Obituary of Kathryn May Bossuyt
Kathryn May Bossuyt (née Knobloch), born December 25, 1919, died on June 19, 2020. She was born to Joseph H. & May Helene Knobloch in Davenport, Iowa. Kathryn graduated from the local schools in East Moline, Illinois; the College of St. Teresa, in Winona, MN; Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; & participated in government education grant work, San Antonio, Texas, with additional graduate work at the Arizona universities in Flagstaff, Tempe, and Tucson.
Kathryn and Maurice J. Bossuyt were married in East Moline at St. Anne’s Church on November 23, 1950. Soon thereafter, they moved to Casa Grande, Arizona, and were very active in community affairs. Kathryn was Librarian at the Casa Grande High School as well as President of the Casa Grande Library Board being instrumental in establishing the first city library. When Maurice transferred to Tucson with his work for the USDA, Kathryn was employed as Director of Elementary Libraries, Amphitheater Public Schools and participated in the development of several new school libraries. For 6-years, she served on the Governor’s Committee on Libraries, and was very active in local/state professional library organizations, serving on numerous committees and boards also with terms as president.
In retirement, Kathryn and Maurice enjoyed their travels throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, South America and Australia. Kathryn continued active membership in the XI Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Society, the Christ Child Society of Tucson, and the Pima County Retired Teachers Association.
Kathryn was predeceased by her parents, her husband Maurice, her brothers Robert, James, and Ralph, and her sisters-in-law Dorothy and Ann. She is survived by her son Joseph, daughter Colette, sisters-in-law Jeanne Knobloch, Rose Mount, many nieces & nephews.
Visitation and the rosary for Kathryn will be Monday, June 29th - 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Adair Funeral Home Chapel, 8090 Northern Ave., Tucson, AZ. A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, 9:30 am at St. Odilia Catholic Church, 7570 N. Paseo del Norte, followed by burial at East Lawn Palms Mortuary, 5801 E. Grant Road. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Christ Child Society of Tucson, Literacy Fund, PO Box 69725, Tucson, AZ 85737.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kathryn Bossuyt, please visit Tribute Store