Kathleen Fitzpatrick Haas 1915 - 2011
Mass of Christian burial for Kathleen Fitzpatrick Haas, 96, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney.
She died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, in Newton, Iowa.
She was born May 16, 1915, in Caney, the daughter and youngest child of John and Rosa Bowker Fitzpatrick.
Mrs. Haas graduated from Caney High School and then traveled a four-state area as a drama and dance instructor and choreographer for a theatrical troupe.
She worked with her husband in the laundry business in Junction City during World War II and later for 15 years in Wichita. Additional business interests included cattle ranching and oil production, which took the family to Sedan and Independence, Kan., and Duncan, Okla., before returning to Junction City to operate a laundry business. Upon retirement in the 1980s, Mrs. Haas moved to Lawrence where, except for a several-year period in Bartlesville, Okla., she continued to live until being hospitalized earlier this year.
Mrs. Haas was a Brandon Woods at Alvamar resident and member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence. She was an accomplished golfer and a former member of the Wichita Crestview, Independence, Junction City and Alvamar country clubs. In Wichita, she served as president of the Blessed Sacrament Parish Altar Society and president of the Kiwanis Club Auxiliary. In Independence, she was active in and directed communitywide theater performances associated with the autumn Neewollah celebration.
She married Fritz Haas on Nov. 24, 1934, in Oklahoma City. They were married 61 years. He preceded her in death Oct. 26, 1995.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Evans, Baldwin City, Rosemary Wilcox and husband Chet, Picayune, Miss., and Kay Wolfe Clements and husband Jim, Newton, Iowa; four grandsons, Warren Wilcox, Russell Wilcox, David Irvin and Christopher Wilcox; and six great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials to Skiff Hospice in Newton, Iowa, or Corpus Christi Catholic School in Lawrence, sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent to warrenmcelwain.com.