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Kathleen (Kathy) Welsh

October 8, 1938 — November 9, 2022

Coffeyville, KS formerly of Norfolk, NE

Kathleen (Kathy) Welsh

Kathleen (Kathy) Marie Parachini Welsh of Coffeyville, KS formerly of Norfolk, NE, is rejoicing with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, having left this earth peacefully with her children by her side on November 9, 2022, at the age of 84.

A celebration of life service will be held on December 10, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Norfolk, NE.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to KPNO Radio Station, First Christian Church in Norfolk, or a local charity of your choice.

She was born to Theodore Steven Parachini and Nora Marie (Larsen) Parachini on October 8, 1938, in Omaha, NE. She was the second oldest of five. Some of her fondest childhood memories were of being in Valley, Nebraska, at her family’s cabin My Gals Ranch. She attended Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha, graduating in 1956. Traveling to and from college by train, she pursued her love of nursing at Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in 1960.

Kathy worked as an RN at Children’s Hospital in Omaha before becoming a homemaker.  She dedicated her life to raising her 10 children and keeping the home. She renewed her nursing license after raising her family and returned to the nursing field for several years.

She is survived by her 10 children, Mike (Kay Fischer), Julie (Greg) Traxson, Rosanne Welsh Weldon, Stephanie (Stacey) Amm, Dylan (Sara Vezain), Deborah (Sterling) Ritz, Brian (Gina Splattstoesser), Sarah (Justin) Blackburn, Aaron (Ann Findley), Serena (Josh) Siebrandt; 29 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and her sisters Fran Behrendt and Carol Bosanek.  She was proceeded in death by her parents, brother Theodore (Tappy) Parachini, sister Sylvia (Bunny) Watson, and infant daughter Michaela.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel.  To leave an online message of condolence or share a memory visit

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Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

First Christian Church of Norfolk, NE

1408 E Benjamin Ave, Norfolk, NE 68701

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