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Kathleen Elizabeth “Katie” Fanning,

May 26, 2020 | 3 comments

Kathleen Elizabeth “Katie” Fanning, 28, of Onalaska passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

Known as “the funniest kid he knew” by her Grandfather John, she is survived by her parents, Kelley and Joseph of Madison; her grandmother Diana Molumby of Burlington; her brother Eric of Cal.; and nephews, Mel and Sam of Nev.

Katie is further survived by her aunts and uncles Greg (Roseanne) Totten of Melrose, Pat (Penny) Fanning of Janesville, Nancy Fanning of Fairfax, Va., Patrick (Tammy) Molumby of Burlington, Robin (Randy) Kuhn of Burlington, Daniel (Maria) Molumby of Burlington, Karen Molumby of Naples, Fla., Marcia (Doug) Zboril of Fox River Grove, Ill., Jeannine (David) Griffith of Madison and John (Kim) Molumby of Muskego, and numerous cousins.

Katie was preceded in death by her great grandmother Ida Tonelli, her grandfather John Molumby, her aunt and godmother, Luanne Totten, her uncle Mike Fanning and her paternal grandparents, Emmett and Elizabeth Fanning.

The family would like to extend the deepest sense of gratitude to the palliative care team at Mayo Hospital in LaCrosse for their compassion during this trying time and especially to Nurse Macy for the brilliant and thoughtful gesture to Katie on her final day.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate consideration of a donation to the following organizations in Katie’s name: Make a Wish Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, WI or VIP Industries of Elkhorn, WI.  Both were impactful to her during her life time.  Please mark it “In Memory of Kathleen Fanning”.

The next time you see a monarch butterfly understand that Katie is nearby and checking in on you.



  1. Shauna Johnson

    I send my condolences to your family. I was a VIP staff and Katie’s smile and laugh always brightened my day. She had such a loving soul. She will be missed by many. Fly high Katie fanning and may you Rest In Peace sweet girl.

  2. Jen Patrick

    I was an employee of VIP and had the pleasure of knowing Katie or as I called her Katie Bug . She was a cheerful happy soul that always found a way to make you smile. Thankyou for sharing your bright, funny, beautiful daughter with me.

  3. Dawn Kimpel

    I’m so sorry to hear of Katie’s passing. I was shocked to see it in the newspaper. She was a beautiful soul who could light up a room with her little giggle. I am happy to have had the opportunity to meet her.

    Dawn Kimpel


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