Cecilia C. Kohake, 94, of Sabetha died Saturday morning, June 16, 2018, at Sabetha Community Hospital.
She was born on Jan. 1, 1924, on a farm northwest of St. Benedict to John F. and Theresa Olberding Haverkamp. She spent her early childhood years in the St. Benedict area. When she entered the fourth grade, the family moved to Fidelity. She graduated from the eighth grade from Fidelity Parochial Grade School and then attended St. Mary’s High School in St. Benedict. She moved to Topeka in 1944 to be a telephone operator, later transferring to Sabetha where she worked until she got married.
Cecilia married Carl J. Kohake on March 31, 1959, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Benedict. They made their home in Sabetha, where Carl was employed by Mid-America Dairy-men. Cecilia cleaned the Morrill State Bank in Sabetha for more than 40 years and Char-Mae Beauty Salon for many years.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sabetha, St. Ann’s Altar Society and the Sabetha V.F.W. Auxiliary.
Cecilia was preceded in death by her husband Carl J. Kohake on Dec. 24, 1977; three brothers, John Henry Haverkamp in 1926, Kenneth A. Haverkamp in 2006 and Lillis Haverkamp in 2012; and a sister, Angela Devillier on Dec. 16, 2017.
She is survived by her son, Donald Kohake of Sabetha; and siblings Luella Curti of Seneca, John J. Haverkamp of Seneca, and Henrietta Dressman of Baileyville.
Rosaries were prayed at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Fr. Arul Carasala on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in St. Benedict. The Lector was Lorraine Powell, and Mary Beth Haverkamp was the communion distributor. Cecilia will be laid to rest next to her husband Carl in the church cemetery. The pallbearers were Bill Shroyer, Ben Argabright, Scott Aberle, Tom Haverkamp, Dave Dressman and Steve Devillier.
Memorials may be given in Cecilia’s memory to the Sacred Heart Church in Sabetha and sent in care of the family. Lauer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To express your sympathy and for more information visit www.lauerfuneralhome.com.
The Sabetha Herald 6/27/2018