She was the firstborn of 15 children of Patrick and Mary Welsh (Zoll) of Waukon, Iowa on June 22, 1922. In 1939 she graduated from Waukon High School and went on to teach school at French Creek Township, having some of her siblings as students. At a young age she had four infant siblings precede her to heaven and in later years sisters Alice, Bernadine; brothers Bill and Bobby; son-in-law Kenneth Imhoff; brother-in-law Cliff Armstrong, sister-in-law Jean Welsh, nephews Rich Heffern, Danny Heffern and Andy Welsh. Her youngest brother Jerry had a hard time pronouncing Kathryn and so “Kay” became her favorite name.
On June 12, 2944 she married Earl Moore of New Albin. They were blessed with seven children. Baby Joseph (died May 18, 1944), Sheryl, Kerry (died March 18, 2004), Mary Joe, Marlene, Don and Remi.
For over 40 years Kathryn was a township clerk and member of the election board. She was a past president of the ACCW and Deanery; member of the Altar and Rosary Society, Ladies Auxiliary, CCD teacher, leader of the Rosary before Mass on Sundays and family historian.
Kay loved gardening, flowers, quilt making (started the tradition of making one for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren), Ireland, farming, playing euchre, scrap booking (keeping treasured memories of all her family’s activities). Many hours were enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren play baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and hockey. Lawrence Welk, Howie Sturtz, Danny O’Donnell kept her feet dancing happily with Earl. One of her most memorable moments was getting to see Pope John Paul II. Life would not have been complete without all her travels in an RV with Earl. They made it to every state with Alaska being their favorite.
Kay leaves her loving husband Earl, children Sheryl (Joel) Gilbertson, Mary Jo (Ron) Moore, Marlene Duffy (Roger Valley), Don Moore (Marilyn) and daughter-in-law Robyn Moore (Kerry). Sisters Mary Lou (Bob) Cota, Ida (Bob) Gonsalves; brothers Daniel (Sarah), Lloyd (Betty) Welsh, Bernard (Carolyn) Welsh, Jerry (Maralyn), sisters-in-law Essie Welsh, Leona Welsh, brother-in-law Bob Heffern, 25 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, wonderful friends and neighbors. Her kindness and gentleness will be treasured forever.
Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. March 22 with a time of reflection and remembrance at 5:30 at the New Albin Community Center. Celebration of Life Mass was at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church on March 23. A Kathryn Moore Memorial has been established.
Mother’s Irish Blessing: I wish you not a path devoid of clouds, not a life on a bed of roses, not that you might never need regret, nor that you should never feel pain. No this is not my wish for you. My wish for you is: That you might be brave in times of trial. When others lay crosses upon your shoulder, when mountains must be climbed and chasms are to be crossed, when hope scarce can shine through, that every gift God gave you might grow along with you, that you may always have a friend who is worth that name, whom you can trust and who helps you in times of sadness, who will defy the storms of life at your side. One more wish for you; that in every hour of joy and pain you may feel God close to you. This is my wish for you and for all who care for you. This is my hope for you now and forever.