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Anchorage resident Kathleen Hannon Lefebure, 63, died May 26, 2007, at her home after a long and couragous battle with cancer.
A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 2111 Muldoon Road. Katie was gifted at bringing people together, so participants should plan on sharing a meal with the family in the Parish Hall after the service.
Katie was born April 16, 1944, to John M. Hannon and Virginia Cunningham Hannon in Chicago, and grew up nearby in Des Plaines, Ill. She graduated from St. Patrick Academy and earned a degree in elementary education from Northern Illinois University, where she was a member of the International Club. She was always interested in other cultures, languages, people and world travel.
She taught in various Chicago-area schools. In 1967 she joined the Peace Corps in El Salvador, where she taught English as a second language in a secondary school. She later transferred to work for the Rural Teacher Development Program in Honduras, where she completed her service in 1969. She returned to Chicago and taught in a Hispanic neighborhood.
After a trip to Alaska with her old friend Regina, she knew where she wanted to live. She moved to Anchorage in 1973 and taught fourth and fifth grades at College Gate Elementary School.
She left in 1984 to marry Jim, an old Peace Corps friend who lived at and managed a farm at the Community Center Foundation in Palos Park, Ill. They later moved to Iowa and then to Crystal City, Texas, where she taught fourth grade.
In 1990, she returned to Anchorage and worked as a teacher's aide at Fairview Elementary and later at Ursa Minor Elementary on Fort Richardson. Through all this, she helped with the family business, Flowers for the Moment.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Lefebure; stepdaughter, Yolanda Gallagher of Acton, Maine; step-son, Graham Lefebure of Sunrise, Fla.; sister, Sister Mary Hannon of Chattanooga, Tenn.; brothers, Tom Hannon of Joliet, Ill., and John Hannon of Bend, Ore.; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; and the entire extended family including her sister-in-law, Margaret Malik and husband, Don, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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