SAVANNA—Kathryn Louise Broderick, 94, of Savanna, died Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll.
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John's Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, with burial immediately following the service at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Savanna. Memorials can be made to the Savanna Historical Society.
Kathryn was born Feb. 23, 1925, in rural Monroe County, Wis., the second of 11 children born to Fredrick and Louise (Fenske) Scholze. Her husband of 63 years, P.J. Broderick, preceded her in death.
Kathryn moved to Illinois in 1944 to serve in the war effort at Green River Ordnance Depot near Dixon. She married P.J. Broderick in 1949 in Sterling. The family moved to Woodland Township in Carroll County in 1958, where they engaged in farming for 37 years until 1995.
She and her husband were business partners in numerous ventures in northwestern Illinois, including Broderick Builders, Thomson Development Corporation, Thomson State Bank, and WACI radio station in Freeport.
Active in the community, she participated in the initial restoration of the Savanna riverfront area and was a supporter of the Savanna Historical Society. In 2009, Kathryn and P.J. received recognition from the Carroll County Democratic Party for their lifelong efforts.
Kathryn was a member of the Catholic communities in Mount Carroll and Savanna, including St. John's Catholic Church, for over 50 years. In the mid-70s, she coordinated several Christmas fundraising events for the Savanna Chapter of Catholic Daughters of America, but her true passion was singing in the choir at St. John's. She loved both the music and camaraderie her fellow musicians provided, which she enjoyed until she could no longer ascend the stairs to the choir loft.
She was an avid reader, regularly attended Timber Lake Playhouse, and loved walking outdoors. She traveled extensively throughout the United States and had visited fourteen countries in Europe and Central America.
Survivors include her three children, James (Cheryl) Broderick of Gilman, Ill., Thomas of Peoria, Ill., and Mary (David) Broderick Krier of Viroqua, Wis.; one grandson, Keith (Becca) Broderick of Anchorage, Alaska; a brother, Raymond (Diane) Scholze of Guam; and a sister, Lorraine (Darrell) Heinn, of Stacy, Minn.
Eight of her siblings, Paul, Donald, Ervin, Kenneth, Richard and Arlene Scholze as well as Doris Schmidt and Evelyn Somerville, preceded her in death.