Nebraska Authors

Kate Cavanaugh

AKA: Kathleen M. Munnelly Cavanaugh

Born 1947-10-17 St. Charles, IL (USA)

Died 2009-10-28
Omaha, NE (USA)

Buried 2009-10-31
Omaha, NE (USA)
Calvary Cemetary

Kate Cavanaugh and her husband, U.S. Congressman John Cavanaugh, were the parents of eight children. The family often served as fodder for Kate's weekly column in the Omaha World-Herald. A collection of her columns was published in the 1989 book, Mother's Day. The book was reviewed for the Omaha World-Herald by fellow Omaha humorist, Teresa Bloomingdale. According to Bloomingdale, "At some point in her life, Kate Cavanaugh - wife of one, mother of eight, cousin to everybody east of the Mississippi and in-law to everybody west - decided that life is not only for the fun, but the funny as well, and being Kate, she simply had to share her laughter with others".
While living in Washington, Kate wrote a column “Letter from Washington” for the Omaha Sun Newspaper.

Places Lived

St. Charles, IL
Omaha, NE
Washington, D.C.
Frankfurt, GERMANY

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Journalism


Humor; Children's Literature


Bachelor of Arts Degree, Creighton University, Omaha, NE



Places Worked

Omaha World-Herald
Numerous volunteer organizations


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 18 April 1991


Wife of former U.S. Congressman, John Cavanaugh


Mothers Day. 1989.
I Can't Sleep With Those Elves Watching Me. 1990.
Pete's Lost. 1991.
Pete Goes to Grand Island. 1992.
Hope for the Best. 1993.

April 1991 Ames Reading Series presentation:

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