Catherine “Katie” Dofka Siegal, 53, of Wheeling, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017, peacefully at home.
She was born November 25, 1963. Katie graduated from Mt. DeChantal Academy and attended West Virginia University. She was an avid athlete, excelling in softball, hockey, golf and cheerleading. Katie is remembered as a kind and caring individual with sincere love for her family, her son, her pets, and she was a favorite aunt to her nieces and nephew.
She is preceded in death by her father, Patrick Dofka and her niece, Kerri Gilligan.
Katie is survived by her son, Jeffrey and daughter-in-law, Erin, of Houston, TX; Rick Siegal of Canton, OH; her mother, Charline Dofka; two sisters, Michele Dofka Young and Patty and brother-in-law, Terry Gilligan, all of Wheeling; a special Uncle Tom Manion of Summerfield, FL; nieces, Kristin (Ryan) Gilligan Morris of Atlanta, GA, Kathleen Gilligan of Wheeling, and Kimberly Gilligan of Austin, TX and a nephew, Michael Buseman currently residing in Florida.
Family and friends will be received Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 4-7 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger St., where a prayer service will be held at 6:30 pm with Rev. Bill Matheny Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Ohio County Animal Shelter in Katie’s memory by clicking here.
Condolences may be offered online at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.
My deepest condolences. Katie was a childhood friend. I have many good memories of our friendship. May she rest in eternal peace.
Dear Mrs. Dofka and Family,
So sorry to learn about Katie.
Please know that your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
With deepest sympathy,
Pete & Erin Cuffaro
Katie was a true friend to all. She was full of energy and spirit. I was a couple of years ahead of Katie at Mt de Chantal, but due to the uniquness of the school, we were all close friends. Katie’s smile gave a window into her soul and I am blessed to have had her as a friend. Rest well dear Katie.
We mourn because we are human, we rejoice because we are Christian.
Peace to all!
So sorry to hear of Katie’s death. Had a lot of fun times with her on the golf course. Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family.
It was a shock to hear the news of Katie’s passing. Katie and I were great friends in high school and sadly we had lost touch over the years. Not only do memories of those years bring a smile to my face, I find myself laughing out loud. May you find comfort in the memories you cherish and know that you are all in my prayers.
Here goes the Tall and the Short of it.. Never will I forget the one day we missed our ride to the Linsly gym for basketball practice. Katie talked me into crossing Big Wheeling Creek and face Coach “Uncle Bill” at the gym. Needless to say we were late and on the bad list. Katie taught me courage to get to practice that day. Moving forward we always shared our gifts of laughter to those that were unfavorable to our growing pains. Your smile and laughter was a shining star for me and I will miss you.
I was a classmate of Katie’s at Mt de Chantal. We played basketball, softball and volleyball together – where Katie was a star on the court and the field. She was fast and feisty, a true athlete. Off the court, Katie was equally full of zest, quick with a smile or a prank. There was never a dull moment with Katie around. I am confident that Katie continued to inspire much love and fun for her family and friends. We have lost a star this week. Shine on, Katie!
Katie was the reason I played sports at the mount. She was so full of positive energy , fun to be around and so talented in any sport she played! When we were in college at West Liberty, she talked me into dying my hair for the first time and it literally turned yellow. She truly was one of the most beautiful brides I ever saw and she always made everyone feel loved and welcome anytime she would see an old friend. Rick and Jeffrey I am so sorry for your great loss.
I remember Katie’s energy, enthusiasm and friendly smile at the Mount. So sorry for your loss.
To say I am in shock would be an understatement. Katie had so much energy and life. She was so bold! I can recall so many fun times at the Mount, at home, and later in life. I always laughed when I was around her. She was a dare devil. I’ve laughed and cried today from hearing the news and remembering so many great, funny, and crazy times we had together and wished I’d kept in better touch these last years. Her smile was unforgettable and mischievous, just like her. Mrs. Dofka, Jeffrey, and Patty I can only offer my greatest and deepest sympathy. She will be so missed.