OBITUARY

Mary Ruth Kainer

March 18, 1929September 5, 2020
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Mary Ruth Kainer, 91, of Victoria, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 5, 2020. She was born March 18, 1929 in Austwell, TX to Victor P. and Gertrude Migura Strelczyk. A lifelong Catholic, she married Winfred A. Kainer in February 1960, at St. Mary’s in Victoria, and they enjoyed 57 years together before his death in 2017. Mary Ruth was much loved and respected by her family and friends. She is survived by one daughter, Brenda K. Fabian and husband Jerry, and one son, Duane W. Kainer and wife Sherry, four grandchildren Amanda Fabian, Miles Fabian (Caitlin), Madalynn Kainer, and Austin Kainer, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Reissig and Katherine (Schustereit) Luttrell, and five brothers, Herman, Leon, Albin, Marcellus and Victor E. Strelczyk. She attended Wood Hi School, and graduated from Patti Welder High School in 1946. After graduation and during the 1950s, she worked at Victoria businesses Duke and Ayres, Mode O’Day and The Village Pharmacy. After marriage, Mary Ruth joined Winfred as a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharistic minister, and quilting with members of the Sewing Circle; she also was an active member of the OLL Altar Society, and in 1989, she was one of the first chairpersons of the OLL Fall Festival currently held at the Community Center. She received the Archbishop Fury award in 1975, and a Pope John Paul II Apostolic Blessing in the early 1980s. She was also the bookkeeper for the family farm operation and seed sales business. For her efforts as a 10 –year Wood Hi 4-H Club Adult Leader, she was awarded a Distinguished Volunteer State 4-H Award in 1980. She loved cooking and baking, sewing , canning and preserving, working in her flowerbeds and gardening, hosting domino parties and family celebrations, and donating her needlework items, and much-appreciated pickles and jellies to church and community auctions. She also taught kolache-making classes for several years. She very much enjoyed playing dominoes and cards, and in her later years, bingo and Rummikub. Mary Ruth was an active member of the DaCosta Sons of Hermann Lodge for 31 years, also serving as the lodge secretary for 29 years. Winfred and Mary Ruth also enjoyed participating in the German Club and traveling with friends. Visitation will be available from 3PM to 6PM on Thursday, September 10 at Rosewood Funeral Chapel in Victoria. The Rosary will be recited at 9:30 AM on Friday September 11, 2020, followed immediately by the funeral mass at 10 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with the Rev. Greg Korenek officiating; the Rosary will be recited by the OLL Ladies Rosary Ministry. A private burial will follow. Pallbearers will be grandsons Miles Fabian and Austin Kainer, nephews Bill Schustereit, Harol Reissig, and Thomas Kilgore, and grand-nephew Chris Schustereit. Memorials can be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Victoria, Texas. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Brenda K. Fabian and husband, Jerrry, Daughter
  • Duane W. Kainer and wife Sherry, Son
  • Amanda Fabian, Grandchild
  • Miles Fabian (Caitlin), Grandchild
  • Madalynn Kainer, Grandchild
  • Austin Kainer, Grandchild
  • Numerous, Nieces and nephews
  • Victor P. Strelczyk, Father (deceased)
  • Gertrude Migura Strelczyk, Mother (deceased)
  • Winfred A. Kainer, Husband who passed September 8, 2017 (deceased)
  • Frances Reissig, Sister (deceased)
  • Katherine (Schustereit) Luttrell, Sister (deceased)
  • Herman Strelczyk, Brother (deceased)
  • Leon Strelczyk, Brother (deceased)
  • Albin Strelczyk, Brother (deceased)
  • Marcellus Strelczyk, Brother (deceased)
  • Victor E. Strelczyk, Brother (deceased)

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Miles Fabian, Grandson
  • Austin Kainer, Grandson
  • Bill Schustereit, Nephew
  • Harol Reissig, Nephew
  • Thomas Kilgore, Nephew
  • Chris Schustereit, Grand-nephew
  • DONATIONS

  • Our Of Lourdes Cathlic Church

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

  • Rosary

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, September 11, 2020

Memories

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Jeannine Atzenhoffer

September 16, 2020

To the Kainer & Fabian family-truly sorry to hear of Mrs. Kainer's passing. We are kindred souls in mourning our parents. Mrs K was obviously an amazing & very busy woman, & I know you each miss her terribly. May her many contributions to family, friends & community be remembered fondly & the happy memories sustain you during this sad time. Sending my prayers to ea of you.

