Maureen Allman Delaney, 67
Jan. 29, 1950 — Dec. 17, 2017

Maureen Allman Delaney, 67 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 career.

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 website at