Katherine Margaret “Kay” Horinek, longtime Newkirk resident, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at her home. She was 97.
The daughter of Leo J. and Susan McLaren Spoor, Katherine was born Sept. 17, 1921 in Buffalo, N.Y. She grew up in Kenmore, N.Y. and attended Holy Angels Academy in Buffalo through the 5th grade. She attended St. Paul’s School in Kenmore through the 8th grade; and then Kenmore High School where she graduated with the class of 1939. In 1941 Kay began employment with Graphic Analysis Dept. of Bell Aircraft in Buffalo.
On March 6, 1943 Katherine Margaret and Robert Louis Horinek were married in Kenmore. They established their first home in Niagara Falls. In 1944 Kay’s new husband entered the U. S. Army Air Corps, and the same year she began the job of secretary to Joe Speranza, an attorney in Lockport, N.Y. She moved two years later to Middle Port, N.Y. In 1946, after Bob was discharged from the service, the couple moved their family to Newkirk where they farmed, and her husband also worked in the oil fields. Later he carried mail for the U. S. Postal Service before they owned and operated Horinek Window and Door Company. Twenty years later in 1986 they retired from their business. Mr. Horinek died Jan. 30, 2014.
Kay was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and St. Francis Alter Society. She held memberships in the Blackwell Business & Professional Women; she was a charter member of the Blackwell American Business Women’s Association from 1967-1985; she was a charter member of the Fun & Fundamental Home Extension Group in Newkirk; and a member of the Nip & Tuck Home Extension Group in Newkirk.
Kay is survived by her children, Bill Horinek, of Newkirk; Warren Horinek, of Cuero, Texas; and Beverly and Larry Ball, of Waynoka, Okla.; a daughter-in-law, Lynda Horinek, of Tulsa; a son-in-law, Scott Haywood, of Ponca City; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to Bob, Kay’s husband of nearly 71 years, Kay was preceded in death by two children, Robert D. Horinek and Joyce Haywood; her parents; two brothers, Bud Spoor and Dick Spoor; and three sisters, Doris Spoor, Rita Connelly, and Eunice Cura.
At Mrs. Horinek’s request, cremation has been effected. A Wake Service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday evening in Miller-Stahl Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with the Rev. Carson Krittenbrink as celebrant. Interment will follow in Newkirk Cemetery. Miller-Stahl Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kay Horinek’s name to St. Francis Building Fund, 610 W. 9th St., Newkirk 74647.