OBITUARY

Rosemary Kahanek

March 7, 1933September 25, 2020
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Rosemary Kahanek, 87, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020. Rosemary was born March 7, 1933 in Yoakum, Texas to the late Lillie Lueke Etlinger and Roosevelt “R.J.” Etlinger.

Rosemary married Joe Kahanek in 1952 and they moved to Victoria in 1954. She enjoyed gardening and getting together with her mom and sisters to play dominoes and cards. She was a member of Legion of Mary and Charismatic Prayer Group for over 60 years. She would go to the nursing homes every week for over 50 years to make sure that Mass was recited. She worked as an operator for JC Penny before retiring. Rosemary lost the love of her life on their 65th wedding anniversary, 3 years ago.

Rosemary is survived by her children, Kathy Salyer of Victoria, Terry Kahanek (Beverly) of El Campo, Tim Kahanek (Pat) of Victoria; sister, Gerry Boehm of Victoria; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe Kahanek; and sister, Ruval Shandera.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 9-10 am at Holy Family Catholic Church with a Rosary to be recited at 10 am. Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 am. A private family inurnment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery.

To honor our mother's memory, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Victory, St. Vincent de Paul Society or The Bethlehem Maternity Home, victoriagabrielproject.org/maternity-home.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Lillie Lueke Etlinger, Mother (deceased)
  • Roosevelt “R.J.” Etlinger, Father (deceased)
  • Joe Kahanek, Husband (deceased)
  • Ruval Shandera, Sister (deceased)
  • Gerry Boehm, Sister
  • Kathy Salyer, Daughter
  • Terry Kahanek (Beverly), Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Tim Kahanek (Pat), Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Rosemary also leaves16 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren to cherish her memory.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

  • Rosary

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

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Belinda McCamy Brouillette

October 7, 2020

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Anna Grace Whitehead

October 6, 2020

Dear Rosemary,

It is hard to say good-bye. I know, for you though, angel arms have welcomed you to your new eternal home, forever removed from all pain and sadness.

In this life I will remember you and your loving friendship always; and, hopefully, in the life to come, we will pick up our friendship where it left off and continue as friends into eternity.

For all who knew you, I remember you were ever ready to offer prayers that calmed and soothed; and never judged.

It has been a while since I was in the Legion with you, and I joined the Monday night prayer group after your health and responsibilities had made it difficult for you to continue, but we did from time to time attend special Masses at the Convent. And, of course, we frequently saw each other at Mass at Holy Family and at The Cathedral.

I have been honored these last few years to still be able to maintain our friendship, even though it became a “telephone” friendship because of changes in both our lives. I will miss you.

Your friend,

Anna Grace

Muriel Cullen Argen

September 30, 2020

My sympathy and prayers to the Kahanek family. RIP

Trice Lemmons

September 30, 2020

Tim, Terry and Kathy,

So very sorry for your loss. You have so much to celebrate that Rosemary has graciously achieved ultimate success. Be comforted in the fact that she is now with the Lord and has been re-united with her loved ones that passed before her. I cherish my childhood memories of times spent with Aunt Rosemary. We have all been so blessed. Trice

kathleen bowman

September 30, 2020

My Mom (Elrose Leopold Muenster) and Rosemary were lifelong friends; they grew up together in Yoakum.
We last saw your Mom And Julia at my Dad’s funeral on Sunday, Dec 30th this past year. If possible my Mom would like to attend the funeral, if possible. My Aunt is Maggie Leopold Jahn.

May your Mom Rest In Peace. - Kay Muenster Bowman (eldest daughter)

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Biography

Rosemary Kahanek, 87, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020. Rosemary was born March 7, 1933 in Yoakum, Texas to the late Lillie Lueke Etlinger and Roosevelt “R.J.” Etlinger.

Rosemary married Joe Kahanek in 1952 and they moved to Victoria in 1954. She enjoyed gardening and getting together with her mom and sisters to play dominoes and cards. She was a member of Legion of Mary and Charismatic Prayer Group for over 60 years. She would go to the nursing homes every week for over 50 years to make sure that Mass was recited. She worked as an operator for JC Penny before retiring. Rosemary lost the love of her life on their 65th wedding anniversary, 3 years ago.

Rosemary is survived by her children, Kathy Salyer of Victoria, Terry Kahanek (Beverly) of El Campo, Tim Kahanek (Pat) of Victoria; sister, Gerry Boehm of Victoria; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe Kahanek; and sister, Ruval Shandera.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 9-10 am at Holy Family Catholic Church with a Rosary to be recited at 10 am. Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 am. A private family inurnment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery.

To honor our mother's memory, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Victory St. Vincent de Paul Society or The Bethlehem Maternity Home, victoriagabrielproject.org/maternity-home.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com.

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