1928-2012

Mary Jo “Jody” Gatens-McKenna, 83, of Fort Collins, Colo., died peacefully Sunday, March 18, 2012, with the comfort of her family close at hand.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Parish in Fort Collins.

Interment will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Kingman, Kan., followed by Recitation of the Rosary at 10:45 and a memorial mass at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church also in Kingman.

Visitation is planned from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Goes Funeral Care, 3665 Canal Drive, Suite E, Fort Collin, CO.

Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. today.

Guest registry is available at http://www.goesfuneralcare.com.

Mary Jo Gatens was born in Iowa City on Dec. 2, 1928 to James and Winifred Gatens.

She grew up in Carroll and graduated from Loretto Heights College in Denver with a BS in Nursing.

She married Maurice McKenna in 1953 in Carroll. They lived for a short while in Denver prior to settling in Fort Collin, Colo., in 1956.  She began her nursing career at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins working her way Director of OB.  Jody also worked in nursing at a few private medical offices, and after taking time off to take care of and raise her children, began working at Columbine East Nursing Home where she eventually became the Director of Nursing. She retired three years ago as a pharmacy tech.

Jody was a longtime and active member of St. Joseph Parish and was also among the founding members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. She loved music and was quite talented as she participated in the church choir for several years. She loved to play Bridge; attend musicals; travel; and she especially enjoyed being around her grandchildren.

She is survived by four children, Patricia (and Dennis) Hotovec of Thornton, Colo., James (and Shawna) McKenna of Fort Collins, Colo., Maureen (and Geoffrey) Johns of Carbondale and Jeff Geilenkirchen of Fort Collins, Colo.; two step-sons, Loren (and Nancy) Geilen of Castle Rock, Colo., and Evan (and Jane) Geilenkirchen of North Platte, Neb.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Maurice E. McKenna; her husband, Maurice McKenna; her sister, Jane Prenger; and a stepson, Phillip Geilenkirchen.