Golf Course Builders Association of America
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Lincoln, NE 68516
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Carolyn Galligan Kirchdorfer, wife of GCBAA Founder James Kirchdorfer Sr., has passed.

Carolyn Galligan Kirchdorfer, 80, died peacefully on November 12, 2022. Born in Jeffersonville, IN on November 8, 1942 to the late Charles and Dorothy Galligan, she was the third of six children. She graduated from Providence High School in 1960. Carolyn worked as a secretary at Fawcett Printing. She moved to Louisville upon her marriage to the late James J. Kirchdorfer, Sr. in 1966.


For over fifty years, she was an active member of St. Leonard Catholic Church. Her three children and three of her grandchildren graduated from St. Leonard’s parish school. Carolyn was a tireless volunteer at St. Leonard through the years, most recently serving as a prayer partner for young parishioners. Carolyn served on the Board of Trustees of Providence High School from 2014-2020, during which time she played a key role in the design and construction of the campus chapel which was dedicated to her husband’s memory. Carolyn’s daughter, siblings, and many nieces and nephews graduated from Providence and she was frequently in attendance at Providence sporting events.


In September, Providence awarded its Community Service Award to Carolyn for her many years of dedicated service. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Carolyn was known for her infectious laughter, refreshing honesty, and fierce loyalty. She was an unparalleled storyteller, a sly prankster, and a shrewd player of Old Maid and Pass-the-Trash. She never met a stranger and was the life of every party. She loved traveling with family and friends. Carolyn adored being a grandmother, and was known affectionately to her grandchildren as “Ga.”


Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Dorothy Galligan; her husband, James J. Kirchdorfer, Sr.; and her brother, Mike Galligan. She is survived by her children, Teresa (Craig), Jimmy (Dana), and Mark (Emily); her seven grandchildren, Claire (Luke), Grace, Jay, Emma, Kate, Anna and Sarah; her siblings, Nancy Voelker, Thomas Galligan, Mary Sue Ellenbrand (Kenny), Dottie Zipp (Don); her best friend, Joan Smith (Jim); and many nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be Friday, November 18 from 1:00-8:00 PM at Highlands Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 AM at St. Leonard Catholic Church, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at Big Spring Country Club at 12:00 PM.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Providence High School for the Carolyn Galligan Kirchdorfer Scholarship Fund, 707 Providence Way, Clarksville, IN 47129.