Patricia J. “Patty” (Moran) Cavanaugh


 Patricia Jane “Patty” (Moran) Cavanaugh

July 3, 1951 – June 23, 2022

  Preceded in death by parents, Jane and Frank Moran; sister, Sr. Colleen Moran O.P.  Patty is survived and will be lovingly remembered by her beloved twin sister, Mary Porter (Scott) of Omaha; daughters, Molly Cavanaugh (Peter Coffey) of Chicago, IL and Anne Cavanaugh (Stephen Pflaum) of Omaha; grandchildren, Declan and Mara Coffey and Conroy Pflaum; brothers, Michael Moran (Nancy) and Kevin Moran (Bobbie) of Omaha; niece, Amy Parkinson (Michael) of Granite City, IL; nephew, Joshua Livingston (Sarah); niece, Carissa Stephens (Travis) of Omaha; her extended Cavanaugh and Moran families; and all of her cherished friends.

VISITATION: Monday, June 27th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, June 28th at 10:30am, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.  Interment, Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to: Josie Harper Hospice House  and Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.


Patty lived all of her life in Omaha.  She attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, Notre Dame High School, where she often pranked the nuns into thinking she was her twin sister Mary when her hijinks got her into trouble, and University of Nebraska Omaha.  She spent her  professional life in the health insurance industry. For many years she worked at Mutual of Omaha and finished her career at Blue Cross Blue Shield, retiring  in 2020. In all of her  positions she expertly and always compassionately and thoughtfully advised and guided her clients.

She was an active parent volunteer throughout her daughter’s education at Holy Cross Elementary, Mercy High School and Duchesne Academy. And when her daughters went off to college and then began careers she always enthusiastically supported their dreams and aspirations and celebrated their accomplishments. The role that brought her great happiness was as “Grammy” to her three grandchildren Declan, Mara and Conroy.

She was an enthusiastic supporter of many political campaigns  and was always willing to help get out the vote to get her candidate elected.

Patty had many adventures traveling around the country (and Europe) with her family and friends. She took any opportunity to visit a new place, National Parks, ski slopes of Colorado, ranches of Western Nebraska and New Mexico, the beaches of California, Lake Michigan and South Carolina, and of course to be with her grandchildren in Omaha and Chicago. 

Patty will be missed for so many reasons but most of all for the joy and love that she brought to family gatherings with her quick wit and camaraderie. It will be a lot less fun to wash the dishes without Patty at the sink making everyone laugh so much they forget how many dirty glasses won’t fit in the dishwasher.  She always said doing dishes was the best time to get all the “gossip” from her numerous nieces and nephews. 

Baking was her forte. Every festivity was even better because Auntie’s brownies or pound cake or spritz cookies were on the buffet table.  

Patty was renowned for her impeccable style. She was always elegantly dressed and she loved to decorate her home for the holidays with all of her beautiful things.  She also loved to share her style with others by giving the “just right” gift, or loaning the exact piece you needed to complete an outfit or tablescape.

The world has lost one of its brightest and most charming and delightful lights but those who are left have the warmest and most joyful memories to cherish.



  • Mary and Bill Jaconetti, Clare , Rose and Billy Posted June 24, 2022 2:34 pm

    Our prayers are with your family. She will always be in your hearts. May she rest in peace.

  • Sue Schumacher Posted June 24, 2022 5:46 pm

    My heart aches for all of you. The world is a much sadder place without Patty in it. You’re in my prayers always.

  • Katherine Smith (Abbott) Posted June 25, 2022 12:15 pm

    I am heartbroken; Patty, Mary and I all worked at Goldstein Chapman’s when we were teenagers. We had so much fun — going to Lake Wakonda, the parks, just driving around. Her brother Kevin would hang with us too…we called him ‘Bugs’. They called each other ‘Porky and Weenie’. We have stayed in touch although I didn’t realize she was ill. I cried myself to sleep. My condolences to the Moran’s and the Cavanaughs….she was SO FUN. And genuine. Like Mary Poppins ‘practically perfect in every way’. She loved her girls and was to the moon with those grands.

  • Cindy Rutledge Posted June 25, 2022 4:09 pm

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family.What a great loss to the world. She will be missed by so many, including me. I worked with Pat at BCBSNE and what I remember most about her was her wonderful dry sense of humor.

  • Jim Coffey Posted June 26, 2022 2:18 pm

    Molly and Anne, so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom! We always loved seeing her, usually at Thanksgiving in Chicago.
    What’s written above is so true about decorating, we usually took pictures at how elegant the table was set and all her help in making a great meal that my family would continue to talk about afterwards. She was a wonderful , sweet person who we will miss. Again our condolences The Coffeys

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