It is with profound grief that we share the news of the passing of our beautiful Kathy, Dr. Kathleen Feehan-Schmidt. On December 30th, at the too young age of 70 yrs., Kathleen went Home to Heaven. Kathleen was surrounded by her family and dearest friends, singing, laughter and great love during the days before she breathed her last. Kathleen was a great friend, wise counselor, healer, and forever student. She never stopped learning. Her chiropractic practice spanned 4 decades, and her patients trusted and loved her. She is survived by beloved partner of 47 years, David Schmidt, her three younger siblings, Patrick (Carrie), Thomas (Karen), Susan Feehan and David’s siblings, Pam Stabnow (Mark), Roni Rumpf (Frank), Lisa Bevens (Mike), Danielle Crawford (Rick), and Katy McBride (Jay). In addition, she will be missed by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews who grew up with Dr. Feehan as their healer.
Kathleen graduated from Glencoe High School in 1970 and married David Schmidt of Stillwater in 1977. She found her gift for healing, attending Northwestern Chiropractic School and becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1984. Kathleen was a well-respected chiropractor in the Afton community for over 37 years. She started the Afton Chiropractic clinic and later founded the Calla Lily Day Spa in Afton that continues to thrive today. Kathleen also was a scientist and loved researching new healing modalities. Kathleen created and marketed a line of Dr. Feehan Natural Home Therapies, including Healthy Toes and Immune Boost.
Mostly Kathleen was a healer, and she took the time with each patient to guide them to better health. Kathleen had a deep desire to help, and she did in so many ways. Everyone came away uplifted after time with Kathleen, she was always positive, all the time. Even late into her illness, she kept things positive, and was only concerned with caring for others.
Kathleen loved hosting gatherings with her people, and creating beautiful space, scrumptious food and uproarious laughter. She and David hosted many fun gatherings (or Hootenannies) over the years. She loved listening to “The Back Porch Band” her husband David’s band. Her absence leaves a huge void for us here but now she is busy celebrating in heaven with mom, dad, and lots of aunts, uncles and friends.
A gathering and celebration of Kathleen’s life will take place in May.
You will be remembered. You will be long remembered, by those who knew you best, by those who shared your story, by those who caught a quick glimpse into your heart. They will remember your smile. They will remember the sound of your voice, your laugh. They will tell others about you, about your humor and your kindness, your generosity and your courage. Through their words your life will once again weave its way through the wide spaces of life, where it counts, where it matters, where life is remembered and comes to life again. Never worry, dear friend, you will be remembered. Steven Charleston