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Kathryn K. Niggemann

(Nee Mayer) Born to Eternal Life Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at the age of 95. Preceded in death by her beloved husband Anthony, her parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Loving mother of Patricia (Lee) Hribar, Charles Niggemann, Mary Reining, Kathryn Murray and Judith (Joseph) Schmoeckel. Cherished grandmother of Lori (Rob) Mierendorf, David (Julie), Michael (Diane) and Mark (Jennifer) Hribar, Lisa (Don) Gramer, Amy (Keith) Goodle, Steven (Jessica) Hribar, Rebecca and Jessica Niggemann, Michele (Kurt) Alberstett, Angela (Rich) DuBose, Christopher Reining, and Katie and Ann Schmoeckel. Proud great-grandmother of Morgan and Nathan Mierendorf; Austin, Ethan, Dalton, Hannah, Collin, Mary, Megan, Kaitlyn, Dominic, Alexander and Gabriella Hribar; Teresa, Donny and Jacob Gramer; Sarah and Rachel Goodle; Luke, Alex and Mary Kate Alberstett; and Lucy DuBose. Further survived by other relatives and special friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 10:30 AM, at BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH, 3100 S. 41st St., with visitation at the Church from 9:30–10:30 AM. Visitation will also be held Monday from 4-8 PM at the funeral home, with a Vigil Service at 7 PM. Entombment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Kathryn inspired many through her teaching and leadership roles. Her teaching career spanned 48 years – some in a Taylor County one-room school house but most at Blessed Sacrament and St. Roman’s Catholic Schools in Milwaukee. She was active in many church, school and community organizations. She remained busy to the end, still serving at Blessed Sacrament as Co-President of the Senior Group and Liaison Officer of the Christian Women’s Society; Church Commissioner of MACCW and MACCW Dist. 16; Knights of Columbus #524 Auxilliary member, Co-Chair of the Jackson Park 4th of July Committee and ad committee member of MAHNU. Kathryn’s accomplishments include State Spelling Bee Champ (age 11), Alverno College graduate and City and County honors for her positive impact on the community. Kathryn will be greatly missed. Her influence will live on in the lives of many. A sincere thank you to the staff at Clement Manor for the loving care given Kathryn. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for a scholarship fund in Kathryn’s honor are suggested.


  • Barbara Rutkowski says:

    Kindly accept my sympathies on the passing of Kathryn. She was a dynamic woman who touched many lives among her large family and friends. May God bless her and the rest of the family.

  • Leon & Lucille Brandner says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Kathryn’s passing. It was such a pleasure to meet her and Kathryn Murray at the MACCW convention in Elm Grove in May. She was truly a special woman. God bless her and be with all of you at this sad time.

  • Lori Fetzer (nee Tarkowski) says:

    I was a student of Mrs. Kay Niggemann’s at St Roman’s back in 1980-82. I can fondly remember many things about her classroom and about her vibrant personality. She was devoted, kind, creative, hard-working, fun-loving, and dedicated. The projects she developed for and with her students, both the academic and the artistic, were inspiring and memorable. And the daunting task of making 8th grade graduation a memorable occasion was one she took on with determination, grace and pride! She taught the Christian/Catholic doctrine from the text, I remember – reading/studying the bible, making a mosaic of one of the stations of the cross,etc. What I distinctly remember is always thinking of her, even at the ripe young age of 12 and 13, as an example of how to live with integrity.
    I am sorry for your loss and happy to have known and been influenced by such a remarkable woman.
    Lori Fetzer (Nee Tarkowski)

  • Dave and Renee Niggemann says:

    Please accept our condolences on the loss of Aunt Kathryn. She was a very dedicated, accomplished and goal oriented lady. She will be long remembered. Lots of memories of her, Uncle Tony and your family. We will keep her and your family in our prayers.

  • Fr. Domenic Roscioli says:

    I shall miss Kathyrn Niggemann!Kathyrn was active in her Catholic Faith in so many ways.I have known her and admired her for many years.She really loved the MACCW[Milwaukee Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women] and worked many years to grow and lead that great group of dynamic Catholic women.I regret that I will not be able to participate in her Mass of Christian Burial as I am on my way to the National Convention of the CCW.We are all blessed in time spent with her here on earth.I’m sure she’s already getting some folks in Heaven together for a fun and faith filled event!-Fr. Domenic Roscioli,Spiritual Advisor,MACCW

  • Ramona Silvester (nee Niggemann says:

    Your mom and dad were so kind to me as a freshman at Alverno college. Delicious home cooked meals, an occasional over night. Always a special family; a place to go when college seemed so lonely.

    She lived what she believed…and now she is dancing in heaven.

    God Bless!

  • Kathryn was a friend of my mother’s, and that is how we got to know her. She was an outstanding woman, who was active in her faith, and will undoubtedly be missed greatly. Our sympathy to the family.

    Marliss and Julian Rogers, Port Washington

  • Sister Lourdette Van Driel, OSF says:

    I knew Kathryn as an active parent when Patricia was at St. Mary’s Academy. I visited with her from time to time as I saw her at events in the community or at Blessed Sacrament parish. I admire when women take leadership positions in organizations. I also admire her continued interest in Catholic education. She taught many years and continued to substitute later. I’m sure her staying involved kept her mind and body able to live such a long life. My prayers are for her eternal rest and for her family who mourn her loss.

  • Charmaine Jenkins says:

    I will to us, about the 2020 archdiocese changes. She always worked so hard at
    getting imformation to us. I know you will really miss her, Kathy, and you took such good care of her, as I am sure your other siblings did too.


  • Deb and Paul Lindsey says:

    Our family was privileged to live next door to Kathryn for 13 years until we moved away recently. She was kind, hard-working, willing to speak her mind, and generally a model of female leadership. She was a staunch Catholic who lived her life in a way that exemplified her values — something that not many people can honestly assert. She will be missed, but she lived a full, long life and her legacy will be reflected in the many lives she touched.

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