Catherine “Kate” Campion
Catherine ‘Kate’ Campion passed away peacefully at Sterling House, Loveland CO, just seven days before her 92nd birthday. A resident of Allenspark since 1976, and Estes Park since 1989, Kate’s life was focused on her family, faith, friends and community. Her family, friends and care-givers lauded her with compliments as a gracious lady with dignity, kind, sweet and gentle, faith-filled, always caring and appreciative, elegant and well-dressed – usually in pink! Her positive attitude and strong faith buoyed her through many years of arthritic pain and hip surgeries.
As a true ‘gypsy Bohemie’ she loved the adventure of travel, first to Colorado in the early 1950s, and enjoyed multiple trips with her family across the USA, to Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico and, beginning in 1968, throughout Europe. Her last trips were in 2001 to Tahiti, 2004 to Lourdes, and 2008 on a Caribbean cruise with all her children.
Born in Iowa on July 14, 1919 to George & Julia Krall, Kate attended Business College and worked at the Home & Farm Division of the US Department of Agriculture for 5 years before marrying Bernard J. Campion on April 14, 1942. They farmed near Iowa City, IA for nearly 35 years before retiring to Colorado and Mesa, AZ where they were active in the local communities.
Kate is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Campion of Lausanne, Switzerland and Jan (Bill) Frame of Loveland, as well as daughter-in-law, Jan Campion of Omaha, NE. She is survived by her grandchildren, Justin (Ashlee) Frame of Centennial, CO, Spencer Campion Frame of Loveland, and Christa (Jason) Adams of Bothell, WA, and Dean (Dawn) Campion of Aurora, CO. She has 4 great-grandchildren: Travis Walker Frame, Hayley Campion Frame, Orinn Catherine Adams, and Patrick Joseph Campion. She is also survived by her brother, Russ Krall and his wife Dolores of Estes Park, and by 3 sisters-in-law, Monie Krall of Solon, IA, Dorothy Shay of Iowa City IA, and Alice Miller of Central Point, OR, as well as 16 nieces and nephews. Kate was preceeded in death by her husband, Bernard, in May 2000, her son Russ in October 2009, her brother Harold Krall in 2003 and sister Lena Anderlik in 2007.
A Rosary Vigil service will be held on July 14th at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Mountain Catholic Church, Estes Park, where Kate & Bernard were long-time members. Kate’s 92nd birthday will be celebrated with a reception following the Rosary. A Memorial Mass in celebration of her life will be held August 15th at 10am at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scholarship Fund of Knights of Columbus of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, to Good Samaritan Society-Estes Park Village, or to Front Range Hospice in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Kate’s family.