Kathleen Ann Riha “Kathy”, 64, of Gurnee Illinois, passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 28, 2022.
Kathy was born on February 19, 1958 to Helen Marie Doherty (Hanson) and Francis Edward Doherty in Chicago, Illinois. Kathy graduated from Alvernia High School in 1976.
Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Raymond Riha Jr., two daughters, Jen (Donnie) Moline of Twin Lakes, WI, and Kim (Andy) Riha-Neiman of Austin, TX, two grandchildren, Grayson and Lily Moline, four siblings, Mike (Susan) Doherty, Mary (Dave) Davis, Bob (Debbie) Doherty, and Sharon Doherty, 16 nieces & nephews, and 11 great nieces & nephews, and many loving extended family members & friends.
Kathy began working for Xylem (formerly ITT Bell and Gossett) at the age of 18 and continued working for the same company until her death. It was because of her career she met her husband Ray through her future father-in-law. After marrying in August of 1981, they resided in Northlake, Illinois until moving to Gurnee in 1993 to raise their family. Kathy enjoyed the close relationships she developed with the people in her neighborhood and her friendship with John and Madeline Caselli was particularly special to her & Ray. The four of them would continue to spend time together playing spades and shooting the breeze on Saturday nights. Her friendship with Madeline was very dear to her heart.
One of Kathy’s favorite traditions was the family’s yearly Christmas cookie baking day. She was able to get together with her sisters and sister-in-law for cookie baking this year, and always cherished that time together.
Kathy’s favorite title was Grandma, “Maw-Maw” to Grayson and Lily, as they were the lights of her life.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date and time. In lieu of flowers, Kathy would want you to raise a glass of rum and coke (make sure it’s Bacardi!), in her honor.
The Riha Family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Warren Funeral Home 1475 N. Cemetery Road (located on the northside of the intersection of Tri-State Parkway and Cemetery Rd.) in Gurnee, Illinois 60031.
For further information please call 1-847-855-2760,