Mary “Kathy” Niepagen, 54, of Bloomington, passed away 4:50 a.m. Monday (Nov. 6, 2017) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Her funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Pastor Jason Collins will officiate. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the memorial home.
She was born Oct. 4, 1963, in Bloomington, to Jack and Tudy Deerwester Ditchen. She married Albert Niepagen in Bloomington. He preceded her in death. Also preceding her were her father; one son, Michael Horn; and one brother, Randy Ditchen.
She is survived by her partner of 15 years, Todd Barns, Bloomington; two children, Josh Horn, Bloomington, and Leslie (Brian) Coombs, Holder; and five grandchildren, Silas Horn, Colin Coombs, Mirabella Horn, Cooper Coombs and Aurora Horn. She is also survived by two brothers, John Ditchen, Bloomington, and Ronnie Ditchen, St. Ignaces, Mich.
Kathy worked at Windjammer in Bloomington for nearly 30 years and had been the owner since 2001. She enjoyed the outdoors, particularly gardening and canning. She loved spending time with friends and family and was known for always helping and being there for others. As a St. Louis Cardinals fan, she always enjoyed a friendly rivalry with all her Cubs friends. She was known by many, and will be missed by all. We love you, Mom, and know you will be with us every day.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.