Catherine Kay (Kubicek) Knapp dedicated mother, wife, and dear friend to many passed away on December 14, 2022, at the age of 54.
Cathy was born on April 8, 1968, in Lincoln, NE to Elmer and Myra (Haba) Kubicek. She spent a happy childhood playing with her sisters and neighborhood friends, reading novels about horses for hours and hours during the summers, and being very studious during the school year. She kept a dictionary on the bed ready for any new words she came across!
In grade school she played the piano, in middle school she added the clarinet and in high school, she was in the marching and symphonic bands.
At the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, she received a bachelor’s degree in Business/Accounting in 1992 and after graduating stayed in the accounting field for thirty years.
At university, she met Lance Knapp in January, 1989. They were married on January 4, 1992 (his lucky day!) Their beautiful daughter, Maddie, was born in 2002.
Cathy loved playing volleyball, starting with indoor volleyball in middle school, adding sand volleyball in college, and playing on various local and church teams for many years with Lance, her dad, and friends. She was a big fan and booster of Nebraska volleyball and volunteered to make scrapbooks commemorating the careers of two players.
Cathy took up pottery for herself and scrapbooking with her mom and friends. As an avid gardener, she tended veggie, herbs, and flower plots, with the flowers being her favorites. There were always snapdragons, coxcombs, and bleeding hearts growing wildly in the gardens surrounding the house.
Despite being a woman of few words, she made friends easily with her kindness and caring manner. She was selfless, cheering others on quietly with an easy smile that made her friends and family adore her. She was always ready to try something new and dinner or coffee with her was something everyone enjoyed. She will be missed more than words can say.
Cathy was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Diane Knapp. She is survived by her loving husband, Lance, her daughter, Maddie, her parents, Elmer and Myra Kubicek, her sisters, Karen (Dan) Meyer and Connie (Mehdi) Hizem, her father-in-law Paul Knapp and his wife Barb, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved her dearly.
At Cathy’s request, a Celebration of Life & Memorial Service will be held on her birthday, Saturday, April 8, 2023, when she hopes the flowers will be blooming. Family and friends are invited to come and share fond memories and stories. Information about time and location will be forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Cathy’s name to the Lincoln Cat House, her favorite charity.
The family would also like to thank the medical staff at Cancer Partners of Nebraska and the teams at HoriSun and The Monarch for their compassionate care.
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