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Lieutenant Colonel Kathleen V. McCoy Ireland

April 18th, 1942 - December 9th, 2015

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     Lieutenant Colonel Kathleen V. (McCoy) Ireland, USAR retired, age 73, passed into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Victoria (Guzek) McCoy. Kathy was born on April 18, 1942 in Erie, Pa.

     A graduate of Academy High School, she earned her Registered Nursing Certificate through Saint Vincent Hospital, her Bachelor’s Degree from Gannon University and her Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University.  Kathy's professional career included Company Nurse at General Electric; ER nurse at St. Vincent Hospital; Army Reservist at 382nd Combat Support Hospital prior to starting her active duty career in the Active Duty Reserves for 20 years in various parts of the country.

     Kathy held various officer positions in volunteer organizations where she lived.  She was an active member/officer of Parents without Partners and the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club while she lived in Erie, Pa. When she retired from the Army she moved to College Station, TX, where she became an active member of the Newcomers Club and held various officer positions in the organization. She was member of the board for Parks and Recreation and the Hospice in College Station, TX. She also volunteered with the Women's Auxiliary in the College Station Fire Department, and was a Docent at the Bush Library.

     She will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother. She is survived by her son James Ireland and his wife Cecilia from Newark, De. ; daughter Jennifer Dvoracek and her husband Michael and grandsons Charles and John from Prattville, Al.; sister LouAnn Lethaby of Erie, Pa.; brothers Jeff McCoy and his wife Vicky of Brenham, Tx.; and Kevin McCoy and his wife K.R. of Crofton, Md.

    Kathy’s remains were recently returned to the family after being donated to Humanity Gifts Registry for medical study. A funeral service will be held at Calvary West Mausoleum Chapel, 3325 W. Lake Rd. (first building on the left), Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11 a.m., with Rev. Jamie Power officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.