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Katherine Rose Hogan
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 17, 1934
  • Place of birth:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 8, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Livonia, Michigan, United States
Let the memory of Katherine be with us forever

This memorial website was created in honor of our adored mother, Katherine Rose Hogan, 81, who passed away on August 8, 2015. You may have known her as Ma Hogan. We invite you to share your stories and sentiments of this gentle, silly, love-filled woman.

A memorial service and luncheon will be held at Unity Church of Livonia on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, we invite you to make donations to SOS Children’s Villages.

In peace,
Steve, Deb, Lin, Laura Jean, Cyn, Tom, Theresa, and Martie 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Theresa LaMonica on 8th August 2017

"Missing you every single day, mom!  Missing our walks, and talks and songs.  Missing your laugh and smile, and attitude, more than I could every had imagined.  Wishing you were here to hold and hug and love your 7 incredible great grandsons, and see how incredibly wonderful your 13 grandchildren have become.  I wish you were here to hold my hand during the difficult times, and enjoy the best of times.   We all miss you and love you and will forever hold you in our hearts and souls."

This tribute was added by Cynthia Taylor on 8th August 2017

"So hard to believe it's been two years, Mom. But in a strange way, it actually feels like you returned to us two years ago. Your smile, your giggle, that quirky sense of humor of yours--they all came back. I know you are at happy and at peace; I can feel it. I miss you and love you and think of you every day."

This tribute was added by Martie Lickteig on 3rd May 2017

"Happy belated Birthday MOM!!!!!  I spent your birthday with your new great grandson Gideon Adam Morrisette. You would love him!! My lilacs are in full bloom and they bring me so much happiness because of you!! I think of you every day and all the happiness you brought to the world."

This tribute was added by Pat Cavanaugh on 8th August 2016

"Dear Kathy,  I know you are looking down on us everyday.  You did an amazing job taking care of your family while here on earth.  May I ask one more favor of you now that you are up in heaven.  Please keep us all in your prayers.  Missing you, Your sister-in-law....Pat"

This tribute was added by Theresa LaMonica on 18th April 2016

"Clear blue skies and bright wonderful sunshine all day yesterday.  A day my mother would most definitely have enjoyed and for certain, would have mentioned "what a beautiful day", it was. Something her 4 year old great grandson Miller,  says without prompt or even knowing just how much he reminds me of her on these new and fresh spring days.  I had put my phone a side early yesterday morning, (unusual) just after a close friend, who I was just about to call stopped by.  What a nice surprise.  A short visit, and on to start some gardening.  She came back a while later, and we visited and enjoyed the sunshine.  With Sammy home now, he had an old friend over for frisbee, and invited Miller over to play.  Maggie brought both Miller and Hudson, and though Sam was planning to go to the park, I convinced them to stay and play in the yard.  Several more hours of children playing, frisbees, and baseball, and riding toys, running through the sprinkler and so much more fun. Shortly after the little ones arrived, Martie, Julia and Hailie show up, for more fun in the sun.   After the girls left, Maggie and Dan came by with Hayden, and continued the full day of fun and games.    Mom would have loved every minute of it.  Being Sunday, no calendar to keep track of and the fact that I hadn't checked my phone again until 4:00 I had forgotten it was mom's Birthday. :(.   Funny thing is my phone FB reminded me, right smack in the middle of this beautiful day, with a re-post of mom's lasts Birthday wishes I had posted on her 81st Birthday last year.  It was a wonderful reminder, and when I mentioned it, everyone else seemed to already know.  I went to bed feeling exhausted a little sunburned and very, very happy that I was able to spend mom's birthday, for the first time w/o her, but for sure with so many others that she loved so dearly, and doing all the things she loved so much about "such a beautiful day".  Love and miss you mom,  more then I ever imaged, but days like yesterday make it all just that much easier!  Thanks to all who shared such a beautiful day with us all, and to those who were away, know that Mom / Ma Hogan was shining down on you all, where ever you may have been on such a Beautiful day!! Love Theresa"

This tribute was added by Lisa Barker on 5th January 2016

"I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I've never forgotten her nor her family since leaving Livonia in 1978. The Hogan house was fun with a true sense of family. Lisa Barker (Boyle) -
WPB , Fl."

This tribute was added by Steve Auffarth on 25th August 2015

"Cynthia and family,
My deepest sympathies go out to you and all of your family!  A person is truly influenced by the nurture of someone who cares,,,and based on your whole family I can only imagine that your Mom was a truly special person!"

