Rose M. Mahoney, 94, a long-time Baker City resident, died Jan. 20, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Vigil services will be at 7 o’clock tonight at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Deacon James Watt will officiate. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the cathedral. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate. Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Friends are invited for a luncheon in the Parish Hall after the service.
Rose was born Oct. 13, 1909, at Cushing, Minn., to Anthony Henry and Margaret Simones Wenker. She and Joseph Leo Mahoney were married on June 12, 1930, at Kenmare, N.D. In 1945, the family moved from North Dakota to Spokane and in 1948 to Baker City where they became permanent family residents.
Through the years while raising their six children, Rose helped her husband doing the bookkeeping for their paint contracting business. Rose was devoted to her faith and was an active member of the St. Francis Altar Society.
She took great pleasure in her large flower garden, which was enjoyed by all who had the opportunity to see it. Rose was an avid bridge player and was always ready for a competitive game of Scrabble with her daughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph; a brother, Lee Wenker; and a sister, Vera Wenker.
Survivors include her children, Colleen Culbertson, and her husband, Ron, of Myrtle Creek, Marjorie Kenny and her husband, William, of Heppner, Sally McDevitt and her husband, Larry, of Milton-Freewater, Dennis Mahoney and his wife, Mary, of Elgin, and Mary Jo Mahoney and her husband, Greg, and Tim Mahoney and his wife, Chris, of Baker City; brothers, Richard Wenker of Minneapolis, and Brother Pius Wenker of Richardton, N.D.; 33 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church or CASA through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 30, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor