Kathleen M. (Kay) Horinek, 81, passed away peacefully at Northern Montana Care Center in Havre on Tuesday, October 12, following a brief illness. Vigil services and Rosary will be held on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at Holland and Bonine Funeral Home in Havre. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church in Hingham followed by burial at the Hingham Cemetery.
Kay was born November 28, 1928, in Canada, and spent her childhood on the family farm at Killam, Alberta. She attended country school where she graduated from eighth grade. Kay continued her education at St. Mary’s High School in Edmonton, Alberta, graduating in 1946. She then moved with her family to their farm at Winnipeg, Manitoba, and attended a business college. She was employed as a secretary for a stationary company in Winnipeg.
In 1947, Kay traveled by train to Hingham, Mont., to visit relatives. It was there that her romance with Robert (Bob) Horinek began. Thereafter, Bob piloted his four-passenger Piper Family Cruiser airplane on trips to Winnipeg to visit Kay. They became engaged on Valentine’s Day, 1949, and married at Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church in Hingham on Oct. 22, 1949. After a wedding trip to tour Montana, they settled into the home they built in Hingham and raised their family.
When their children were grown, they built their home on the farm south of Hingham, and lived there for the remainder of their lives. Kay continued to live on the farm after Bob passed away in 2004, and she liked the peacefulness of her surroundings.
Kay enjoyed her friendships at the senior centers in Rudyard and Havre, as well as visiting with long-time friends and neighbors. She liked traveling with the Havre Senior Connection motor coach tours having recently returned from a trip to Coeur d’Alene and Spokane. The highlight of this trip for her was the dinner cruise on beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Kay is survived by her children, Barbara Emily Brunelle, Great Falls; Kenneth (Debra) Horinek, Kalispell; James Horinek, Missoula; and Ronald Horinek, Hingham; five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.