Kathleen Marie Timp

Monday, August 7, 2017 2:43 pm

Kathleen Marie Timp, 48, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at home surrounded by her family. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 7, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery. A visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, at the Church, where a scripture wake service began at 7 p.m. A visitation also was held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., was in charge of the arrangements.

Kathleen was born March 28, 1969, in Decorah, the daughter of Dennis and Elberta (Moellers) Huinker. She graduated as a four-year fine art scholar at Coe College in 1991, and earned her bachelor’s in communications from Clarke College in 1999. She married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Timp, June 19, 1993, at St. Aloysius Church in Calmar.

In 1991 she accepted a position in Dubuque as an art editor at Wm. C. Brown Publishing (present day McGraw-Hill Education). In 1997, Kathleen began freelancing art, editorial development, design and sales services for McGraw-Hill
Education as well as area businesses and organizations from a home office while working full-time as a stay-at-home parent caring for her four beautiful children from infancy to present. Kathleen also spent 12 years “decorating women” as a Silpada Designs sales representative.

Kathleen viewed art everywhere, whether it was an everyday object, in shapes and spaces, in architecture, in nature, in faces, in colors and patterns. Her instinct was to create where ideas flowed into producing her own work. Kathleen’s lifelong love of art culminated in a gallery showing of her photography in a local Dubuque gallery this summer. It was a “dream come true” for this accomplished artist.

Kathleen had incredibly strong faith. She was involved in several church activities including Ministry of Mom’s Sharing and participated in several Christian Experience Weekends. She was a Eucharistic Minister at the Church of the Resurrection and a confirmation leader. Her Resurrection Bible study group was very dear to her.

Kathleen was a fierce competitor! She was an all-state softball player, enjoyed playing tennis, board games and practicing yoga. She also coached her daughter Sydney’s Silver Sluggers softball team in the DGIL. Some of Kathleen’s most cherished time was spent with her family watching her children participate in athletic events.

Surviving is her husband, Thomas; children: Nolan, Alexander, Sydney and Samuel; her parents, Dennis and Elberta Huinker; siblings: Wayne (Roxanne) Huinker, John (Ruth) Huinker, Mike (Kim) Huinker, Ann (Dennis) Tressel, Ed Huinker, Jean (Jim) Kircher and Becky Huinker; mother-in-law, Serena Timp; brothers and sisters-in-law: Renee Timp, Lori Franz (Brian), Rae Lynne Timp, Andre Timp and Jennifer Oltman (Troy); and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.

For more information or to leave an online condolence visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

In lieu of flowers a Kathleen Timp Memorial Fund has been established.

A special thank you to our dear friend, Dr. Mark Hermann for treating Kathleen and for his care and compassion during Kathleen’s 11-year battle with cancer; to Shirley, our Hospice nurse and the entire Hospice of Dubuque care team; and to our family, neighbors, friends, McGraw-Hill colleagues and everyone whose lives were impacted by Kathleen, for your love and support.

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