Kathryn "Katie" Nelligan Obituary

Kathryn "Katie" Jane Nelligan

May 20, 1924 - December 23, 2018
Resided in Santa Rosa, CA
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Nelligan, Kathryn “Katie” Jane
Kathryn passed away at home on December 23, 2018 with her family at her side. Katie was born in Nekoosa, Wisconsin on May 20, 1924 to August and Anne Bentz. Katie attended Marquette University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She was an accomplished cellist in high school and at university winning state competitions.
Katie’s career spanned more than 40 years managing the laboratory at hospitals operated by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Her career began as a Lab Technician at Saint Joseph Hospital of Orange, California, in 1947. Her supervisor asked Katie to join her at the newly opened Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, California as the Manager of the hospital’s laboratory. Katie remained dedicated to the hospital, its patients, and the Sisters, for the remaining 36 years of her career.
She had many loves that included reading, traveling domestically and internationally, knitting, baking and enjoying a good meal and a glass of wine with family and friends. But what will be remembered most about Katie was the love for her family and friends and the laughter she shared with them.
Kathryn is survived by her loving husband Leo Nelligan, daughter Anne Marie Nelligan and son Thomas Nelligan. When we count our blessings, we count Katie twice.




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Daniels Chapel of the Roses
1225 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa , CA US 95405