Von and Diana Tuch

September 11, 2020

We send our deepest sympathies to the whole Kainer family at this sad time. Von and I hold very fond memories of visiting with your mom and dad at church and the church festivals. We especially remember all the very tasty pickles that she made for the auction. We fought long and hard for many of them. I have two of her half gallon jars that bring her to mind each year when I use them for pickles. May God bless you all with comfort and peace.
In God’s love,
Von and Diana Tuch

Eunice Ann Johnson Bomersbach

September 11, 2020

I give thanks for knowing the Kainer, Reissig, Kilgore,and Strelczyk families as I grew up in the country communities of Lone Tree , Guadalupe, Wood Hi, and Da Costa communities. They were kind neighbors and very hard workers. Rose Marie and Harold , I am sorry for your loss of family; God bless all these family members.

Clifford Moczygemba

September 10, 2020

One time when Winfred and Mary Ruth were not able to attend Church I took them Communion at the house. The whole kitchen was full jars of pickles to be given for the Festival.

LaVerne Hajek

September 9, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Mary Ruth's family. I have enjoyed her friendship over many years as we worked together with Herman Sons Life. She was very special and will be missed.

Ike and Lois Eichhorn

September 9, 2020

Our deepest sympathy.

Donnie Hempel

September 7, 2020

Deepest sympathy to the Kainer famliy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Donnie and Lisa Hempel

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Mary Ruth in high school

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Mary Ruth and her nephew Bill

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Mary Ruth in high school

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Mary Ruth and her nephew Bill

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Mary Ruth with a sister-in-law, Betty

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Mary Ruth's first car

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Mary Ruth (far right) with from left, Mrs. Reissig, her mother Gertrude with baby niece Rose Marie, her sister Frances, and SIL, Betty

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Mary Ruth is pictured with hostesses and honored guests at her Wedding Shower.

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Mary Ruth 1953

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Mom at home In Telferner

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Christmas 1971 at the Edmund and Hilda Kainer home

Biography

Mary Ruth Kainer, 91, of Victoria, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 5, 2020. She was born March 18, 1929 in Austwell, TX to Victor P. and Gertrude Migura Strelczyk. A lifelong Catholic, she married Winfred A. Kainer in February 1960, at St. Mary’s in Victoria, and they enjoyed 57 years together before his death in 2017.
Mary Ruth was much loved and respected by her family and friends. She is survived by one daughter, Brenda K. Fabian and husband Jerry, and one son, Duane W. Kainer and wife Sherry, four grandchildren Amanda Fabian, Miles Fabian (Caitlin), Madalynn Kainer, and Austin Kainer, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Reissig and Katherine (Schustereit) Luttrell, and five brothers, Herman, Leon, Albin, Marcellus and Victor E. Strelczyk.
She attended Wood Hi School, and graduated from Patti Welder High School in 1946. After graduation and during the 1950s, she worked at Victoria businesses Duke and Ayres, Mode O’Day and The Village Pharmacy. After marriage, Mary Ruth joined Winfred as a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharistic minister, and quilting with members of the Sewing Circle; she also was an active member of the OLL Altar Society, and in 1989, she was one of the first chairpersons of the OLL Fall Festival currently held at the Community Center. She received the Archbishop Fury award in 1975, and a Pope John Paul II Apostolic Blessing in the early 1980s.
She was also the bookkeeper for the family farm operation and seed sales business. For her efforts as a 10 –year Wood Hi 4-H Club Adult Leader, she was awarded a Distinguished Volunteer State 4-H Award in 1980. She loved cooking and baking, sewing , canning and preserving, working in her flowerbeds and gardening, hosting domino parties and family celebrations, and donating her needlework items, and much-appreciated pickles and jellies to church and community auctions. She also taught kolache-making classes for several years. She very much enjoyed playing dominoes and cards, and in her later years, bingo and Rummikub. Mary Ruth was an active member of the DaCosta Sons of Hermann Lodge for 31 years, also serving as the lodge secretary for 29 years. Winfred and Mary Ruth also enjoyed participating in the German Club and traveling with friends.
Visitation will be available from 3PM to 6PM on Thursday, September 10 at Rosewood Funeral Chapel in Victoria. The Rosary will be recited at 9:30 AM on Friday September 11, 2020, followed immediately by the funeral mass at 10 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with the Rev. Greg Korenek officiating; the Rosary will be recited by the OLL Ladies Rosary Ministry. A private burial will follow. Pallbearers will be grandsons Miles Fabian and Austin Kainer, nephews Bill Schustereit, Harol Reissig, and Thomas Kilgore, and grand-nephew Chris Schustereit.
Memorials can be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Victoria, Texas.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

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