Cathy Dunphy

November 24, 1945June 30, 2018

Cathy Dunphy, born November 24, 1945 died on June 30, 2018. She leaves behind her children, Matthew, Jane, Sarah and Patrick as well as daughter-in-law Denise Dunphy (Matt) and sons in law Andy Kayser (Jane) and Mark Halvorson (Sarah). They will continue to support each other, even without prodding. Her grandchildren fortunately all live within 15 minutes: Aidan Dunphy, Madison and Brianna Kayser, Ian and Sammy Halvorson. Her remaining siblings – Diana Vodnansky, Dan McLaughlin, Jim McLaughlin (and Pat) and brother in law Bruce McClaren – will continue to gather annually at Christmas with all the ‘kids’ and their home-mades. Cathy will join her mom and dad, Bernard and Dolores McLaughlin, and her husband Bob and sister Elaine McClaren who already live in good memories. Cathy spent most of her work life at School District U-46 – most happily as part of the Illinois Park School family in Elgin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CASA/Kane County (110 S. Third St., Suite 460, Geneva, IL 60134) and Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry (PO 7866, 1113 Pyott Road, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156), two of her retirement interests. The family would like cards c/o 1721 Heather Dr. Algonquin, IL 60102. Public memorial services will occur on July 13, 2018, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral home, located at 500 West Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.


  • Matthew (Denise) Dunphy, Son
  • Jane (Andy) Kayser, Daughter
  • Sarah (Mark) Halvorson, Daughter
  • Patrick Dunphy, Son
  • Aidan Dunphy, Grandchild
  • Madison Kayser, Grandchild
  • Brianna Kayser, Grandchild
  • Ian Halvorson, Grandchild
  • Sammy Halvorson, Grandchild
  • Diana Vodnansky, Sister
  • Dan McLaughlin, Brother
  • Jim (Pat) McLaughlin, Brother
  • Bruce McClaren, Brother-in-law
  • Bernard McLaughlin, Father
  • Dolores McLaughlin, Mother
  • Bob Dunphy, Husband
  • Elaine McClaren, Sister

  • CASA/Kane County
  • Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry


  • Memorial Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018

Cathy Dunphy

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Connie Donahue Lipa

July 5, 2018

I am very sorry for the loss of your beloved. Cathy was a special lady.
She hired me for my first teaching job at 40 years old. I had gone back to college to support my children, as a young single mother. I was “beyond grateful” to her, for this opportunity and timing could not be better for all
She was a wonderful principal at Illinois Park Elementary. Supportive, professional, and approachable (she was a good leader). I enjoyed going to work every morning, mostly because her school was runned like a “well-oiled
machine”, in my opinion.
Thank you, Cathy for being the kind person you were. The world is a better place because you were in it.🌹