Anna "Janice" Endres
November 17, 1923 – May 15, 2018
Anna “Janice” Kirtley-Endres was born on November 17, 1923 on her family farm a few miles north of Perry, Oklahoma.
She was the eighth child of ten children born to Charles Thomas and Frances Jane “Jenny” Sokol-Kirtley. Janice and her family had to work hard for their daily bread on the farm, especially during hard times such as The Great Depression and The Dust Bowl. When she was 18 years old, she volunteered to move in with her maternal grandfather, Josef Sokol, to care for him in the last year of his life.
On February 21, 1944, she married Walter “Carl” Endres, a local Perry man. Carl was in the Army Air Corps and stationed in Las Vegas, Nevada, so Janice had to take a train from Perry to Las Vegas to meet Carl so they could be wed in Las Vegas. They lived in Las Vegas for a couple of years. On November 8, 1945, Janice gave birth to twin sons, Richard Lawrence and Robert Carl. Because the twins were two months premature, they sadly did not live long after birth. Carl and Janice eventually moved back to Oklahoma. Through the years they have lived in Oklahoma City, Edmond, and Perry. They expanded their family with four daughters, Anna Elizabeth in 1947, Laura Janice in 1950, Mary Carol in 1951, and Rita Teresa in 1955.
Carl and Janice were a hard working couple who loved and cared for their family, were strong in their faith, and did what they could to help others. Along with hard work, they made road trips with their four girls including camping at Lake Texoma and traveling to various locations out west. When their four girls married, three of them moving out of state, they enjoyed traveling to visit all of them and enjoyed their time spent with their grandchildren.
On February 17, 2002, just four days shy of their 58th anniversary, Carl passed away. Daughter Laura Janice Basile passed away on April 13, 2017. After Carl’s death, Janice continued with her industrious nature. She never liked to be idle, she traveled on vacations with her family, enjoyed working in her garden, as well as cooking, cleaning, sewing, and quilting. She watched her family grow to include fourteen great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her three daughters (and spouses), Ann Brutsché (Mike), Mary Endres (M. Stewart), and Rita Harris (Buck), and Son-in-law Claudio Basile; ten grandchildren (and spouses): Lisa Morrow (Rick), Rob Brutsché (Naomi), Joe Brutsché (Laura), Craven Harris, Matt Harris (Shanan), Will Harris (Katy), Marco Basile, Jessica Schweitzer (Zac), Cristina Basile, and Rebekah Berry (Bryan); fourteen great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl, her twin sons, Robert and Richard, and her daughter, Laura Basile.
- Joe Brutsche, Pallbearer
- Will Harris, Pallbearer
- Craven Harris, Pallbearer
- Richard Harris, Pallbearer
- Mike Brutsche, Pallbearer
- Claudio Basile, Pallbearer
- Marco Basile, Honorary Pallbearer
- Robert Brutsche, Honorary Pallbearer
- Matt Harris, Honorary Pallbearer
NW 178th Street
Saint Rose Catholic Cemetery
- Visitation Monday, May 21, 2018
Anna "Janice" Endres
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May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018
I asked my Grandmother about what it was like during the Great Depression. She had a memory of going with her mother and father (Charles Thomas Kirtley) to the bank. She remembered how nervous they were because they needed to borrow $2 to by flour to feed their family. She also remembered having to sacrifice favorite foods because there was only select things to eat.
I, personally, was always amazed at my Grandma and her energy. Even in her 90s, she could do more than I could. She grew all her own vegetables and made everything from scratch. In the evenings while the family would be watching TV together, she was in her chair in the corner crocheting, or sewing, or making a quilt. She, like her mother before her, made a quilt for all of her grandchildren. On the back of the quilt, she had a sewed a trace of her hand and the words, “Handcrafted by J.E.” underneath it. She was always doing something and everything was always neat and orderly. She loved to take walks around her neighborhood, even though she had already did so much during the day.
I’ll miss her everyday until we meet again (John 5:28)
May 18, 2018
In 2001, I interviewed my Grandmother, Janice Kirtley-Endres, to find out about her family and her life growing up. When she was born all of her grandparents were still alive, but her Grandma Kirtley (Anna Johnson Mahan) had died before she was one-year-old. She remembered her Grandma Sokol (Anna Elizabeth Vavara), whom they call called, “Ba Ba”, short for babička (Grandma in Czech). Grandma had 5 older sisters, and when they all visited their Sokol grandparents, her Ba Ba would hold out her arms to give her six granddaughters a group hug saying, “Lots of it, lots of it, girls!” She died when Grandma was 6 years old.
