Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 31, 2011, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Easton. The Rev. Thomas Niehaus officiated, and burial was in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Barber Township, Faribault County. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells assisted the family with the arrangements.
Kathy was born Dec. 11, 1946, in Easton, the daughter of Eddie and Kate (Anderson) Schimek. She was a graduate of Wells Easton High School. She went on to St. Mary’s School of Nursing to become a registered nurse. She worked at the National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C., managed the Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Unit, and as Director of Renal Dialysis at Immanual St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato. On Oct. 22, 1977, she was united in marriage to Gary Sonnek in Easton.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Gary, of Mankato; brother,?Skip (Tricia) Schimek, and children, Gwen, Carmen (Andrew), and Brenda; sister-in-law, Pat Schimek, and children, Mike (Kristin), Joan (Paul), Julie (Scott), and Dan (Kristine); sister, Mary Helen (Dave) O’Rourke, and children, Jenn (Ken), Chuck, Katie (Mark), Brian, and Nellie (Alan); and sister, Marge (Bob) Sonnek, and children, Jeff (Kate), John (Carrie) and Anne. She is also survived by many great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and?Kate Schimek; and two brothers, Father Denny Schimek and Don Schimek.
Kathleen J. Sonnek, 64