In Memory

Margaret Gangwere (Kaatz Kirwan)

Margaret Marie Hipp, 67, formerly Margaret M. Kaatz Kirwan, died March 6, 2017, at her home after a long illness. She was born on July 1, 1949, in Kansas City, Mo., to George and Blanche Gangwere. She graduated from Southwest High School in 1967 and received a bachelor's degree from Baker University in 1971. She lived in the Kansas City area all of her life except for 1971-1985 when she lived in southern California and Arizona and a few months in 1997 when she lived in Mexico. She was married to Paul Kaatz from 1972 until his death in 1985. She was married to Lee Donald Kirwan, Jr. from 1997 until his death in 2008. Margaret was an avid scuba diver, a certified cave diver and a scuba instructor. She had dived all over the world, but her favorite dive site was Bonaire which she visited many times. She always loved dogs and was an active supporter of MoKan Greyhound Adoption. Margaret enjoyed socializing with her many friends at the 75th Street Brewery and similar establishments. She was a beautiful, kind and gentle person. She will be greatly missed by those fortunate enough to have known her. She is survived by her husband, Rodney V. Hipp; mother, Blanche M. Gangwere; brother, George H. Gangwere, III. and his wife Patricia Gangwere; brother, Robert L. Gangwere and his wife Kay Kramer; two nieces, Stephanie Woodard and Rachel Gangwere; and two grandnephews, Hunter Woodard and Mason Woodard. A visitation will be from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan., with funeral immediately following at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to MoKan Greyhound Adoption, PO Box 234, Independence, MO 64051.

Published in Kansas City Star on Mar. 9, 2017

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03/10/17 11:31 AM #1    

Jenifer Hearne (Megaris)

Sorry to hear this. I thought Margaret was a very nice person and friend. 

03/10/17 11:33 AM #2    

Kent Johnson

Mararet was a kind person. We shared many classes over our journey through Southwest. She had a beutiful smile, and flashed it often. We have lost a friend and classmate.

03/10/17 12:56 PM #3    

Bud Young

Kent said it best in his comment. I remember her from classes at Bingham and Southwest, and her brother George too. My first reaction was to say " Oh No ! "   After thinking about it for second or two ,it was because she truly was a kind and nice girl. She will be missed by many..

03/10/17 02:36 PM #4    

Gene Greenberg

Very sorry to hear about Margaret. We were classmates from Border Star until our Southwest graduation and she was always a great person to be around. She will be remembered well by everyone she touched in her too short life.

03/11/17 02:05 PM #5    

Tuck Milligan

This is so hard to hear.  I knew Margaret all through Border Star and Southwest.  I don't ever remember her not smiling or about to giggle.  She was a bright and glowing soul.

03/11/17 10:54 PM #6    

Maggie Finkel (Gilmore)

So very sorry to hear about Margaret's passing.  Another of our classmates gone too soon.  She led an exciting life.  My thoughts to her family.

03/11/17 10:56 PM #7    

D. Suzanne "Suzy" Willard (Thurman)

I, too, remember Margaret from our years at Border Star and Southwest.    I remember her as funny, mischievous at times and always with a twinkle in her eye.   A truly fun and genuinely kind person.leaving those of us who knew her with wonderful memories of a petite and sweet friend.

03/13/17 08:26 PM #8    

Janet Jackson (Andrews)

I was so sorry to hear about Margaret's passing. She was so sweet in school and always had a smile. I was looking forward to seeing her at the reunion. 

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