|Kathie A. Naab-Conwell|
|August 04, 1948 - August 19, 2010|
|Lima, Ohio, formerly of Rock Island, IL|
|Memorial Service: 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 26, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2810 5th Ave., Rock Island, IL|
|Kathie A. Naab-Conwell, 62, of Lima, Ohio, formerly of Rock Island, died at 11:55 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.|
A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island, with the Rev. Daniel Mirabelli officiating. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, is in charge of local arrangements. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alleman High School, 1103 40th St., Rock Island, IL 61201.
She was born Aug. 4, 1948, in Rock Island, to Joseph P. and Alice Corken Naab, who preceded her in death. She married Hugh J. "Huey" Conwell on Jan. 2, 2004.
Mrs. Naab-Conwell retired from Shawnee High School in Lima in 2009, after 23 years as an English teacher. She also taught at Alleman High School for 11 years. While at Shawnee High School, Mrs. Naab-Conwell was the faculty recipient of the "Make Shawnee the Best It Can Be" award. Mrs. Naab-Conwell touched the lives of numerous students throughout her teaching career and was an inspiration to them. She will be sadly missed by the entire Shawnee School community. Mrs. Naab-Conwell will be remembered as a friend to many and a teacher to thousands.
Kathie was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing bridge and Mah Jongg.
She is survived by her husband, Hugh J. "Huey" Conwell, Lima; brothers, Joe P. (Margie) Naab, Washington State, Richard "Dick" (Mimi) Naab, Washington, D.C.; nephews, Joe Naab and John Naab; nieces, Chris Englin, Laura Myhre, Amy Cushman, Tracy Ubarri and Racheal Kouar; and her beloved cat and dog, Mulligan and Gracie.
Oh, Kathie, how you will be missed! Surprisingly, I was thinking about you last week and so hoping that you would come to our Alleman reunion next summer. I am very thankful for the many, many high school and college memories you gave me. Reliving those memories can still cause me to laugh out loud.
-- Liz Blackwell
Kathie will be missed by many. We just reconnected about a year and a half ago after no contact, since my graduation in '81. In fact, I had written down to e-mail today; since I haven't been able to reach her by phone the past few times I've called. I always thought she was out on the golf course expanding her vocabulary, but now I see she must have been really sick. My prayers are with you Hugh, you lost a very good woman, as you know. God Bless!!!
-- Tom Weaver
We went to grade school and high school together and my memories of those days sure include Kathy. Later she and I worked on a class reunion program together. Kathy was one of those naturally funny girls you enjoyed being with. Sympathy to her husband and her brothers and other family and friends.
-- RoseAnn VanAcker
I just heard about Mrs. Naab's passing today from my family. I am sorry I missed her funeral. She was a wonderful teacher. I hope to only be half as effective as she was. I loved writing stories for her at Alleman - '82. My sympathies to you, Hugh and the rest of Kathie's family. She will always be with us in our hearts. May perpetual light shine upon Kathie now and forever. God Bless you all.
-- LuAnn Senger
I have told my "Kathie Naab Story" over and over again through the years. I am a 1984 graduate of Alleman High School and Ms. Naab was my favorite teacher. I was one of those lost seniors who didn't know what I wanted to do when I grew up. Everything I thought I wanted to do my mom said no to because she thought it wasn't a good choice. After many rejections, I finally went to Ms. Naab and told her that my mom didn't like any of my choice so what did she think I should do after graduation. She said she thought I would make a good teacher. Even though I had no previous desire to be a teacher I trusted Ms. Naab enough to take her suggestion. I did become a teacher because of Ms. Naab and I have LOVED every day of it. 22 years later I am the principal of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy. Thank you Ms. Naab for giving me my life's direction! I will always give you credit!
-- Linda Senger Vander Vennet