Kathie Dannheim

February 27, 1945January 11, 2021

Katherine (Kathie) Louise Dannheim (maiden name Allen), age 75, passed away peacefully at her home on January 11, 2021 from cancer in San Antonio, TX. She was born in Columbia, TN on February 27, 1945. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt, teacher, and friend who will be dearly missed.

Kathie grew up in Pasadena, CA and graduated from Pasadena High School in 1963. She loved socializing, surfing and was active in the Senior Class Council.

While visiting her brother, Capt. Don Allen, B52 pilot stationed at Walker A.F.B. in Roswell, NM, Kathie met her husband to be, 1st Lt. Billy Dannheim, Navigator / Electronics Warfare Officer on a blind date on September 30, 1966. The two married shortly thereafter on February 25, 1967.

After marrying, Kathie and Billy were stationed at Barksdale A.F.B. in Bossier Parish, LA. Their first son, David, was born in April 1969. Billy retired from the Air Force in June, 1969.

The family moved to Tyler, TX, where Kathie studied early childhood education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. She taught preschool at first Baptist Child Development Center and Caldwell Playschools. Their second son, Patrick, was born in August 1971.

In 1976, Kathie and Billy moved to San Antonio where she taught elementary school and raised the children. She continued her education at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1982.

After graduating college, Kathie was employed by Judson I.S.D. as an elementary teacher and reading specialist until her retirement in 2011. She was active in her professional organizations and school related activities. She loved being a mom, celebrating the Christmas season, cooking, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Her colleagues were her very dear friends.

After retiring from teaching, Kathie was a docent at McNay Art Museum, volunteered at the animal shelter and belonged to the Church of the Resurrection Episcopal. She enjoyed going to lunch with her friends, playing Words with Friends on her phone and her early morning walks with her black lab mix, Gracie.

Kathie was preceded in death by her youngest son, Patrick Dannheim, father, A. Nelson Allen, mother, Katherine Allen, nephew, Mark Allen, and her ex-husband, Billy Dannheim.

Kathie is survived by her son, David Dannheim, brother, Ret. Lt. Col. Don Allen, niece, Barbara Malta and husband Scott, great niece, Brittany Gilbert and husband Jason with children Brooklyn, Parker, Kennedy, Adeline, great nephew, Joseph Malta and daughter Hailey, great niece, Ashley Allen, and great nephew, Christopher Allen.

Kathie’s funeral will be held at the Church of the Resurrection Episcopal at 11:00 AM central time on January 26, 2021. Due to COVID precautions, the service is limited to 40 people in attendance and will be streamed live on YouTube. Link provided on the church website:

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the non-profit breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen


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Paulette Brient

January 18, 2021

I feel very blessed to have known Kathie through out my years as a Reading Recovery teacher. She was always supportive and positive as she fought her illness. Her optimistic spirit always made me smile and be grateful for all my blessings. Thank you, Kathie, for your friendship. Love always. Paulette

Linda O'Neal

January 16, 2021

Kathie and I worked and played together for over 20 years. She was an excellent teacher, with an obvious love for children.
I admired her superior taste in fashion and decorating. Her home was always welcoming and frequently filled with her many friends. I feel blessed that the Lord placed her in my life. She taught me what it means to be courageous.
I will pray that David and the rest of her family will now feel God's comforting Peace .

Edna Bubenik

January 15, 2021

Kathie was a delightful friend and a dedicated teacher . Our Reading Recovery Babes have suffered a great loss and we will miss her so much. She fought the good fight against cancer, and I know she’s now home and free of all pain and suffering.

Devion Morris

January 15, 2021

My prayers and condolences to your family, It was my pleasure sitting with You and caring for You in the short time I was able to spend. Sending love and comfort. -Devion

Kate Carey

January 15, 2021

Kathie will be SO missed by her McNay family.

mary russell

January 15, 2021

We have lost a dear sweet friend and a wonderful docent at the McNay Art Museum.
Her talent working with the student tours and smile will always be remembered.
Mary Russell

Kay Johnson

January 15, 2021

You are missed, by me and all McNay docents!

Shane Shepherd

January 14, 2021

Ma’am, I did not know you but I know your son. Dave is a great man with a good soul and one of my most treasured friends. I thank you for your gift of him to me and the rest who know him. I and many others share our love through him to you. Thank you.

Odie Garcia

January 14, 2021

I recall Kathie coming to see me right before I had surgery. I always enjoyed seeing her Christmas tree throughout the years, so beautifully decorated, & her santa collection. She truly was a lovely soul & I will miss her. My deepest condolences to Dave.
Thinking of you... Odie

Diane Fisher

January 14, 2021

My heart is heavy and sad with the news of Kathie’s passing. She fought her battle with dignity and determination, and I admired her optimism and positive attitude.

She was a wonderful woman, special friend, and a very dedicated teacher. She brought the gift of reading to so many children who loved her.

She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. May she now rest in peace with no more pain, and may her memory be a blessing.

Diane Fisher