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Kathleen "Kathy" Hoey

Kathleen "Kathy" Hoey age 73 of New Hampton, IA;, died Friday, June 23,2023, at MercyOne Medical Center in New Hampton. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 29, 2023, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton with Rev. James Goerend presiding. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, New Hampton. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Kathy was born on July 26, 1949, in New Hampton, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Vera (Drewelow) Friedman and grew up with five siblings. Throughout her life, Kathy was known for her loving, passionate, and friendly nature that touched the lives of many. Kathy's education began in Lawler, Iowa, where she attended Mt. Carmel Catholic School after her parents moved to a farm in the area. She later graduated from Turkey Valley High School in 1967. It was in high school that she met her future husband, Bill Hoey, who was her classmate in a government class during her junior year. The couple married on August 22, 1970, at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler, Iowa, and went on to have a son, Chris, born in July of 1971, and a daughter, Sarah, born in April of 1975. Together, they raised their family in a loving home, instilling in their children the values of hard work, dedication, and love. Kathy and Bill started their life together in the Locust Apartments in New Hampton, and in 1971 they built their forever home on an acreage outside of New Hampton. Kathy took great pride in her home, creating beautiful flower and vegetable gardens that brought joy to her family and friends. She also had a passion for cooking and was known as a fantastic cook, always eager to share her culinary creations with loved ones. Kathy's strong work ethic and dedication to her family were evident in her successful career as an Avon Representative for nearly 50 years. As a top-tier salesperson, she was extremely dedicated and passionate about her work, earning multiple trips and awards that took her and Bill to Alaska, Hawaii, New Orleans, and on many cruises. Her children fondly remember helping her business by stamping countless Avon books for their mom, learning the importance of hard work and determination from her example. In her leisure time, Kathy enjoyed driving the countryside with Bill, admiring the cattle and taking in the beauty of the land they both loved. But her greatest joy came from spending time with her eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, whom she adored. Kathy's love for her family was undeniable, and she was always there to support and encourage them in their endeavors. Kathy's strong will was never more evident than in her battle with Parkinson's Disease, which she approached with determination and grace. Her resilience and spirit served as an inspiration to those around her, reminding them that even in the face of adversity, it's possible to live a life filled with love and positivity. As we remember Kathy, let her life serve as a testament to the power of love, dedication, and passion. Her legacy will live on through her family and the countless lives she touched during her time on earth. Kathy's memory will forever be cherished by her husband, Bill; her children, Chris and his wife Diane and Sarah and her husband Mike; her eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; her siblings and in-laws; and the many friends who were fortunate enough to know her. Kathy is survived by her husband of 52 years Bill Hoey; one son, Chris (Diane) Hoey of Lawler and one daughter, Sarah (Mike) Pickar of New Hampton; eight grandchildren, Kerri and Natalie Hoey, Brooke Flattum and Isabel Hopp, Mitch, Ryan, Karla and Beth Pickar; three great-grandchildren, Liam and Hazel Flattum and Blake Hopp; three brothers, Richard Friedman of Wichita, KS, Robert (Maxine) Friedman of St. Ansgar, Iowa and Kevin (Deb) Friedman of Marble Rock, Iowa; one sister, Nancy (Ron) Valvoda of Elma, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Jeannie (Francis) Riha of Waucoma, Jane (Ron) Eckenrod of New Hampton, Mary Hoey of New Hampton and Mary Ann Hoey of West Union; brothers-in-law, Jim (Elaine) Hoey of Waucoma, and Wayne (Diane) Wurzer of Solon, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Michael Friedman; brothers-in-law, Tom Hoey and Pat Hoey; sister-in-law, Sally Wurzer.

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  1. Oh my…Kathy was such a wonderful woman. Our sympathies to Bill, Chris, Sarah and their families.

  2. Deepest sympathy to all of Kathy’s family. She was always a joy to visit with. Such a beautiful person inside and out.

  3. Sincere sympathy sent to family and friends. Prayers for healing, comfort and understanding.

  4. Our very deepest sympathies to all of you. Hugs & prayers…thinking of all of you. Kathy was such a wonderful person. She will be missed. 💗

  5. My deepest dympathy to Kathy’s family and friends. Kathy was such a kind and loving person.. Rest in peace, Kathy.

  6. Extending our most heartfelt sympathy to all of Kathy’s family. Heaven has gained an angel; may she Rest In Peace.

  7. So sorry for your loss. Treasure the memories you have. Know she is resting peacefully in Gods arms.

  8. Our sincere sympathy to the Hoey family. Kathy was a wonderful ❤️ lady. Prayers to all of you.

  9. Sending our condolences to the family. May your cherished memories help you through this difficult time.

  10. My heartfelt prayers and sympathy to Kathy’s family. I was a classmate first at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and then in the Class of ‘67 at Turkey Valley as well as with Bill. She will be missed.

  11. So sorry for your loss! Kathy was such a nice person. Thoughts and prayers with all of you 🙏 ❤️

  12. Deepest sympathy Bill and family❤️ Cherish the memories you two made and the legacy she left behind. Phyllis(Wurzer) Elsbernd

  13. Dear Bill and Family,
    My sincere sympathy to all of you at the death of Kathy. May God grant her peace and rest. I will be remembering Kathy and all of you in my prayers.
    Fr. Jim Secora

  14. I include Kathy’s family in thought and prayer, as I continue to do for all of my fellow ’67 Trojan classmates.

  15. So very sorry for your loss. Kathy will be greatly missed by her Family, Friends and the entire Community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. Kathy has been my Avon lady ever since I quit my Avon route in 1980. I really liked going to her Open House each November. Kathy always treated everyone with kindness and thoughtfulness. She will be missed. My sympathy and prayers go to her entire family.

  17. Our condolences go out to all of Kathy’s family. She was a very nice person and always had a smile when I would see her.

  18. Bill & Family, Kathy’s obit. reads in part “…the countless lives she touched during her time on earth. I and most of the TVHS class of 1967 were and are blessed to be in that group. May she rest in peace in God’s loving arms. Paul Timlin

  19. My deepest condolences to Bill, Chris, Sarah, and families. We will all miss this lovely lady; but, she has broken the bonds of suffering that she had endured for so long.
    We became friends when we were lanky teenagers. Later on, she became the one & only perfect bridesmaid I could’ve had.
    She was exemplary in my book…kind, hardworking, selfless….her beautiful smile…..full of love & pride when talking about her family.
    And her laugh……priceless!
    So, Kathy…..rest now in peace, my dear friend,
    You have earned your angel wings,

  20. My deepest condolences to Bill, Chris, Sarah and all of the family. Kathy’s smile and laughter will be missed. You will always have the wonderful memories to keep close to your heart. She is in good hands and pain free. Sympathy and Hugs to the family.
    Beverly Valvoda

  21. My prayers and sympathy to Bill and all the family. Kathy was my Avon lady for years and such a nice person. My thoughts are with you all. Marian Gebel

  22. My deepest sympathy to the Hoey families, she was a beautiful person I enjoy are visit at the Big Four Fair

  23. So sorry to Kathy’s family. Someone did a beautiful job on her tribute showing her life and her love for her family.

  24. I have very fond memories of the many hours that Kathy and I rode the school bus so many years ago to Turkey Valley High. She was a lovely friend. I had the chance to see here a few years ago when she was selling Avon and we were able to catch up briefly. My sympathy to Bill, her family and her siblings. I know she is leaving a huge hole in your hearts and lives. May she rest in peace.

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