Kathleen Joy Speetzen-Siebeniecher was called home to Heaven on Sunday, February 16, 2014, following a long and brave fight against multiple myeloma.

Kathleen was born to Mary Jane and Oren Scott on January 13, 1947 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was the eldest of three siblings, followed by Barbara and Richard.

She married Wayne Speetzen on April 13, 1968. They had 3 daughters, Tamara, Meghan, and Tara.

She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in Spanish in 1995.

Kathleen was a generous and loving person. She devoted a lot of time volunteering in schools and with organizations including La Leche League, Arden Courts Alzheimer's Home, and the Junior League of Austin's Coats for Kids drive. Kathleen was also a patient and loving caregiver for Wayne before he passed away in 2000. She was also a very active and beloved member of Hallmark Baptist Church, and taught in the children's ministry with the AWANA Program.

Kathleen loved animals, and particularly loved the family Pomeranian, "the baby," who was her constant companion throughout her battle with cancer.

She enjoyed many different careers throughout her life including teaching bilingual elementary students and teaching at Head Start, as well as working for The Disney Store, Talbots, and Nordstrom.

Kathleen was a wonderful cook and baker. Famous for her sweet tooth, she particularly loved baking sweets to share with her family and loved ones.

An avid sports fan, Kathleen was devoted to her favorite teams the Atlanta Braves and her Alma matter's Texas Longhorns.

On June 30, 2006, Kathleen married Dan Siebeniecher in Austin, Texas.

Kathleen is preceded in death by her first husband, Wayne and her father, Oren. She will be lovingly remembered by her mother, Mary Jane, her sister, Barbara, her brother Richard, her second husband, Dan, and her three daughters Tamara, Meghan, and Tara.

Services will be held at Austin-Peel and Son Funeral Home at 607 East Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78752 on Wednesday, February 19th at 1 p.m., and will be led by family friend, Pastor Richard Dennis. Graveside services will be held at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery at 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, Texas 78209 on Friday, February 21st at 9:15 a.m. Flowers may be sent to the funeral home, or donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Funeral Home

Austin-Peel & Son Funeral Home, Inc.
607 East Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78752
(512) 419-7224

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2014