing Steve. We met Kathy thru my brother Roger/Patsy Bevers. She was a first class lady. Friendly and caring person. She will be missed by many. RIP Kathy. Thoughts and Prayers to Steve and Family.

    • Dear Steve and family,

      It is with so much sadness that I write this tribute for Kathy She was my supervisor for twenty two years in Child protective services with St. Croix County. She was an incredible mentor to me and I loved her wisdom and guidance as a mother and social worker. We enjoyed so much laughter and, of course, tears.

      My deepest sympathy goes out to you Steve, Matt, Anne, your spouses, grandchildren, and family. Kathy always talked about her children and their spouses, grandchildren, and her family both hers and Steve’s. We learned so much about what a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother she was! And in that know also how she was again a mentor/inspiration to me. I hope these words give you all some comfort in the days ahead! May God’s peace and love surround all of you at this time!

    • Sorry to hear of your loss, Steve. We are thinking of you. Lean on your friends during this difficult time.

    • I was devastated to hear about Kathy. She was such a wonderful, kind woman who brightened up our lives. I will always have the memories of her at the “Brown” cabin and watching Anne and Matt grow up. We are in the Caribbean now, but send our heartfelt wishes to you and the family. May your hearts mend with time and wonderful memories. She was a great lady.

    • Steve and Family,

      Sue and I are so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing away. We enjoyed getting to know both of you at FCC conferences. She was always smiling and making arrangements for the continuation of your weekend! Please know we are thinking of you at this sad time.

    • I worked at Human Services with Kathy for many years. She was a rock, both personally and professionally, a force for decency and fairness, and kept her sense of humor through it all. Thank you to her family for sharing her with us all those years. We are better for it. We grieve with you. May God’s peace & comfort surround her family during this time.

    • Steve—I heard through the family court commissioners of the loss of your wife. Condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.

    • Our sympathies to Steve and family. We knew Kathy from school days in Boscobel and have loved running into her occasionally in Hudson as our children were in school and later. God bless all of you in this difficult time.

    • This sad news was delivered to me by her best friend, Patsy. What a sweet soul I grew to know, and with a sassy sense of humor to boot. Kathy’s family was blessed to have had such a great person among them. RIP. P&L

    • This came as such a shock, I’m still in disbelief. Kathy was an awesome friend and a mentor to me. I often reference her teachings with my current staff in Pierce County. We laughed together and knocked heads from time to time. The best thing is I always knew where I stood with her. Even if that was in the “dog house”! 🙂 I take that back, always knowing where I stood was the second best thing, the best thing was trying to follow what she was saying with the words she would simply (and proudly) make up. Then when called out she would reply with a smirk, “My formal education is in speech therapy, I’m allowed to make up words!” I loved her and will miss her dearly. May God bless Steve, and the rest of her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    • If I were to write what Kathy meant to me it would be too long to read. She was like a big sister and a big influence on my life. She was an awesome boss and friend. She was there for me when I needed her and always listened. What a loss for her family, friends and community. She will be missed by so many. Hope all our thoughts and prayers give you some comfort Dunlap family. We share in your grief.