OBIT: Catharine Pennington Malinak
Catharine Pennington MalinakCATHARINE PENNINGTON MALINAK , Catharine Pennington Malinak died peacefully on Saturday morning, July 2, 2005, at home in Monarch Beach, California.She was born in Portland, Oregon on November 29, 1909, the daughter of Mary Burke Pennington and Abraham Pennington. Shortly after her birth, the Pennington family ended their stay in Portland and returned to Houston, Texas, where Catharine attended Incarnate Word Academy. In 1931, Catharine met Lewis Ignatius Malinak in Houston and two years later they were married there at Blessed Sacrament Church. After their marriage, they moved to Temple, Texas where he established his dental practice. She was a resident of Temple for 53 years. In 1996, she moved to Houston to be cared for by her sons. She later relocated to California in 2001, where she remained under the dedicated care of her daughter until her death.Catharine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and great-grandmother. She was greatly accomplished at needlework and an enthusiastic member of the "Friday Sewing Club" for many years. Lewis and Catharine were active parishioners of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Temple, where she served as both president and long-time member of the Altar Society. A faithful Roman Catholic, one of the honors Catharine most cherished was her investiture in 1965 as a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.She is survived by her sons, Lewis Russell Malinak of Brenham, Texas, Robert Justin Malinak and his wife Joanne Kelly Malinak of Houston, Texas, and her daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Malinak Long of Laguna Beach, California. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 53 years, Lewis; her brothers, George, Joseph, Jeremiah, and Robert Pennington; her sister, Margaret Pennington Malinak; her son-in-law, Barton Reid Long; and her daughters-in-law, Billie Ann Chaney Malinak and Carolyn Powers Malinak. She will also be deeply missed by her thirteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.A rosary will be offered in prayer on Thursday evening, July 7, 2005 at 6:30 pm at the Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple A funeral Mass will be held Friday morning, July 8, 2005 at 10:00 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1018 South 7th St., Temple, with interment to follow at Bellwood Memorial Park. If desired, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1018 S. 7th St., Temple, Texas 76504.
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 7/7/2005.