Colleen A. McCarthy
1950 - 2021

Colleen A. McCarthy

September 29, 1950 – January 5, 2021

RACINE – Colleen Ann (nee: Sather) McCarthy, age 70, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, Tuesday evening, January 5, 2021.

Colleen was born in Racine on September 29, 1950 to the late Everett and Evelyn (nee: Harmel) Sather. She was a graduate of JI Case High School. Colleen was fortunate to find her true life's passion. With a deep love for all her students, Colleen enjoyed over 30 years of dedicated service to the primary school at The Prairie School, retiring in 2016.

On August 3, 1988, she was united in marriage with the love of her life, Thomas D. McCarthy. When not at work, they cherished spending time with family & friends and spoiling their canine companions, Sadie & Molly.

Surviving are her loving husband, Tom McCarthy; children, Carrie Hogard, Robin Monosa, Shelli McCarthy, Laura (Herb) Mai and Carrie McCarthy; grandchildren, Kayla Hagarty, Madison Hogard, Matthew (Cassidy) Hogard & Sierra Lyn Hogard; Ashley Lensby; Alyssa (Brian) Niechlancki); Jared Mai, Ryan Mai; Jacob Poffenberger, Andrew Poffenberger; and three great-grandchildren; sisters, Cynthia Sather and Carol (Del) Halverson; nieces, nephews, co-workers, students & many friends – too numerous to mention all by name. Colleen was preceded in death by her father & mother, Everett & Evelyn Sather; and beloved niece, Kristin Halverson.

During this time of the health crisis & in accordance with Colleen's wishes, a PRIVATE family service will be held in the funeral home. Interment will take place at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In memory of Colleen, memorials may be made to "The Prairie School". A heartfelt note of thanks to all of our family & friends who helped during the past four years, when Colleen needed it most.

"Teachers are not in it for the income…they are in it for the outcome!"




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Published by Racine Journal Times on Jan. 8, 2021.
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Sorry to hear of Colleen's passing. She will be in our prayers.
Gordon Johnson
January 12, 2021
Tom, I am so sorry to about Colleens passing. I have fond memories of our times together. especially camping and trips to Arlington race track. Take care my friend, our prayers are with you
John Henges
January 10, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Colleen. She was so loved by all of the children and families. My deepest sympathy.
Sharron Ziemann
January 8, 2021
Tom and family, My deepest condolences to all of you. Colleen and I worked together for so many years ...lots of laughter, tears, love and support. She truly found her passion teaching and guiding those little bitty kids...JK 3's and 4's. I always admired her patience and kindness. I'm glad I had the opportunity to be her colleague. I am so sorry for your loss.
Bonnie Benes
January 8, 2021
Words can not express our love for all Colleen did for our three boys. In a time of great change, Mrs. McCarthy and Mrs. Rogers provided a loving and enriching environment in and out of the classroom. Our boys are 24,22,21 and they spent time over Christmas talking about their time in JK3 and JK4. We extend our appreciation, love, and sympathy to Tom and all her family
Pat and Patty Wagner
January 8, 2021
To Tom and family, Sorry for your loss. We had the pleasure of meeting Colleen on a couple occasions, she was always a joy to be with. She will be missed.
Will & Lelar Beadles
January 8, 2021
Tom I am so sorry to hear about Colleen. I have so many fun memories of our times together. She was a happy, kind person. My deepest sympathy to you and your families. Nancy
Nancy Balcer
January 8, 2021