Maureen Allman Delaney, 67
Jan. 29, 1950 — Dec. 17, 2017
Maureen “Molly” Allman Delaney passed away Dec. 17, 2017, at the age of
67. She was born Jan. 29, 1950, in Beloit to her parents, Mary McKenna
Delaney and James A. Delaney. Molly entered this world with a twinkle in
her blue eyes that was only matched by her charm and character. She grew
up in a full, loving and faithful Catholic home, as the sixth of seven
children. In 1953, the family moved to Hartford.
Molly received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Saint
Mary of the Woods in Indiana, and throughout her life, would often be
seen wearing the signature rectangular black and gold college ring.
Molly later moved to Birmingham, Michigan, where she spent the next
years raising her family and establishing lifelong friendships. In 1989,
Molly returned to Wisconsin, creating a warm and welcoming home for her
family in Madison. It was here that Molly also began a long career
working for the state of Wisconsin, first as the executive secretary for
Sen. Brian Rude and then for the Department of Tourism and University of
Wisconsin Extension. She developed many dear friendships throughout her
Molly was a dedicated and beloved mother and grandmother. She is
survived by her four children, Meggan Kramen (John), Emily Herrick
(Devon), Peter Hoskow (Sarah) and Timothy Hoskow (Sara), and 11
grandchildren, Keely, Sadie, Macade, Teagan, Lucy, Eleanor, Finnley,
Pavla, Oliver, Holdyn and Isaiah. She is further survived by sisters,
Mary Faith Emmerich (Joseph) and Margaret Delaney-Potthoff (Sims), and
brothers, Harry Delaney (Anita), Timothy Delaney (Maria) and Tom Delaney
(Nan). She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, James
Delaney (Eileen). Molly was also a loving aunt to 20 nieces and nephews.
Molly will be remembered for her warmth, compassion, generosity, sense
of humor, masterful storytelling and her ability to give the perfect
gift — and an even more perfect hug. From a goodnight tuck-in, to
lending a listening ear, Molly had a unique ability to sense the needs
of others and help them find joy and comfort. Her laugh was big and
genuine — if only it were bottled! Molly’s generosity persisted until
her death, as she participated in a number of cancer research trials,
believing knowledge is power and that her experience could serve others
in the future.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, at Immaculate
Heart of Mary Catholic Church (5101 Schofield St., Monona, WI 53716)
with a Visitation preceding beginning at 9 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Molly to either:
UW Carbone Cancer Center: Attn: Katie Williquette, 600 Highland Ave.,
K4/658, Madison, Wisconsin 53792. Donations will go toward research by
her treating physician, Dr. Glenn Liu.
Or, Marquette University through the Maureen A. Delaney Endowed
Scholarship. Donations can be sent and/or checks made out to Marquette
University, Maureen A. Delaney Scholarship Memorial Fund, University
Advancement, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201, or made through the