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“Hi Kuta family, My sister Jane just sent me the contact for your beautiful web page in tribute to your mom. I especially enjoyed the video! Since Pat...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Joan Looker - DES MOINES, IA

“John, Bob and Kuta family. I am so sorry to read about your mother's death. I remember her with fondness. I did not learn about her passing until...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Bill Baltimore - Davenport, IA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Brian Grimes - La Grange, IL

“My condolences to Bob and the rest of the Kuta family on the loss of your mother. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Joe Speer - Davenport, IA

“Pat was such a great help to band parents. She was the only seamstress that could take apart a uniform, sew some fabric into it from a spare, and...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Ruth Wirtz - Davenport, IA

“I remember Pat in her carefree days when she was in college, and how much Carroll and I admired her life style. She enjoyed her summer job at St....Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Jane Meehan - Omaha, NE

“Dear cousins, Sue, Nancy, Beth, Ann, Mary Jo, Bob and John, I am so very sorry to hear your mom; my Aunt Pat, has passed away. I didn't see her or...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Michele Mendyk - St. Louis, MO

“What a lovely tribute to your mom. Nancy, Bob - my heartfelt condolences to you and your siblings and extended family. You mom sounds like a...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Eileen Vasil Paliakas - La Grange, IL

“Pat was the spirit of generosity, and always willing to make room for one more -- kid at the table, in the car, or to tackle yet another project. ...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Celeste Bremer - Des Moines, IA

“I remember walking home from McKinley with Sue for so many FUN sleep overs/parties at the Kutas...she always made you feel a part of the family..Mrs....Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Susie Wells Villafuentes - WI

“Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing, but what a lovely obituary I have just read! Floods of memories came back... walking over to...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Kathy Roche Kaczmarek - davenport, IA

“I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a special person, and will missed by not only her family, but by friends. I will always...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Jo (Bestul) Schultz - Winona, MN


Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Patricia "Pat" Kuta, 85, a resident of Chicago, formerly of Eldridge and Davenport, will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 17, 2012, at Our Lady of the River Catholic Church, LeClaire, Iowa. Following a luncheon at the church, burial will take place at 1:30 at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Mrs. Kuta died Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at Wesley Place, Chicago, surrounded by her loving family.
Mary Patricia Griffin was born on July 17, 1927, in Lincoln, Nebraska, a daughter of Helena (nee Carroll) and William Joseph Griffin. She was a graduate of Cathedral High School, Lincoln, NE (1945) and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (1949) with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.
She was united in marriage to Arnold J. ("Jack") Kuta on June 6, 1950. He preceded her in death on February 12, 2007.
After teaching kindergarten for a year, her college training was used as she raised seven children – reading to them and inspiring curiosity.
When the nest was empty, Pat volunteered at the Quad Cities' Festival of Trees, worked as a judge of elections held at McKinley Elementary School, arranged flowers for sale at St. Luke's Hospital's Petals and Leaves program. When Pat and Jack moved to Eldridge, she quilted little blankets for the teddy bears donated at the hospital. Most importantly, Pat's happiest moments included the time she spent with her children and her treasured grandkids.
Familiar with almost every known craft, she sampled knitting, crocheting, quilting, cross-stitching, ceramics, mosaics, and basket-weaving, although sewing was her long-term love. She could lose hours at the sewing machine, drinking coffee and stitching with her best buddy, Adrienne Bremer. When Pat mastered a design, she didn't stop until she'd made a version for each of her kids, and their friends, and the neighbors. Pat enjoyed baking, but was happy to retire from cooking, given the decades during which she had been responsible for feeding so many mouths with such varying tastes. She was known, among her assisted-living friends, to revel in whatever was served there, because "I didn't have to plan, shop, cook or clean up afterward."
Pat was known by friends and helping staff alike as a woman who greeted you with a smile, never complained, and always asked how she could help.

Her memberships included: Sigma Kappa Sorority; Knights of Columbus Auxiliary; St Anthony's Catholic Women's League; member of the Parish Board of Education for Sacred Heart Cathedral; Davenport Central High School's Band Mother and Speech Parent; classroom mother over countless years; Scout volunteer for a multitude of Boy Scout dens and Girl Scout troops (although she absolutely refused to go camping). She delighted in having been nominated for Irish Mother of the Year.
In lieu of flowers, we ask you to honor her memory by helping those who helped her:
The Alzheimer's Association, Covenant Home of Chicago, and the American Diabetes Association.
Mary Pat is survived by her 7 children: Mary Jo (Mark) Stutenberg; John (Suzanne) Kuta, M.D.; Ann Kuta (Peter Felitti); Nancy (Tom) Cunningham; Bob (Nancy) Kuta; Susan Kuta; Beth (Mark) Schaffer; 8 grandchildren: Matt (Loran) Stutenberg; Kevin (Mandy) Stutenberg; Allison Kuta (Matt Bergthold); Adam Kuta; Anna Kuta; Claire Cunningham; Luke Cunningham; Amy Schaffer; 4 great-grandchildren: Bella Kuta; Ben Bergthold; Dominik Stutenberg; Lia Stutenberg; and siblings: William (Sharon) Griffin and Carroll (Donald) Dischner.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a granddaughter, Katherine Cunningham; her parents, and many loving relatives.