Henrietta Karlin, 104, Hays, died Monday, April 26, 2021 at HaysMed.
She was born June 30, 1916 in Catharine, the daughter of Pauline (Doerfler) and William R. Staab, Sr. She was united in marriage to Fidelis Karlin, and he preceded her in death on October 2, 1967. She was a homemaker and worked in the kitchen at St. Joseph Military Academy. Her memberships included St. Joseph Catholic Church and the VFW Post #9076 Auxiliary. Henrietta generously served others by volunteering with numerous church ministries, the St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary, Goodwill, and founding the Hays Good Samaritan Auxiliary. She enjoyed growing flowers and maintaining her red roses, traveling with her family and groups, boating at Cedar Bluff and Milford Lakes, cooking, and her grandchildren’s visits.
Survivors include three sons: Norman Karlin and wife Marilyn of Salina, Robert Karlin and wife Paulette of Cape Coral, FL, and Bernard Karlin and wife Jan of Great Bend, a son-in-law: Norman Giebler of Hays, a brother: Gerald Staab and wife June of Longmont, CO, 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Fidelis, daughter: Elaine Giebler, two brothers: William Staab, Jr. and Edward Staab, and two sisters: Laura Rome and Thelma Karlin.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Friday, April 30, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Fr. Brian Lager officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 8:00 on Thursday and from 9:00 am until 9:45 on Friday, all at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. A VFW Auxiliary rosary will be at 6:00 pm followed by a vigil service at 6:30 pm, all on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to the Hays Good Samaritan Society. Condolences and memories of Henrietta may be shared with the family at www.haysmemorial.com
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