Patricia J. "Pat" Cawley

  • Born: March 15, 1927
  • Died: December 2, 2017
  • Location: Dubuque, Iowa

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1491 Main Street
(563) 582-3297
Dubuque, IA 52001
Tel. (563) 582-3297

Tribute & Message From The Family

Patricia J. Cawley, age 90, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:56 a.m., on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center where she was recovering from an illness. To honor Pat's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Pat was born on March 15, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of first generation immigrants John and Elsie (Leigh) Kiely.

Pat received a B.A. degree in English from Mundelein College, Chicago, Illinois (now Loyola University) and worked for several years after graduation as an assistant to the Public Relations director of the renowned Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. Pat was united in marriage to Edward Cawley on February 5, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. The couple spent several years in Madison, WI where Ed completed his PhD in plant ecology before they moved in 1960 to Dubuque, where Ed joined the faculty of Loras College. They were blessed with 59 years of marriage, and five adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on April 3, 2014. Pat cherished her role as loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She also had a deep appreciation of English Literature and education, obtaining a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Loras College and teaching at St. Anthony's School for 17 years until her retirement in 1989. Pat's faith was an integral part of her life; she was a faithful member of St. Raphael's Cathedral for over 50 years, where she and Ed volunteered on countless ministries. She felt blessed to profess the faith as a lector, often surprising those in attendance when such a powerful voice came from so petite a speaker, and to bring others to the faith as an instructor in the RCIA program. Pat also served the community through the Seven Sisters Apostolate, was a great advocate for the unborn through her work at Birthright of Dubuque, and the League of Women Voters, including a term as President in the 1970's. Pat and Ed for decades showed their devotion to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament through adoration at the Power of Prayer Chapel.

Pat was a gentle and wise lady whose life was defined by her efforts to fulfill the spiritual works of mercy. When circumstance and physical limitations kept her from carrying out these works in person, she relied on prayer and dedication to the Divine Chaplet of Mercy to support her family and others.

Those left to cherish Pat's memory include

her 5 children:
Michael (Linda) Cawley, Phoenix, AZ,
Teresa (Bob) Murphy, Midland, TX,
Daniel (Dominique) Cawley, Cedar Falls, IA,
Elizabeth (Mike) Sievers, Dubuque, IA,
and Genevieve (John) Coyle, Alexandria, VA;

her 13 grandchildren:
Ian, Ryan, and Morgan Cawley,
Steven (Melanie), Thomas, and Shannon Murphy,
Louis and Edward Sievers,
and Jack, Margaret (Zack), Michael, Elizabeth, and Joseph Coyle;

and a great-grandson,
Holden Cawley.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Edward Cawley; and a sister, Mary Kiely.

A Patricia J. Cawley memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities (St. Raphael's Cathedral, Birthright of Dubuque, and the Power of Prayer Chapel).

Pat's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caretakers at No Place Like Home for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Pat, which allowed her to stay in her home until her death.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm a member of St. Raphael Cathedral parish and have know Ed and Pat
for years. We were in a faith sharing group together with Sr. Ruth Jackson
for quite some time. Ed and Pat were an inspiration for all of us. I thoroughly enjoyed Pat's "right on" analysis. I miss their warm hearts and steadfast
example in living their faith. Pat's picture certainly captures her wonderful spirit.
They are gone but never forgotten!

Posted by Diane Kramer - East Dubuque, IL - Friend   December 11, 2017

It was indeed MY pleasure to care for Ed & Pat - both intelligent, beautiful, faithful people. The love I witnessed in the Cawley family was inspirational! Memories of them will always put a smile on my face.

Posted by Dianne Stecklein - Peosta, IA - Friend   December 08, 2017

I'm so sorry to the family for your loss. She was quite an accomplished and remarkable women

Posted by Mary (Sitzmann-Summers) - Dubuque, IA - Neighbor   December 08, 2017


Teresa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you through this time. I would have like to visit with you but will be out of town this weekend. Know that my prayers are with you all. Libby Ludens streinz

Posted by Libby Ludens Streinz - Dubuque, IA - Friend   December 07, 2017


I am saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved Mom, Liz. Seeing her picture, I see your twinkling eyes. God Bless your entire family. Sincerely, Jane

Posted by Jane DeShaw - DYERSVILLE, IA   December 06, 2017