Katherine Haack (Vanston)
Katherine Ann Haack (nee Vanston) passed away at age 86 on Sunday, June 24, 2018 with her family at her side. Beloved wife of 65 years to David Arno Haack; loving mother of William James (Gail) Haack of Maryland Heights, MO and Robert David (Jerri) Haack of Houston, TX; cherished grandmother of Mark Forster Haack, Christopher James Haack, Eleanor Katherine (Austin) Finney and Natalie Ann Haack; great-grandmother of Eva Jasmine Haack, Garrett Michael Finney, Carter David Finney and Tyler William Finney; sister of Janet (John) Hogan and Linda (Richard) Treap, the late Rick Watson and the late Margaret (Gary) Vickers; sister-in-law of William Michael (Ann) Haack, Sarah Haack, the late John Bryce Haack and the late Emily Haack; loving aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend to many.
Born in Battle Creek Michigan, Kathy soon moved to Kirkwood, Missouri where she never had a shortage of best friends. Summer trips to visit her grandparents in Texarkana, Texas were highlighted by the local paper announcing her visit and a party with local family, neighbors and childhood friends. The family moved to Des Peres, Missouri when her dad built a house on Van Reek Lane, where she would eventually be married. Graduating from Kirkwood High School, she then attended Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri and worked at the college radio station, meeting celebrities such as Percy Faith. While at Lindenwood she was introduced by her friend Peggy to a young man from nearby Webster Groves, Missouri.
On June 6, 1953 Kathy and Dave were married by the Reverend Steve Pronko of Brentwood Congregational Church (Brentwood, Missouri) and then resided in the St. Louis area until Dave finished his Master’s Degree at Washington University. Dave served in the Army and followed by a career as a geologist in the oil business in Texas. Kathy would proudly say, “I go wherever he goes!”
Living in Houston and Corpus Christi, Kathy would always tell you her first, most important and last job was to stand by her husband, take care of her family and be a mom. She worked outside the home in various capacities through the years at Brown Shoe Company (St. Louis), ward clerk in the nursery at Barnes Hospital (St. Louis), first ward clerk in the nursery at Spohn Hospital (Corpus Christi), pharmacy assistant at Eckerd Drugs (Houston), manager at Hickory Farms (Houston) and Daisy Patch Florist (Corpus Christi) until her retirement.
With the many moves through their lives, Kathy and Dave worshiped and served in churches wherever they lived. Most recently as a member of Grand Parkway Baptist Church (Richmond, Texas) her faith journey guided by Pastor Neil McClendon was special to her, and was proud to sit with four generations of her family together in worship. She kept her membership alive in the Golden Heirs Community Choir at Calvary Baptist Church (Rosenberg, Texas). The fellowship and service of the Golden Heirs took Kathy and Dave on mission trips to local and distant churches, senior centers, retirement homes and church concerts. They made weekly visits to nursing homes with Dave singing at worship services for residents. The fellowship of the choir under the direction of Pastor Larry Howie was one of the highlights of her life. Larry held a special place in her heart as he baptized Kathy and Dave together at Calvary Baptist Church.
A Service of Celebration will be held at 11 am, on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Grand Parkway Baptist Church, 12000 FM 1464 in Richmond, Texas 77407. The Service will be led by Pastor Neil McClendon of Grand Parkway Baptist Church and Larry Howie of Calvary Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrance be made by donation to: Grand Parkway Baptist Church, 12000 FM 1464, Richmond, Texas 77407, or to the Golden Heirs Choir, c/o Calvary Baptist Church, 4111 Airport Ave., Rosenberg, Texas 77471.