Kathleen Ann Kriegler

July 16, 1955December 3, 2016
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Kathleen Ann Kriegler of Ames, Iowa died on December 3, 2016 at Mary Greeley Medical Center, Oncology Unit after a nearly two year fight with ovarian cancer.

Kathy was born July 16, 1955 in Omaha, Nebraska and was adopted on December 21, 1956 by Peter Paul and Bernice Matilda (Smidt) Kriegler. She grew up in South Omaha, Nebraska, moved with her parents to Willow Park, Illinois, and then moved to and graduated from Grand Island, Nebraska in 1973. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University Of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1976. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Kathy taught music at Archbishop Ryan High School in Omaha, and as an Education Tech in the census division of Omaha Public Schools. Kathy worked as a therapist in Eppley Treatment Center at Methodist Hospital in Omaha and then became the Program Coordinator of Counseling & Student Development at University of Nebraska Medical Center.

She moved to Iowa in 2004 where she worked for UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, the Richmond Center in Ames, Iowa and then became a sole practitioner with Fifth Street Mental Health Professionals in Ames where she worked until she was forced to retire because of her illness in the fall of 2016. In 1993, Kathy had her son, Jordan Paul Kriegler thanks to the miracle of in-vitro fertilization. No greater pride and love was there for a child. She fiercely defended and protected him, gently taught him, and effectively raised him to be the fine young man he is today.

In the spring of 2004, she moved to Ames, Iowa to begin her life with Norma J Dowell, daughter of Simeon Gordon and Eva Olene (Cain) Dowell. Kathy and Norma married on May 23, 2009. Their home was filled with laughter, love and a lot of remodeling. The couple used their skills in construction and life to build a home for which they took great pride.

Kathy was an accomplished euphonium player in her youth, gaining superior ratings at state contests and participating in the Nebraska High School Honor Band, the Kearney State College High School Music Clinic, Tri-City Area Youth Symphony Orchestra, and All-State. She received a scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska from the Central Nebraska Musician’s Association, and also participated in the Nebraska Intercollegiate Band Festival. Upon moving to Ames, she became a member of the Ames Municipal Band, played in small ensembles, and participated in Tuba Christmas. Kathy was a member of the University of Nebraska Chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta honorary scholastic fraternity for freshman women.

Kathy was a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with certificates in Counseling Psychology and Therapeutic Counseling from the Nebraska Society of Adlerian Psychology. She was certified with the Iowa Board of Behavioral Health and the National Board of Certified Counselors, a Master Addiction Counselor certified with the National Board of Certified Counselors, and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator.

Kathy was proceeded in death by her adopted parents, her brother Paul Kriegler, and her biological parents, Grace (Luna) Rodriguez, and Edward Frank Schaeffer. Left to cherish her memory is her wife, Norma Jean Dowell, her son Jordan Paul Kriegler, her sisters, Dee (Craig) Demuth of Union, Maine, Chris Pedigo (Dan) Brown of Flagstaff, Arizona, Loretta Bennett of Stockton, California, Irene Schaeffer of Phoenix, Arizona, Carol Schaeffer of Prescott, Arizona, Louise Schaeffer of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Brenda Schaeffer of Flagstaff Arizona, her brothers, Frank Schaeffer and Jim Schaeffer of Phoenix, Arizona, and a host of in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She will be remembered by her stubborn love and defense of family, a loving soul with a quick wit and a mischievous twinkle in her eye, and a resilient woman who fought valiantly against an aggressive cancer. She was fortunate to meet her biological siblings before her death and developed strong bonds with them that will endure for years to come.

Memorials may be sent to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.


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Susan Anderson

December 17, 2016

This is a message for Norma:
I was Kathleen's nurse for only a couple days during her last stays at Mary Greeley, but I felt honored to be near the loving bond that you shared with her.
My best regards to you in your grief that must be horrific
Susan Anderson


December 15, 2016

To the Kriegler family my heartfelt sympathies go out to the family during this time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring your family and friends comfort.

2 Sues Sue Wolf and Susan Rappenwolf

December 15, 2016

Thank you Kathleen for the your gift of authenticity, an introduction to Brene Brown's work on compassion, resiliency, and your brave spirit. I will miss you. My spouse Susan Rappenwolf and I will always remember that you guys beat us to the wedding chapel by 1 month. Much empathy and respect.


December 14, 2016

I am grateful for the time I spent with Kathy, and pass on my most sincere condolences.


December 14, 2016

Love you forever, GirlieHonk.

December 13, 2016

I am so sorry for your immeasurable loss. May the God who "binds up the broken-hearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain you during this difficult time. (Isaiah 61:1,2) with the sincerest heartfelt condolences.


December 13, 2016

My sincere condolences to the family. God will give you the comfort needed in this diff icult time. 2 Cor.1:4.

December 12, 2016

My condolences for your loss. Wishing your family peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hands. May God continue to comfort you and your family. ( Psalms 9:9,10)

Jodie Elder

December 12, 2016

Kathy had such a sweet spirit, and she gave absolutely wonderful hugs that wrapped you in her love! I am so sorry for your loss... for all of our loss, but I am so glad that she is no longer in pain and has peace. Kathy gave me the gift of acceptance and peace at a time in my life when I really needed it, and I am eternally grateful to her.
Jodie Elder

Kim M.

December 12, 2016

Dear family of Kathleen, so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you at this time.