Catherine M. Koldeway
Catherine “Kay” M. Koldeway passed away on January 27 at the age of 99. She was a devout Catholic, who was proud of her Irish heritage, and known for her love of family, sense of humor, and love of animals, which started at an early age. She cherished the dogs that were her companions during her long life.
A Colorado native, she was born on Jan. 9, 1921, to Ben and Anna O’Brien, who lived on a small farm just outside of Littleton. At the age of six, Kay attended Fort Logan Elementary School and went to high school in Littleton, where she graduated in 1939.
She found work at Montgomery Wards as a bookkeeper before her marriage. On Oct. 22, 1944, she and Clarence (Clyde) Hoffman were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Littleton. Clyde was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the war, and Kay traveled with him from base to base until he was stationed in Agra, India. After the war, and especially after retirement, they traveled in the United States, Ireland, Australia, Fiji and other worldwide destinations.
Kay and Clyde started a family and four daughters were born. As Kay raised her children, she also provided bookkeeping for Clyde and his brother’s gas station at Santa Fe Drive and Church Avenue in Littleton. When the girls were grown, she worked at Bemis Public Library for 10 years. Then, Kay retired to take care of Clyde, who was now retired from Gates Rubber Company and in poor health. He passed away on Jan. 30, 1997. They were married for 52 years.
Kay was a life member of St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society and Our Lady of Grace Circle.
On Dec. 26, 1998, Kay married Leonard Koldeway, a lifelong friend, and was welcomed into his family. They were married at St. Louis Catholic Church in Englewood. After a long illness, Leonard passed away on March 24, 2006.
Kay was preceded in death by husbands Clyde Hoffman and Leonard Koldeway and by her parents, sister Mary Hanks, and brother Francis O’Brien. She is survived by four daughters: Priscilla Hoffman, Pat Mauro, Marietta (Steve) Klodt, and Marilyn Hoffman; by grandson John (Amy) Falconetti and great-granddaughters Natalie and Lauren Falconetti; by several nieces and nephews; and three grand-cats and a grand-turtle.
Her extended family includes the children of Leonard Koldeway: Pauline (Peter) Hugdahl and Larry (Janice) Koldeway and their families.
A visitation and rosary will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 3, 2020, at Drinkwine Mortuary in Littleton.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Tues., Feb. 4, 2020, at All Souls Catholic Church, 4950 South Logan Street, Englewood.
Burial will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to All Souls Catholic Church in memory of Catherine Koldeway.
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