This tribute was added by kimberly blanc on 20th August 2015

"I'm so sorry for your lost I use to live on Greenland Ct.  I had such a happy childhood because of the Hogan family.  Thank you all for my happy childhood.  I will always remember you Mrs. Hogan and love you so much."

This tribute was added by Nancy K on 20th August 2015

"Lovely Lady

A lovely lady I once knew
She had 8 children, I mean whew!
She loved them all
Through good and bad,
You can tell she cherished
All the moments they had.
The grand babies made her smile like never before,
All umpteen of them she did adore.
All agendas to be put aside in honor of you,
Lovely lady I bid you adieu."

This tribute was added by Karis Wilson Jones on 19th August 2015

"Dear Hogan family,

Thank you for the privilege of caring for your mother. She was loved by the community and the team and she was a joy to care for. We thank you for sharing her with us and pray for your peace and comfort during these times.

Your Marycrest Family."

This tribute was added by Paul Lickteig on 18th August 2015

"Ma Hogan was a loving, caring and beautiful person... I will miss her.  I remember being at her house on many occasions, and her and the rest of the family were always welcoming and kind.  May God's blessing be on her and the whole family."

This tribute was added by Don Petersen on 17th August 2015

"It was the Summer of 1969. Livonia. Greenland Ct. A new family moved in to 32619 Greenland Ct, just three houses down.

I would be forever changed. Tom became my best friend until my family moved in 1979. Debbie was our babysitter. And, in many ways, Mrs. Hogan became my mom.

There was rarely a day when I wasn't over the Hogan house. Watching TV, eating fish-sticks, and hanging out with Tom. At the Hogan house, I saw the moon landings, Nixon resign, and some nut-job named Squeeky try and kill President Ford. Oh, and the Waltons and Happy Days!

I learned so much from Mrs. Hogan. She never "lectured" me. That wasn't her style. But through little daily lessons, she was able to teach me by example. She taught me about compassion. About caring for others. About understanding. Mrs. Hogan was a constant in my life. A daily reminder that there was a right way and a wrong way to do everything.

In 1978-1979, my mom and sisters moved to Lansing. Dad was in jail. I stayed in Livonia to play baseball and work until the early morning hours at Roma Hall. I was a fool 10th grader living alone. But Mrs. Hogan was always there for me. She'd be there to wash clothes, to feed me, and mostly to tolerate my antics. Because, I was, of course, the smartest person in the world who didn't need anything. And she tolerated me. She gave me far more respect than I deserved.

After I moved away in 1979, Tom and I grew apart , and I probably only saw Mrs. Hogan a few times. Yep it's been a long, long time. But you will never be forgotten. Mrs. Hogan, thank you so much for everything. You were such a wonderful person, and you had such a huge impact on my life. Thank you for everything. I will never forget you.

Don Petersen"

This tribute was added by Cynthia Taylor on 16th August 2015

"There's no doubt that my mother was an incredibly stubborn woman. But at a time when we literally have to remind each other that human lives matter, Katherine Hogan was without doubt also the most truly nonjudgmental, open hearted person I've ever known. She never stopped feeling grateful for all she had, even when all she had was a houseful of out-of-control teenagers. Her sense of humor was simple; her wants simpler: A stroll through the neighborhood holding a small child's hand was one of her greatest pleasures. For a woman who never thought of herself as very smart, she taught me so incredibly much. You held on stubbornly, Mom, and I could never shake the feeling that you were holding on not so much for us but to us. We know. We can feel you still holding. Your hand in ours. Always. And as tempting as it is to say that I'm glad you're finally at peace, the truth is that it's not really peace I want for you. It's joy. It's wonder. It's a giggle, a song, a dance. They are all yours again, Mom. Enjoy!"

This tribute was added by Sandy Bostick on 16th August 2015

"Any woman who has raised eight children, two of which are twins, ought to be sainted. May you rest in peace Kathy. You will truly be missed by your wonderful family.


This tribute was added by Tom Hogan-Schmidt on 15th August 2015

"Mom, while you always assumed one of your kids was responsible when wrong had been done; you always forgave immediately and unconditionally.  I've missed doing crosswords, watching jeopardy, talking politics with you for ten years already and will always miss those special connections.  You deserved so much more of life.  But most recently I wished for you comfort and peace of mind.  Thanks for everything."

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