Patricia Ann Kackley
November 19, 1940-July 3, 2021
Patricia "Pat" Ann Kackley passed away Saturday, July 3rd, 2021. Pat was born on November 19th, 1940 in Boston, MA to the late Edwin DeDucca & Beatrice DeDucca. She is preceded in death by her late husband Harold "Bill" Kackley. She is survived by two brothers, Jack DeDucca (Kim DeDucca), Phillip DeDucca (Cheryl DeDucca) and a sister, Eileen White (Ken White); her three children, William "Bill" Kackley (Tracy Kackley), Theresa Humble (Torian Humble), Dave Kackley (Sheila Kackley); her grandchildren, John Wayne Strothkamp (Hannah Strothkamp), Amanda Krone(Chase Krone), Audrey Matthews (Troy Matthews), Nicholas Kackley, Ethan Kackley, Rachel Schmidt (Andrew Schmidt), Alex Kackley, Jordan Humble, and Becca Humble; great-grandchildren, Clara and Everett Strothkamp, Chelsey, Augustus, and Thomas Krone, Harvey and Lincoln Matthews, and Connor and Oliver Schmidt; many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Growing up, Pat had a passion for ballet. She graduated from Billerica H.S. in Billerica, MA in 1958. After she started college, she met the love of her life and married Harold "Bill" Kackley on October 1, 1960. She went with Bill to Germany where they lived for a year, while on active duty with the Army. They came back to the states and settled in California, where their son Bill was born. Pat & Bill then moved to Lawrence, KS, where their daughter Theresa was born. While her husband went to school, Pat worked and raised their children. The family then moved to Iowa, where their son Dave was born. While her husband taught and coached, Pat stayed at home with the children. From there they had a short stay in Ohio where Pat worked as a secretary. New York was the next stop. This is where Pat worked as a secretary in a prison in Rochester, NY. After those 2 years, they moved to Washington, MO. Pat started out working as a secretary for Washington H.S. and then went to East Central College with her husband, where she became the secretary to the Dean of Students. ECC is also where Pat decided to continue her education and receive her associates degree in 1984. Pat continued on to receive her bachelor's degree from Maryville University in 1987. With that degree, she took on the position of Director of Financial Aid at ECC in 1977. She continued on and received her Masters of Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia alongside her daughter, Theresa, in 1991. While working at ECC, going to school and raising her children, Pat also became a "mom away from home" to many of the young women who played basketball at ECC for her husband.
Pat stayed as the Director of Financial Aid until she retired in 2000. During her retirement with her husband Bill, she loved to travel around the world, attend KU football games, support their children's coaching careers and attend many of their grandchildren and great grandchildren's sporting events. Pat also volunteered with hospice and meals on wheels. During this past year, Pat always would say "I have had a great life". If you knew her, you knew what a wonderful, caring, loving and giving woman she was.
A visitation will be held on Friday, July 16, 2021 from 9-10:30 A.M. at Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home, with a Memorial Mass beginning at 11 A.M. at the St. Francis Borgia Church.
St. Francis Borgia will be streaming the Mass live on their Facebook page and via a link on their website.
Memorial donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation, the Bill & Pat Kackley ECC Scholarship Fund and the Alzheimers Association.
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