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Kathleen Deegan

Kathleen Marie "Kathy" Deegan

Friday, November 29th, 1946 - Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
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Kathleen M. “Kathy” Deegan, 73, of St. Joseph, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Hanson Hospice Center – Stevensville. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. A Funeral Mass will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Birthright of St. Joseph or Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Kathy was born on November, 29, 1946, in Chicago, IL to Thomas & Lucille (Healy) Mucker. She graduated from Maria High School in 1964, and continued her education at DePaul University. On November 19, 1966, Kathy married the love of her life, Terrence “Terry” Deegan, in Chicago. For many years, Kathy was the head cashier at the former Edmund’s Grocery Store. She later changed careers and began working for Norwood Federal Bank as a Customer Service Representative. After moving to the St. Joseph area in 1986, Kathy began employment with Spelman & Sauer Law Firm as a Legal Secretary. She was a proud member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she was active in Bible Study and Heart to Heart prayer group. She would selflessly help any friend, anytime, in their time of need. Kathy was a volunteer for Birthright of St. Joseph, where she held a position on the Auxiliary Board and was responsible for planning and executing a large rummage sale fundraiser. Kathy also held the position of president of her neighborhood’s Homeowners Association. Her favorite hobbies were gardening and growing heirloom tomatoes from seed, and especially cooking and entertaining. Her ability to quickly come up with creative gourmet style meals was admired by all and she was once referred to as “Southwest Michigan’s Best Amateur Chef” by a local hometown Master Chef. A family favorite was her baked mostaccioli that was traditionally made on Christmas Eve. Kathy also loved traveling with Terry and their close friends to countries such as Scandanavia, Australia, Italy and Tahiti. However, what Kathy loved more than anything was her family. Spending time with her children and grandchildren gave her the most joy.

Kathy is survived by her loving husband of nearly 54 years, Terry; children, Laura (William “Bo”) Coffman of Berrien Springs, Jennifer “Jay” Mason of Fort Myers, FL, Thomas (Stephanie) Deegan and Kevin Deegan both of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Taylor, Emily (Daniel), Colin, Ryan, Payton and Mackenzie; and, brothers, Donald (Diana) Mucker and Michael (Kathryn) Mucker.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Lucille and her mother-in-law, Virginia Deegan.
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Jan Mathews

Posted at 04:34pm
I am so sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. When she'd pop in to LMCE to touch base about the Birthright Rummage, it was a reminder that summer and the rummage sale were right around the corner. To Mr. Deegan and the kids - your wife and mother was a joy. To the grandkids, especially Payton and Mackenzie - your grandmother was a woman of faith and action. Her model of truly productive and life-changing volunteerism is one to follow. Peace to you all - your Kathy has earned her crown in heaven.
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Sue Coffman

Posted at 02:36pm
We met about 30 years ago and you have been a second mom to our son. Thank you for the love and kindness you have shown to him, as your son-in-law, and to our family over the years. We have lit candles and said prayers and God has answered our prayers. He gave you a safe home with Him. Our prayer would have been for you to recover and be well, but God had another plan in mind. We celebrate your life and rejoice in your memory as you begin this next chapter the Lord has prepared for you. May God continue to bless your family.
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Shelley Guidarelli

Posted at 09:47am
We shared a love of cooking and entertaining and genuine friendship for over 30 years! I will forever miss my dear friend!! Peace and love to all the Deegans❤
Shelley Guidarelli
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Michael & Kathryn Mucker

Posted at 01:25am
In loving memory of Kathleen Marie Mucker Deegan, a constant root of our family tree, an enduring branch of love who drew us toward heaven's own light
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Kathy Drabik

Posted at 06:02pm
Kathy worked tirelessly for Birthright Auxiliary. The Birthright Annual Rummage Sale was synonymous with Kathy Deegan. She was the person you could always count on to get things done. She hosted so many of our Birthright Auxiliary Meetings. They were always the most attended meetings, as you knew her food would be amazing! She became a treasured friend of mine very quickly. I will miss her so much, but feel fortunate to have had her in my life. God Bless all the Deegans. Kathy Drabik
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