Kathleen "Kathy" Virginia Abbey, 89, of Rochester, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Nov. 7, 2019. She was born on July 13, 1930, to John and Ellen (Kelly) Niemann. She spent her life living in Rochester with her family and attending Rochester Central School.
Kathy married Merlyn DeBlonde Lee on Nov. 10, 1953, and had one daughter, Debra. Merlyn passed away in a drowning accident on Aug. 9, 1955. Kathy then married Clifford Alfonso Abbey on Sept. 30, 1958, and had one daughter, Colleen. They later divorced after 22 years of marriage, but remained friends. Kathy worked in housekeeping at the Samaritan Bethany Nursing Home for many years and later retired. She enjoyed spending her free time with her grandchildren and spending time around family.
Kathy is survived by her two daughters, Debra Christensen of Rochester, and Colleen Quirin of Rochester; her sister, Barbara Foss of Pine Island; five grandchildren, Michael Christensen, Nichole Haigh, Anissa (Tim) Maasch, Maggie (Patrick) Denton and Jordan (Kate) Rocca; and six great-grandchildren, Hayden, Hutton, Tyler, Allie, Olivia and Luke.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Ellen Niemann; first husband, Merlyn Lee; second husband, Clifford Abbey; sisters, Evelyn Streiff, Barbara Zincke and Helen Nelson; and son-in-law, Terrence Quirin.
A Memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, 2003 Co Hwy 20, Rochester, MN 55904, with visitation one hour prior to the Mass.
Burial will be at St. Bridget's Cemetery in Simpson.
Rochester Cremation Services is handling arrangements. rochestercremationservicesmn.com.