March 4, 2013


Kathleen Rosemarie Maher, 85, of Denison, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Terrace Assisted Living at Lakeside Immanuel Community in Omaha, Neb.

Mass of the Christian burial was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 4, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison.

Burial was at St. Ann Catholic Cemetery in Vail.

Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

Kathleen Rosemarie Weides was born July 7, 1927, on a farm near Lexington, Neb., to George Weides and Karoline Wilhelmina "Lena" Hauser Kocher. Kathleen was the youngest of a family of six which included Lawrence, Paul, Eleanor, Clarence, Frances and Kathleen.

With her father dying in 1937, Kathleen and her mother moved off the farm to a house in Lexington in 1947. Later they moved to Grand Island, Neb., for Kathleen to attend St. Francis School of Nursing, graduating with the Class of 1952.

Kathleen met Edwin Maher of Vail, Iowa, through a blind date set up by her future sister-in-law and her husband, Dorothy and Jack Hurley, administrator of St. Francis Hospital. After a long-distance courtship, they were married Feb. 20, 1954, at St. Mary Cathedral in Grand Island, in a snowstorm. They made their home on the Maher farm south of Vail. To this union were born eight children: Jean, Susan, Sharon, Mary Jane, Joseph, Marian, John and Rosemary.

Kathleen was a loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was always cooking a meal either for her family or a group of hired farm help. She was a nurse at heart and later worked for Crawford County Hospital in the emergency room and surgical area in the late 1970s.

In 1988 Edwin and Kathleen moved to Denison. Kathleen enjoyed golfing, a monthly card game with friends, and traveling with family. She was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison and a member of the St. Rose Guild and Choir.

Kathleen entered Lighthouse Care Facility in Omaha, following a stroke in August 2011, and then moved to Terrace Assisted Living at the Lakeside Immanuel Community.

Kathleen is survived by her daughters: Jean; Susan and her husband, Bob; Sharon and her husband, Denny; Mary Jane and her husband, Richard; Marian; Rosemary and her husband, Mitch; two sons: Joe and John and his wife Nicola; 22 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Donna and Dorothy; one brother-in-law, Jim; many nieces and nephews; other relatives, and friends.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edwin, in 2005; one grandson, Flynn; one great-granddaughter, Mickala; two sisters, Eleanor and husband Ray and Frances; three brothers: Paul, Lawrence and his wife Ruth, and Clarence; sisters-in-law: Madonna and husband Pat, Joan and husband, George; and Jerry; and brothers-in-law: Gene and Jack.