Grandma knew both of her grandfathers well. They lived with their Grandpa Kirtley (William H. H. Kirtley) so she had many memories of him telling all his grandchildren stories of his wild west adventures. She was in awe of his big appetite. If her mother (Jennie Sokol-Kirtley) had not left some food on the stove, the rest of the family would have starved. Grandma volunteered to live with her Grandpa Sokol (Francis Josef Sokol) when she was 18 because he needed care in his old age. Her mother was unable to take care of her father at the time because Aunt Clara, who had a heart murmur, needed her attention. So, Grandma told her mother she would go and take care of him. Grandpa Sokol only spoke Pidgin English, so her mother had to teach her some Bohemian words so that she could communicate somewhat with her Grandfather to tend to his needs. Her mother taught her how to make her grandpa’s favorite meal. Her mother came to take over for the last few months of her grandpa’s life. Grandma had gotten very close to her Grandpa Sokol and mourned him deeply when he died.
May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018
I found some pictures of Grandma to share, so I will be attaching them here. It is hard to say goodbye, but having and sharing our memories of this beautiful lady will always be a comfort.
May 18, 2018
Just a sweet second hello to your dear family from George and Jane Bocox -- eldest son of Mary Kirtley Bocox and George Howard Bocox. We just returned from decorating your sweet siblings' graves and would have headed over to the Catholic Cemetery in Perry had we known. Had such fun thinking of Bill and Phil, Mable and Herman, and others -- we always decorate sweet Alice's precious daughter born in 1948 -- Linda Carol -- and her precious handmade stone at the foot of Alice Elizabeth Kirtley Koch.
While I think of it, I well remember bringing along a HUGE box of my daughter's leftover fabrics to Frances Jane (Jennie) one day in 1975 -- and she made it into a dear quilt. GaGa (Mary Kirtley) said it was the most lovely quilt she had ever seen done all up in childhood fabrics -- we had three gals and a son at the last. Think that Ann may have it and know you love and treasure it.
We'd love to have met each of you so -- and would have come to the funeral -- but at 8 a.m. on Wednesday we fly out to Barcelona, Spain and our daughter has all six of us heading on a 14-day additional cruise to the Western Mediterranean. Have only been out of the states once -- so it is a big deal. We will be thinking of you on Tuesday and adding our prayers to yours. Had such a delightful time of sharing with your mother at our mother's funeral -- she was such a delight and know you loved her too. She reminded me so very much of our precious GaGa. There was none finer . . . she was as near perfect as one can be! Blessings and our love to each of you girls! And I do remember so very well -- how excited she was to see again all of her sweet sisters and brothers -- now Janice will be in the midst of them all. (Grandpa will be having a hey day! He was pure joy!) Love and hugs and joy to each. Blessings, George and Jane Bocox
Jane and George Bocox
May 17, 2018
What a precious time we shared with Janice at the funeral in 2014 of her sister, Mary Ellen Kirtley Bocox. Those six Kirtley sisters were such amazing and wonderful friends -- they brought such joy to each other and to their home. Had an elder brother, Larkin, a brother in the middle (Charlie Thomas, Jr) who passed away at 18 months with the summer colic, and then sweet brothers Bill and Phil at the bottom of the ten children. They had such an unusual and happy childhood. Their Dad (Charles Thomas called Charlie) was always a funnin' and never knew an unkind word. He was such pure joy -- we had him visit us several times in our home in Kansas City. What joy and delight he brought! And he was so proud, proud, proud of ALL of his children -- they only brought him joy. They always took such care of each other and there was always a "crowd" heading out to church or to town together.
And Sunday afternoons -- did they ever bring joy and full tummies! As they grew and married, each child would come back with THEIR family to eat at Grandma Jennie's home on Sundays -- each bringing their own favorite foods to add to the smorgasbord. I well remember how our father, George Howard -- had to give up a perfectly great Ford (which he loved so) because it was war time and the tires were worn out. Of course, there were no available tires for automobiles since all rubber went to the war effort in the 40's -- and sweet Dad had to give up his wonderful car for a Studebaker that he never liked at all. Of course, it DID have tires that would get him the 70 miles from Medford to Perry for those wonderful Sunday visits. So, they went each Sunday afternoon -- in the rather junky Studebaker - into Perry to visit all their families. There was never a finer time had! At the funeral of her elder sister, Mary Bocox, Janice and I chatted such a long time. Janice well remembered those Sunday afternoons, a bit like heaven surely is to them all now. (Jane Bocox)