Catherine Gene (Havey) Kellenberg

Born: Tue., Jun. 8, 1926
Died: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017

Funeral Liturgy

1:30 PM Sat., Dec. 16, 2017
Location: Our Lady Chapel of Holy Cross, Holy Cross Village

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 Catherine G. Kellenberg

June 8, 1926 - Nov. 12, 2017

NOTRE DAME - Catherine Gene (Havey) Kellenberg died November 12, 2017. She was 91. The daughter of (Catherine) Edna McMahon and Eugene Francis Havey, Mrs. Kellenberg was born June 8, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her B.S. from Northwestern University in 1948 and her M.A. from Northwestern University in 1949 in school-based guidance and counseling. She completed coursework towards a Master of Social Work at Fordham University in 1954.

Catherine married Conrad Lawler Kellenberg, her husband of 60 years, at Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame, IN on Sept. 10, 1955. During her professional career, she taught English and Spanish at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL (1949-52), North Liberty High School in North Liberty, IN (1974-81), and LaSalle High School in South Bend, IN (1981-84). She retired from teaching in 1984. Catherine traveled extensively on five continents with her husband, including two extended trips throughout Africa in the 1960s. She organized and led several trips to Mexico for her Spanish students at North Liberty High School and loved the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and the performance arts. In the 1980s, she was a volunteer with the South Bend Center for the Homeless and the Little Flower Parish Pastoral Council. She was also active in Call to Action USA, a progressive Catholic organization.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Kellenberg was pre-deceased by her husband Conrad in April 2016 and her grandson Zachary Eli Neiman in September 2017. She is survived by five children, Katherine, Thomas (Olena Ftomova), Anne (Gregory True), Joan (John Callewaert), and John (Patricia Kelly); 12 grandchildren, Veronica, Elizabeth, Olivia, Natalie, Alexander, Daniel, Kateryna, Emma, Hayley, Sara, Matthew, and Niyati; two great-grandchildren, Milo and Ellie; and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Holy Cross Chapel at Holy Cross Village in Notre Dame, IN. A private burial service will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery on the University of Notre Dame campus.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County, Indiana ( and FINCA International (

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Renée Schermerhorn Sagarsee
   Posted Sun November 19, 2017
Señora Kellenberg was my Spanish teacher at LaSalle High School, right up until she retired (and I graduated), in 1984. She was so poised, so pleasant, soft-spoken, and such a wonderful teacher. I learned SO MUCH from her, and always looked forward to her class. It’s funny that I ended up living in Germany for 3 years, hahaha, but all those years of learning a foreign language, prepared and helped me to easily pick up the German language!
I’m so sorry for your loss. It sounds like she lived a wonderful life of many years... Peace be with you.
Renée (Schermerhorn) Sagarsee
Spanish class name: Miguela

   Posted Sun December 03, 2017
I used to go to school with Joan. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I believe that your mother is in heaven and has become a GUARDIAN ANGEL to watch over all of you. GOD BLESS you all!!

Robin Fozo
   Posted Sat December 09, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the Kellenberg family. Mrs. Kellenberg was my Spanish teacher at North Liberty High School from 1978-1981. She was a wonderful teacher. Her classes were
thoroughly enjoyable. She had a passion for her students and a very pleasant personality. May god bless your family as you mourn her loss.

In sympathy,
Robin Reinhold Fozo

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