Kathleen Marie Dixon

March  12th, 1944 May  24th, 2024
Walnut Creek, California
Kathleen Marie Dixon

When you remember me, it means you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are.  It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart. 


**In Loving Memory of Kathleen Marie Dixon (1944-2024)**

Kathleen Marie Dixon, aged 80, passed away peacefully on May 24, 2024, surrounded by her beloved family. Born in Chicago, Illinois on March 12, 1944, Kathleen lived a full and enriching life that left an indelible mark on everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.

A former resident of Wausau, Wisconsin, Kathleen spent over 35 years as an Emergency Room nurse at Wausau/Aspirus Hospital. After retiring from nursing, she opened Kathleen's Island Time Books on Washington Island, Wisconsin. She sold the store to a friend about nine years ago and today, 20 years after Kathleen originally opened the store, it's still going strong. Kathleen was a lover of books and read voraciously. She attended literary seminars around the country and actively supported authors, aspiring authors and independent booksellers.

Kathleen is survived by her three adoring children, Sean (Sheila) McCarthy, Colleen Thilgen (Steve Bell) and Emmet (Suzanne) McCarthy, six grandchildren, Joe (Kana) McCarthy, Rhiannon McCarthy, Luke Thilgen, Teresa McCarthy, Declan McCarthy and Patrick McCarthy and 2 great-grandchildren, Arya McCarthy and Joseph Sean McCarthy. She is also survived by her sisters, Tere Ross and Carmen Grace, and her brothers, Dennis Grace, Tim Grace and John Grace. Kathleen was preceded in death by her beloved son, Joseph Patrick McCarthy, her parents James John Grace and Teresa Torres Grace, her sister Mary Jo Grace and her nephew Brian McCarthy.

The Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Wausau, Wisconsin on June 13, 2024. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the Mass will begin at 12:00 noon. The Rite of Committal will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park at 1:30 p.m. A celebration of life will be held later that day starting at 4:00 p.m. at the Round Barn at Willow Springs Gardens, 6905 North 60th Avenue in Wausau.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made in Kathleen's memory to the Bruns House in Alamo, California; www.HospiceEastBay.org/campaign-for-bruns. 

Kathleen will be dearly missed, but her spirit will forever remain in the hearts of those who loved her. May she rest in eternal peace. 



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May 31, 2024
It was heartbreaking to hear the news of my wonderful aunt's passing. From the time spent with her at family gatherings, to the days spent up on Washington Island in Wisconsin (only after she wouldn't stop pestering us to come up their and see her), my heart is definitely full of love, sympathy and loss.

She may have been the closest thing to a real life Belle from Beauty and the Beast with how many books she read, knew about and talked about. If I can take just a small sliver of that love for something in my life and channel it towards something positive it will be a life extremely well lived. Although I am unable to attend the funeral, know that I will say a prayer around that time for not only my dearest aunt, but for all us to never remember who she was and what she gave the world.

Rest in peace now my wonderful aunt, your family is waiting for you amongst the angels.

Brendan Patrick Grace
May 28, 2024
We are very sad to hear about Kathleen's passing away..

She will always be remembered for her zest for life, bubbly nature, high energy in organizing events, donation of time and effort to charities and kind concern for neighbors, friends and families.

May her soul rest in peace.
Anil Nimmagadda
May 28, 2024
Kathleen was a wonderful, inspiring and joyful spirit. We will truly miss her. Sending all our love.
Ann & John McCarthy
May 27, 2024
God bless all of you Kathleen will always be in your hearts
Joann Ron Tierney

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