Posted by: resparish | March 4, 2011

Mary Kay Giebler, 1919 – 2011

Mary Kay Giebler, a long-time parishioner of Resurrection Parish, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, March 4th, 2011. At 91 years old, she had completed a long and prosperous life.

Mary Kay was born in the small town of Kinsley, Kansas on November 14th, 1919, to Cyril and Nell Norris. She attended Kinsley-Offerle Elementary School and, in 1938, graduated from Kinsley High School. She went on to study business at the Sarachon-Hooley Business School in Kansas City.

Mary Kay enjoyed a rewarding career as a secretary for the U.S. Forest Service and Farmer’s Bank and Life before she settled down with her husband, Barney. Mary Kay met Barney in 1938 through her older brother Vince at St. Joseph College and Military Academy in Kansas. They married in 1944 in Wichita, Kansas at St. Mary’s Cathedral before Barney was deployed to the Pacific.

While Barney was overseas, Mary Kay lived with her parents in Denver. Barney remained in the service after the war and was stationed at various military posts all over the country. Together, Mary Kay and Barney raised their family on the road, settling in Camp Lejeune, NC, Annapolis, MD, Fort Sill, OK, Denver, CO, Alexandria, VA, Camp Pendleton, CA, Quantico, VA, and Paris, France. Finally, in 1962, Mary Kay and Barney settled down in Sunnyvale, CA, where they would call home for their remaining years.

Though she was always on the move, Mary Kay raised three children: Jack, Mary Ann and Tom. With her hard work, she gleamed proudly as each one of them earned a college degree. After that, she said her job was done and watched them live out their own fulfilling lives and raise four grandchildren: Katie, Matthew, Stephen, and Elizabeth.

Throughout her life, Mary Kay was independent, private, hard working and devoted to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, big band music and ballroom dancing. She was fiercely protective of her family and supportive of all of their endeavors. Mary Kay created a wonderful home wherever she lived and could always be depended upon by family and friends alike.

Mary Kay engaged in an active prayer life and trusted her faith to get through this life.

She will be missed by many, including her children and grandchildren, her daughter-in-law, Cindy, and son-in-law, Doug, her cousin, Marilyn Ennis, sisters-in-law Lou Norris and Helen Heintzelman, and family friends.

There will be a Rosary Vigil for Mary Kay on Wednesday, March 9th, at 8:00 pm in the Resurrection Parish chapel (the double doors in the back of the church).  Her Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, March 10, at 12 noon, also in the Church of the Resurrection chapel.

She will be laid to rest at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Please keep Mary Kay and her family in your prayers.