obit: Katherine Kerry Simecek
Katherine Kerry Simecek died peacefully on August 16, 2012 at her residence in San Antonio, Texas. Kathy was born on Feb 5, 1950 in Cuero, Texas, to Raymond and Marie Strieber Simecek and grew up in Yorktown, Texas.
Kathy spent her life ministering to others in her career as an RN. Through her nursing she brought her healing touch and gentle spirit to thousands of patients in a 29-year career that included 19 years in the University Health System emergency room and ten years in the Brady Green walk-in clinic. She loved her patients and felt connected to them. Many were poor, underserved, abused and suffering from woes beyond their health issues-and Kathy's response was always compassionate.
When she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer ten years ago and had to give up her nursing career, Kathy embarked on a new caring mission - becoming deeply involved in the ministries of her congregation, Christ Lutheran of Alamo Heights, where she was an active member for 25 years. Her arduous treatment regimens gave her a new perspective on pain and suffering and rather than focusing on her ordeals, she reached out to others. She became a Eucharistic minister for shut-ins, forging meaningful relationships.
Kathy was an avid traveler- delighting in the people, culture, architecture, history and foods of Germany, Italy and France.
Kathy derived her strength from a big, supportive family that never faltered in their loving attention to her. Among the many who mourn her death are brother Ray (Diane) Simecek, sister Marcia Alex and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Christ Lutheran of Alamo Heights on Sunday, August 26, 2012, at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VITAS Hospice of San Antonio or Christ Lutheran of Alamo Heights.
Published in San Antonio Express-News on August 22, 2012