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Kathleen M. Clemen
October 6, 1951 - July 3, 2010


        Kathleen “Kathy” Madonna Clemen was born on October 6, 1951 in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Raymond and Lillian (Horna) Knipp. She grew up in the Waterloo area and graduated from Columbus High School in 1969 and later from Hawkeye Institute in 1971 as an LPN. On July 12, 1975 she was united in marriage to James “Jim” Clemen at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Waterloo. Kathy was working at Grandview Healthcare Center at the time of her death. Kathy enjoyed riding with Jim on their Gold Wing motorcycle. Kathy and Jim were proud members of the GWRRA (Gold Wing Road Riders Association) and were very active members. She was also a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Rosary Society, taught CCD for many years for Sacred Heart and was a Girl Scout Leader. Besides riding their bike, Kathy very much enjoyed traveling, camping, line dancing, crossword puzzles, word games, board games and scrapbooking. But her greatest joy was her family. She also loved to laugh. Her laugh was infectious and her ability to laugh came so naturally. She was a wonderful cook and she loved to bake. Kathy’s heart knew no bounds; she made room for all who needed her. Her family and friends will dearly miss her, but will always be better for having known and loved her.

            Kathy is survived by her husband, Jim; her children, Cindy Clemen of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Sharyn Clemen of Waterloo and Jason and his wife, Corinna and their daughter, Maiya Clemen of Waterloo; her siblings, Helen (Joe) Hellman of Washburn, Iowa, James (Conchita) Knipp of Waterloo, Mary (Jerry) Sisemore of Roseburg, Oregon, Gerard Knipp of Dunkerton, Iowa and David (Marcia) Knipp of Waterloo; brothers-in-law,  Kevin (Carol) Clemen of Amana, Iowa and Wayne Clemen of Masonville, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Kathy (Steve) Dolan of Manchester, Iowa and Laura (Dan) Kaiser of Masonville and Jim’s parents, Bob and Helen Clemen of Masonville; four God children, Don Hellman, Kesha Bean, Tamara Dolan and Lynn Johnson and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Lillian and a nephew, Joe Hellman.


SERVICES:  11:00 am on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Father Harry Koelker officiating. 

Due to the flooding in Oelwein - services were postponed and will be held Friday, July 9, 2010; 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.


VISITATION:  From 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 at Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein with a Parish Rosary at 4:00 pm and a scripture service at 7:00 pm.


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Gail Lofte on July 9, 2010 at 8:48 PM said:

My deepest sympathy to your family, and Kathys' several friends. I worked with Kathy at Grandview for several years. She always had a smile and was happy. She will be greatly missed!
Suzette (Hurst) Foster on July 8, 2010 at 12:57 PM said:

This news is shocking and saddening. I worked with Kathy at Grandview when I was living in Fairbank. She & her husband Jim sold & set up my 1st computer & taught me how to get on-line. She was a WONDERFUL person and I am sorry for your loss. Suzette
Barb Helmrich on July 8, 2010 at 5:55 AM said:

I am so sorry to hear of Kathy's passing...you are all in my prayers. Barb~
Tara Kraft on July 7, 2010 at 7:33 PM said:

To the Family of Kathy,
I am saddened to hear of Kathy's passing, she was a great person who I will miss when I visit Grandview.
Joni Craig on July 7, 2010 at 6:49 PM said:

Jim and Family, Bob and Helen, Kathy, Laura, Wayne, Kevin-
I am so sorry to just hear about Kathy. That is very sad news, my heart goes out to each of you. Take care. I will call Kathy or Laura on Thursday. So sorry to have missed you today and earlier this week.
Julie Helmrich on July 7, 2010 at 5:34 PM said:

Jim ~ I am so very sorry to learn of Kathy's death! Oh, dear ...what you must be going through. If I can be of help please call me. Your sister Kathy has my number. Hang in there!
Tina Huffman on July 7, 2010 at 8:09 AM said:

She was a great person. I had many encounters with her through my job and graduated with her son. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Bud & Pat Brown Springfield Mo. on July 7, 2010 at 7:54 AM said:

All of our sympathy Jim & family during this time of sorrow.
Lynn Johnson on July 6, 2010 at 9:21 PM said:

This really sums up who Aunt Kate was especially her laugh which was always non-stop and she never had a problem lighting up the room with her hugh smile. My prayers are with everyone, Time will heal. I love you Aunt Kate.
Waterloo Columbus High School Alumni on July 6, 2010 at 12:59 PM said:

Our deepest sympathy to Kathy's family and friends.

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