Katherine Rose "Katie" Hugenberg

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LIBERTY, Ill. -- Katherine "Katie" Rose Hugenberg, 22, of 1846 N. 1050th Ave., Liberty, was taken by the angels at 8:57 p.m. Saturday (July 20, 2013) in Children's Hospital in St. Louis, after an unexpected critical illness. On the Fourth of July Katie went to sleep never to wake again.

Katie was born April 12, 1991, in St. Mary Hospital, Quincy, the daughter of Dan and Rose Ann Grawe Hugenberg and the sister of Ben Hugenberg. The good Lord saw fitting to entrust Katie's time here on earth to family willing to care and accept her, especially her mother, in whom he placed special abilities, who was Katie's guardian angel here on earth.

Katie was a beautiful bright girl who brought joy and inspiration. Through all of her difficulties she kept a smile on her face which was contagious to everyone.

Katie attended Madison, Adams and Baldwin schools in Quincy. For the last 10 years she attended Liberty School where she completed her education this past spring. Katie had a passion for school and learning. She was always excited to go to school and truly enjoyed being there. She was a member of the FFA, the Art Club, and FCCLA. Some of the highlights for Katie were attending prom, the senior trip to Chicago, and cheering with the cheerleaders at Liberty High School. Katie thoroughly loved Liberty Eagle basketball games.

Katie loved all of the aspects of farm life and truly was a farmer's daughter. She treasured riding with her dad and brother anytime she could in the combine, tractor or semi-truck. Katie shared a special passion for gardening with her mother. She liked being outdoors but hated to get dirty and loved things that sparkled. She was excited about her sunflower garden, which she started herself. She was looking forward to entering her sunflowers in the Adams County Fair this week. She was always so excited and very proud to see her name displayed when she won.

Katie greatly enjoyed attending St. Joseph's ice cream social, St. Anthony's Parish Picnic, and Camp Callahan.

Katie loved being with family and friends. She treasured the holidays and helped to make them special for everyone else. Katie will be greatly missed by her immediate family and dearly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, Dan and Rose Ann, Katie is survived by her brother, Ben Hugenberg; her maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Grawe of Quincy; her paternal grandmother, Theresa "Rosie" Hugenberg of Quincy; maternal aunts and uncles, Lucille and Margie Grawe, Ken Grawe and his wife, Geri, Tom Grawe, JoAnn Witte and her husband, Fred, Dorothy Haley and her husband, Bob, all of Quincy, Rita Frericks, Joe Grawe and his wife, Gail, all of Liberty, Roger Grawe and his wife, Pat, of Eau Claire, Wis., and Mary Howald of Center, Mo.; paternal aunts and uncles, Debbie O'Malley and her husband, Joe, of Omaha, Neb., Jim, Ron and Carl Hugenberg, all of Quincy, John Hugenberg and his wife, Lisa, of Springfield, Mo., Roger Hugenberg and his wife, Kim, of Canton, Mo., Dennis Hugenberg of Payson, and Rich Hugenberg and his fiancee, Kara Scott, of Clayton, numerous cousins also survive, along with her beloved dog, Bear.

Katie was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Eugene "Gene" Grawe and paternal grandfather, Robert J. "Bob" Hugenberg; an uncle, Paul Frericks, and an aunt, Lynda Grawe

The family would like to thank Blessing Hospital, Quincy Family Practice and St. Louis Children's Hospital for the exceptional care given Katie through the years. Also a special thanks is offered to her wonderful teachers, aides and caregivers.

SERVICES: 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home in Quincy with a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church near Quincy. The Rev. Jeff Stone and the Rev. Louis Schlangen will be celebrants. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Quincy.

VISITATION: 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

MEMORIALS: St. Joseph Catholic Church, or to Liberty School in memory of Katie.

ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home, Quincy

WEBSITE: www.dukerandhaugh.com

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Duker & Haugh Funeral Home
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from July 23 to July 25, 2013