Kathryn Conway

Kathryn “Kathy” M. Conway, 75, of Lansing lost her battle with cancer Monday, February 27, 2023 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. In her final days she was surrounded by her loving husband and beloved children.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing with Fr. Joseph Sevcik officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Cemetery in Lansing. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a charity she supported for over 18 years.

Kathryn Mary Luth Conway was born August 14, 1947 in Waukon, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Thorsten Ferring) Luth. Sadly, her daddy died when she was 11 years old, a loss she felt deeply. Kathy was baptized at St. Mary’s Lycurgus Catholic Church in rural Waukon and confirmed at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing where she was a lifelong member. She graduated from Lansing Kee High School in 1965 and then worked as a secretary for Peters Insurance Agency in Lansing.

August 20, 1966, she married the boy next door and love of her life, Leo Joseph Conway, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing. They farmed together in Center Township, rural Lansing, where they milked cows and raised crops. Kathy enjoyed working on the farm, driving tractor, spending time with her family and grandchildren. She also looked forward to mowing the lawn, working in the garden, and cooking.

She loved watching basketball, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes, followed March Madness, and enjoyed her game shows and EWTN. Country music was her favorite, especially the song “Picture in a Frame” by Moe Bandy; Saturday mornings were spent listening to KNEI and the Lil’ Dale radio show.

Survivors include her husband, Leo, of Lansing; their children: Gregory (Jennifer) Conway and Gerald Conway, both of Lansing, Darcy (Daniel) Connelly of Harpers Ferry, Debra Conway of La Crosse, WI, and Gary (Gretchen) Conway of Springfield, IL; her grandchildren: Brandon and Caleb Conway, Damian and Sierra Schwier, Carter and Camden Conway, and Alyssa, Adelynn, Jackson and Wyatt Connelly; her siblings: Virginia (Mike) O’Hare, Lavonne (Tom) Callahan, Cindy (Jim) Callahan, Laure (George) Manning, Pam (Randy) Smith, and Robin (Dave) Johnson; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Theresa Lyons, Donna (Dick) Saddler, Mary (Roger) Quandahl, Kathy (Pat) Connelly, Pete (Diane) Conway, Kenny (Marsha) Conway and Richard (Ruth) Welch.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Jimmy Luth; her stepfather, Robert Ferring; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Peter and Veronica Conway; a sister-in-law, Ann Welch; and three brothers-in-law, Bob Pfiffner, Ralph Lyons and John Conway.

Casket bearers were Kathy’s grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.

A full obituary will appear in the March 8 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.