Kathleen Fitzpatrick Haas

A Mass of Christian Burial for Kathleen Fitzpatrick Haas, 96, a resident of Lawrence, will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.  Burial will be 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney, KS.  Kathleen died in Newton, IA on November 3, 2011.

Kathleen was born on May 16, 1915 in Caney, KS the daughter and youngest child of John and Rosa Bowker Fitzpatrick. 

After graduating from Caney High School, she 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 fifteen years in Wichita.  Additional business interests included, cattle ranching and oil production which took the family to Sedan and Independence, KS and Duncan, OK, before returning to Junction City to operate a laundry business.  Upon retirement in the mid 1980’s they moved to Lawrence where, except for a several year period in Bartlesville, OK, Kathleen continued to live until being hospitalized earlier this year.

Kathleen was a Brandon Woods at Alvamar resident and faithful 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 as president of the Kiwanis Club Auxiliary.  In Independence, she was active in and directed community wide theater performances associated with the Autumn Neewollah celebration.

She married Fritz Haas on November 24, 1934 in Oklahoma City.  She was a devoted wife for sixty-one years.  He preceded her in death October 26, 1995.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Evans, Baldwin City, Rosemary Wilcox, and husband, Chet, Picayune, MS, Kay Wolfe Clements, and husband, Jim, Newton IA; four grandsons, Warren Wilcox, Round Rock, TX, Russell Wilcox, and wife, Nancy, Diamondhead, MS, David Irvin, and wife, Lynn, Baldwin City, Christopher Wilcox, and wife, Mary Ann, Savannah, GA; six great grandchildren, three in Texas and three in Georgia.  She was also preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Skiff Hospice – Newton, IA or Corpus Christi Catholic School – Lawrence and may be sent in care of the mortuary. 

5 Condolences

  1. Donald & Ann Forsyth on November 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Dear Haas families –
    It was with great sadness that we read of your Mother’s passing. She was such a wonderful and lovely lady – – always!! And a beauty, too!! We recall her playing golf at the Junction City Country Club and seeing her and your Dad at Mass at St. Xavier’s. She lived a long and very fruitful life, and now she is receiving her rewards with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With peace and blessings to all during these grieving times, and may Kathleen’s soul and all the souls for the family members departed rest in the peace of their Lord. There is joy and laughter among all the friends and ancestors as they rejoice at Kathleen’s arrival in the hallowed Halls of Heaven!!!
    Don & Ann Forsyth, Germantown, Tennessee 38138

  2. Donna M. Bell on November 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I was fortunate to have known Kathleen from my years at Brandon Woods. She epitomized grace. It was truly an honor to have known her.

  3. John D. Minnick on November 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Dear Kay & family, Your mother was such a lovely lady and a dear friend of our entire family. I remember my mother always commenting what a sweet and dear friend she was when I was growing up in Junction City. Kathleen painted a pastoral scene for my mother and she also placed it in a special place in our home Every year there were handpainted cards that she also sent and they were all treasured. Kathleen was a talented, kind and generous person. A true “class act”! She will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Myrna Jones on November 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Dear Rosie,

    Kathleen was a lovely, gracious woman. In addition to her many other accomplishments,she raised a fine daughter, you.

    Blessings to you and all Kathleen’s family and friends during this time.

    Myrna Jones

  5. Jim and Cindy Baker on June 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    We are saddened to hear of our friends passing. We lived next door to her and Fritz for several years in Bartlesville, OK. She was such a dear sweet lady. When I went into labor with our daughter she came over and stayed with our 2 rowdy boys until family could relieve her. I own 2 of her beautiful paintings and cherish them

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