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“Hi Mom, Just looked through your old albums; it felt like a conversation and filled my heart. I miss your voice, laugh, and love every day. You...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Emmy - Daughter

“My family was saddend to learn of Kathy's death. Our 3 daughters were recipients of her kindness and generous spirit while Director of Christian...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Carolyn Kuespert - A friend

“Reid, i'm so sorry for your loss of Kathy. Such à wonderful gal. You are in My thoughts and prayers. Having children helps so at this time. Bettym ”
3 of 29 | Posted by: Betty Peterson - Moline, IL

“Dear Reid, Russ and Emily, Kathy was always one of the people I looked forward to seeing at church while I was home. Always smiling and always...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Lisa Sprenkle Jones - Glen Ellyn, IL

“Dear Emmy and Family, Our Thoughts are Prayers are with you during this very difficult time. We surround you with our love, and pray for...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Mr and Mrs. Dave Jones - IL

“So shocked to hear the news about Kathy's passing. She was definitly one of a kind..... one of the sweetest people that God ever put on this...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Deb DeClerck - friend

“My heart goes out to your whole family. I always remember Kathy as a very vibrant part of First Congregational Church. She was always friendly and...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Cissy Wendt - Round Rock, TX

“Dear Reid, Russ,and Em, My heart goes out to you for your sudden loss. We know where she is, but I am sure you wish she hadn't gone to heaven...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Barb Luebcke - Tinley Park, IL

“My sincere sympathy to your family. I still have on my study wall the "Footprints" plaque that Kathy gave to me at the end of the time that she...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: David Kniker - Kewanee, IL

“Reid, Russ and Emmy, I have so many wonderful memories of Kathy. Our friendship spanned 27 years. I am blessed to have had such a good friend and...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Kris and Ed Ryan

“We would like to express our sincere sympathy to your entire family. We have been neighbors to Maxine & Gus for many years. It is always hard to...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Ed & Linda Berry

“It is with deep sadness that I learned of Kathy's passing. She was a gifted and dedicated educator. During her ministry she planted many seeds of...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Forrest Krummel - Peoria, IL

“Reid -- It was with great sadness that we read Mike Wennekamp's message with respect to Kathy's passing. we enjoyed our time with Kathy at church...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Jim and Dottie Mowen

“I'm deaply sorry to hear what has happened .If you need anything our family reaches out to you with a helping hand from Joan and Lief maston your...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Lief Maston

“Emmy O & family God surely has something special in mind for Kathy. I have missed & will miss her in my tap class. Her smile and happy disposition...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Carl & Carol Jamison - Moline, IL

“Emmy, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Your mother was a wonderful woman and I always loved talking to her and seeing her smiling face at the...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Ally Fields - Rock Island, IL

“Dear Emmie, Amanda and I send our most heartfelt sympathy to you at this difficult time. Your mom was a wonderful person... we thought so much of...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Susan Dechert - Rock Island, IL

“I will always have found memories of Kathy. As a young member of 1st Congo, Kathy was always welcoming and helped shape my faith and view of the...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Mike Wendt - Moline, IL

“I was so sorry to read of your mother's passing. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
19 of 29 | Posted by: Lois Wehner - Rock Island, IL

“Dear Reid, You and your family are in my heart ,thoughts , and prayers. I will always remember Kathy with a smile. God blrss, Judy ”
20 of 29 | Posted by: Judy DeGraeve - Carbon Cliff, IL

“So sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. Although we haven't talked since our church days together we were Facebook friends recently and we were keeping...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Nancy and Tom Nurnberg - friends

“Our heartfelt sympathies to the entire Odean family. We all love you Emmy and pray that you feel our love. We are all here for you now and in the...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Barbara Bickner - Plainfield, IL , IL

“I have fond memories of Kathy that go back to when I was a little girl at the church. She was such a kind and jovial person and she will be missed...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Tami Marshall - Friend

“Kathy's bubbly personality will be missed greatly. There will be a void at our church. May God light your way Kathy, as you have brightened our lives. ”
24 of 29 | Posted by: Kristin Dowell - Friend

“Kathy's smiling face will always be remembered by our family. She had a gift for the children's sermons at First Congregational Church. Our...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Vicky Bealer

“Kathy is and was a very special person in our lives. Her love and guidance for the children of First Congregational Church over the years have...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: John and Sara Holst - Marion , IL

“I was honoured to get to know Kathy and Reid through informal monthly Kiwanis "Dining Tour Coupon" dinners. Kathy had such a warm and inviting...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Diane Turczynski - Moline, IL

“Our thoughts are with you all. Your wife and mother was and will continue to be an inspiration to us. We never saw her without a smile on her face....Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Paul Renaud - Davenport, IA

“An inspiration. Kathy inspired me. She had many gifts. The way she liked to play by creating things connected with me the most. How she would get...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Jackie Perry - Moline, IL


Kathy K. Odean, Rock Island, passed away early Sunday morning at Trinity, Rock Island after a brief illness.

Kathy Sue Knuf was born in Quincy, IL on February 9, 1953, the daughter of Donald and Maxine Knuf. She graduated from Quincy High School and Elmhurst College. She came to Moline in 1979 to become Christian Education Director at First Congregational Church of Moline. There she met her future husband W. Reid Odean and they were married there in April, 1981. They had two children, Russell and Emily. As the kids grew she acquired a Masters Degree in Instructional Design from The University of Iowa. This led to a career as a partner of Quest International LLC, a management training and design consulting firm.

She is survived by the widower, her son (No. Hollywood, CA), her daughter (Joliet, IL), her mother (Quincy), a brother Kurt and his wife Susan (Quincy), an aunt, Sue Hart (Greenville, SC) and a nephew (Quincy). She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.

A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 15, 2011 at First Congregational Church, 2201-7th Avenue, Moline. Visitation is from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. 6601-38th Avenue, Moline. Memorials may be donated to First Congregational Church of Moline, or to the family for future charitable disbursement.

Online condolences may be expressed to Kathy’s family by visiting her obituary at www.esterdahl.com.

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