- 94 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 4, 1921
- Date of passing: Oct 15, 2015
|The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little. -Franklin D. Roosevelt|
Kathryn Brenner, 94 of Wichita passed away Thursday, October 15th 2015.
She was born February 4th, 1921 in Wichita to Herbert and Katie Madigan. Kathryn grew up in Wichita with her brother Herbert Patrick. She graduated from Wichita High School East in 1940. She was employed at Beach Aircraft, Best Roofing, Ultra Modern Pools and St. Francis Hospital over her long life, retiring from St. Francis Hospital. Early in her adulthood she was a member of Sweet Adelines, and later in life she voluneered to teach local children how to read.
On August 3rd, 1945 Kathryn Brenner married Donald W. Hibarger. They had 5 children together, Donna (Crist), Walter, Ann (Weeks), Robert and Don Curtis. Kathryn had a happy but brief second marriage to Harold Brenner. Her marriage to Harold made it possible for her to call herself a "world traveler" much to her enjoyment.
Kathryn enjoyed singing, was an avid reader, loved family gatherings of any sort and kept herself politically informed. She instilled a love of animals in every one of her family members and always kept pets in her home. She made it a daily routine to feed and water the birds in her back yard. Kathryn spent the last 2 years of her life at Comfort Care Homes, a facility specializing in Alzheimer care. She was a favorite at every location because she would always sing along when musicians were in house.
Survivors include her daughter Donna Crist, sons Walter and Curtis Hibarger, grandchildren Cheryl Crist, Rio Jose, Mariah, Ivan and Julie Hibarger, Cody Hibarger, Jesse Hibarger and Valerie Lillich, Jeff, Ryan and Jeremy Burnam, Curtis Ray and Julie Hibarger, Kelly and Christina Hibarger and Hayley Hibarger. Kathryn also had 6 great grandchildren at the time of her passing.
She was preceded in death by her mother, brother, father, step mother, first husband Don, second husband Harold, son Robert and daughter Ann.
Kathryn’s wish was to be cremated and buried with her mother at Calvary Cemetery in Wichita. A Memorial service celebrating her life will be held at The Hungry Heart at 222 S. Commerce in Wichita from 11am to 1pm on Sunday November 1st.