Kathleen Anne Hannigan
Kathleen Anne Cullen Hannigan died at the age of 92 from pneumonia on January 29, 2014 in her apartment at Covenant Shores, Mercer Island, Washington. She was born on Feb. 16, 1921. Her husband Dick and her son Brian died in 2010 and 1992 , respectively. She is survived by three sons, Patrick, Barry, and Michael, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Kathleen grew up in Denver and went to Catholic schools, eventually graduating from St. Mary’s Academy and Loretto Heights College. She was a fine amateur pianist, and even considered a professional career.
Four children arrived during the years 1949-1956. The children were active in St. John’s parish in Denver, and members of the Cathedral Choir. Kathleen was did not learn to swim until she was an adult, so she made sure her children were good swimmers: as a result, Michael was a winner in the A.A.U. Colorado Championships. Her husband Dick was manager and then owner of Hannigan’s Greenhouses at Evans and Ogden St., so the entire family was involved with the business on every level from cutting carnations to crafting corsages and boutonnieres for weddings.
Dick and Kathleen bought land in Tahosa Park West near Meeker Park in Colorado in 1962, and spent many years enjoying the mountains. After Dick retired from the floral business, they moved to Estes Park and stayed there until 2001. They were longtime members of the “Over the Hill” and “Trailmasters” hiking groups. Kathleen volunteered many hours at the Library and at Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park.
Kathleen was very proud of her children: Pat, for thirty years a member of the Port Angeles Pilots in Puget Sound and eight-year member of the Washington State Pilot Commission; Barry, the Ellen Williams Professor of Music at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and Michael, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation in Colorado Springs.
The family has asked that contributions in Kathleen’s memory be sent to the Estes Valley Library.