Kathleen Baugher

Kathleen “Katie” Theresa Baugher, age 93, of Quincy, IL, formerly of rural Payson, IL, passed away peacefully at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 16 in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church by the Rev. Thomas Hagstrom. Interment was in St. Anthony Cemetery in Quincy, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the K of C TV Mass or to St. Anthony Cemetery.
Katie was born May 14, 1921 in Independence, the daughter of Pearley John and Margaret (Lane) Pettit.  She married Edmund Wilson Baugher May 1, 1945 at St. Mary’s Church in Cheyenne, WY. He preceded her in death in 1992.
Katie grew up in northeast Iowa, graduating in 1939 from Immaculate Conception High School in Lansing. She was working at St. Francis Hospital in La Crosse, WI during WWII when she met her future husband, Ed, who was stationed at nearby Camp McCoy, WI.
After the war, the couple moved to Plainville, IL where they farmed and raised seven children, her “Lucky 7”.  Later Katie went to work at St. Mary Hospital in the surgery department, from which she retired in 1987 after 23 years.
Katie loved spending time with her friends and family. She loved playing cards, especially Canasta.  She loved to travel, and even short trips to visit her family and old friends in Iowa were greatly enjoyed. She traveled often to visit her children and extended family, which took her to 16 states, including both the east coast and the west coast. During one of her trips to Virginia she took a side trip to Washington, D.C. to tour the memorials, and on another visit to New York City she toured Castle Garden, where her grandmother entered the U.S. when she emigrated from Ireland.
Perhaps the trip she cherished the most was her trip to Ireland with one of her daughters. They worked on family history and stayed during part of their trip in Castleblaney, the hometown of her grandmother, Catherine Coogan, where Katie got to walk the streets of her ancestors.
When she wasn’t working or caring for her family, Katie loved to do crafts and volunteer. She was a long-time member of St. Anthony Parish and used to be very active in its Altar Society and parish picnic. She was also a member of the quilting group for many years. More recently she was a member of the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary and the Marine Corps League Auxiliary.
Katie is survived by her seven children, Mary (Thomas) Venvertloh, Anna, Catherine and Lisa, all of Quincy, IL, Patricia (Daniel) Wallace of Milwaukee, WI, Harley (Theresa Wiewel) of Barry, IL and Woodford of North Platte, NE. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Joyce (Brad) Serangeli of St. Peters, MO, Heather Singleton and her significant other John Nissen of Fulton, MO, Shelley Pietras of Greenfield, WI, Bill (Patti) Baugher of Illinois City, IL, USAF Lt. Col. Matthew (Mandy) Baugher of Tucson, AZ, Eric (Kelly) Wallace of Hales Corner, WI, Holly Baugher of Overland, MO, Daniel Wallace of Milwaukee, WI, Charles (Tracy) Venvertloh, Aaron Baugher, Kevin Venvertloh and significant other Vickie Schwartz, Jason (Alaine) Baugher, all of Quincy, IL, Laura (Jeff) Reis of Barry, IL and Amelia Baugher of Plainville, IL.
Katie is also survived by 24 great-grandchildren, Anthony, Benjamin and Kathleen Serangeli of St. Peters, MO, Lindsey (Jake) Tanner, Marah and Lainey Franklin, all of Fulton, MO, Joseph, Brianna North and Baylie Pietras of Greenfield, WI, Kaelen Baugher of Illinois City, IL, William Baugher of Tucson, AZ, Kayla and Nolan Wallace of Hales Corner, WI, Aubrey, Maxwell and Clay Venvertloh and Harley, Lily and Grace Baugher, all of Quincy, IL, Rachel (Michael) Whitlock of Baylis, IL, Pvt. Samantha (stationed with the Illinois National Guard in Virginia), Elizabeth, Stephen and James Reis of Barry, IL; and five step-great-grandchildren, Teala and Keely Wagner of Quincy, IL, Keira Templin of Hales Corner, WI, and Joey and Tasia Pietras of Greenfield, WI.
She is also survived by three great-great-grandchildren, Olivia and Brandon Whitlock of Baylis, IL and Beau Tanner of Fulton, MO; one step-great-great-granddaughter, Mae Ray of Quincy, IL; one sister, Julia (Judy) Martin of West Union; one sister-in-law, Maureen Baugher of Quincy, IL; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Francis (Jack) Pettit; a sister, Mary Riley; three grandchildren, Adam and Edmund Baugher and Thomas Venvertloh, Jr.; and a great-granddaughter, Angel Baugher, all in infancy.