Katherine Noel Brosnahan
1962 - 2018
McGilley Memorial Chapel
12301 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO
Katherine Noel Brosnahan KATE SPADE Katherine Noel Brosnahan, 55, passed away June 5, 2018 at her home in New York City. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Catholic Church, 3333 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111. In lieu of flowers, kindly direct donations to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or to Wayside Waifs, Kansas City's largest no-kill animal shelter and pet adoption campus. Katy was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended Notre Dame de Sion grade school and graduated from St. Teresa's Academy in 1980. She went on to attend the University of Kansas and graduated from the Arizona State University School of Journalism in 1986. After graduation, she moved to New York where she found employment at Mademoiselle Magazine as an assistant fashion accessories editor, eventually working her way up to Senior Fashion Editor. In 1993, identifying an unexploited market niche, her creative talent and inspiration resulted in the founding of her first company, introducing the world to Kate Spade. In 1996, she received the Rising Talent award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Katy then received the CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year in 1998. In 1999, Neiman Marcus became an influential partner and investor in the burgeoning Kate Spade enterprise, accelerating its growth and expansion. In 2007, Kate Spade was acquired by Liz Claiborne, boosting national and international growth and prominence of the Kate Spade brand and product lines. Katy left the business following the sale. In 2012 Liz Claiborne became known as Fifth & Pacific which was later changed to Kate Spade & Company in 2014. The brand was then acquired by Coach in 2017 where it remains today. In 2016 she and two of the original partners from Kate Spade launched a new brand and venture, Frances Valentine, named after her daughter. To most of the world, she was Kate Spade, the beautiful embodiment of her brand and a glamorous cultural icon. Everyone knows of her global fame as a fashion designer responsible for the wildly popular and successful products that still capture the hearts and fancies of women everywhere. Many women today recount their first experiences with the Kate Spade brand and the inspiration they drew from its namesake. However, there was so much more to Katy and her life. Those who knew her personally can share stories of a phenomenally loving, giving, humble, warm and affectionate woman who tragically left this world far too soon. Katy's determination was matched only by her generosity. Loyal almost to a fault, Katy could be counted on to support her friends and family in times of trouble without question or judgment. Her sense of humor was one of her most enduring and charming qualities. Her quick and infectious laugh still resonates in the minds of all who knew her. Katy was always perceptive. She always aspired to put the best interests of others ahead of her own. Katy will always be remembered lovingly for her conscientiousness and empathy. She loved animals. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister. Katy was kind beyond words to describe. She will be dearly missed by those who knew her and by the millions she inspired. Katy was preceded in death by her mother, June Mullen Brosnahan in 2010. She is survived by her husband, Andrew Spade; her daughter Frances Beatrix Spade; her father, Frank Brosnahan and his wife, Sandy Palmer Brosnahan; four sisters, Michele Brosnahan, Ann Brosnahan DiVita (Nicholas), Reta Brosnahan Saffo (Karl), Eve Brosnahan (Kent); a brother, Earl Brosnahan, III (Carol); seven nieces and nephews, as well as her mother-in-law Judith Todd and two brothers-in-law Brian and David. Online condolences may be left at www.mcgilleystatelinechapel.com. (Arrgs: McGilley State Line Chapel, 816-942-6180)

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Published by Kansas City Star on Jun. 17, 2018.
Mass of Christian Burial
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Catholic Church
3333 Broadway, Kansas City, MO
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Driving down Ward Parkway whenever someone says 'The Bishop's House' I always say "No, Earl Brosnahan's House", my sympathy on the loss of your sister. I hope the Lord has given you comfort.
September 5, 2018
"Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen."
Holy Family Church
June 27, 2018
"If you'll just hold the ladder, baby... I'll climb to the top".

~David Allan Coe

Your ethereal way of viewing the world was just BEAUTIFUL, Katy. I'll miss you-- for ALL the days of my life!
June 26, 2018
"If you'll just hold the ladder, baby... I'll climb to the top"

~ David Allan Coe

I'll miss you, dear Katy, for ALL the days of my life!
June 26, 2018
5 dresses, 1 pair sunglasses, 2 bags given as gifts, 2 kept, I wallet....these are the material reminders of your loved one, Kate. After attending her funeral yesterday, the loving outpouring from you, her family, will be spiritual reminders I will carry with me for a lifetime.

From Joanne, a devoted fan in KC
June 22, 2018
May the peace God gives help you all through these difficult days.
June 21, 2018
You made the world more beautiful and left us much too soon. May you rest in Peace!
June 21, 2018
"Make my old memories come alive. Take me AWAY, and turn back the years... sing me back home... before I die."
~ Merle Haggard

Will miss you, dear Aunt Katy, and all the great laughter we shared, for all the days of my life!!

May love and peace be with you now,

Laith Saffo
June 20, 2018
Heartbreaking...I'm SO very sorry to read about the passing of your beautiful beloved Katherine...My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Family of Katherine...especially her Daughter....I am SO sorry for your tremendous loss. Matthew 5:4
Elizabeth, someone who cares
June 20, 2018
I did know Katherine, but know her father Frank and uncle Charlie. I worked with her uncle at The Kansas City Star. Her dad taught my nephew at Northeast High School in Kansas City, Mo. For Frank and her family, MAY GOD BLESS THEM IN THEIR LOST. Carmen and Virginia Vigliaturo.
June 19, 2018
My sincere condolences to Kates loved ones & may Gods light perpetually shine upon her. She was such a beautiful spirit & will be sadly, sadly missed. My thoughts are with her family & especially her beautiful beloved daughter.
Sandra Lee
June 18, 2018
Dear Brosnahan Family,

My brother Web and I grew up on Cherry Street with you (until we moved Fall of 1965) - especially Missy, Earl (who my parents Prue & Hoyt called "Early Bird") and "Annie Boo Brosnahan." And I can vividly remember baby girls joining your family. In your grief, please remember those simpler times of childhood.

Many decades later I was selling residential real estate and ran into your mother (at your house on 63rd Street, I think). We had such fun reminiscing and I recall asking her about each of you.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss of Katy and share them with your father.
Debbie Thompson Gates
Debbie Thompson Gates
June 18, 2018
I have always remembered Katy as we spent good times together at Bingham Junior High. She was one of a kind. So sad that she departed too soon.
Sandie Mayer
June 18, 2018
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.

Esmeralda Ortiz
June 18, 2018
Your light will burn bright for eternity. May God bless your family with comfort and peace.
Donna W.
June 18, 2018
Sincere Condolences
Claire Waffle
June 18, 2018
You will be missed my dear friend
Pinky Talley
June 18, 2018
Such a beautiful spirit... so sad to lose a c classmate in this way. Remembering your kindness and laughter!
Cindy Hall Weber
June 17, 2018
Katy, I hear your laugh. Remember when we'd ring the bells at, Sion? When I hear bells ringing, I think of you. Where angels go, trouble follows. Love you always. XOXO
Pam Merrigan
June 17, 2018
So hard to lose a young, talented soul from this earth.My sincere condolences to her family and circle of friends. May they be comforted in knowing her belief in our Lord will let her rest peacefully. She left us some of her beauty in her handbags.
Janice Matthews
June 17, 2018
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