Kathryn Olive (Roben) Kochenower, 106, Ottawa, passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at the Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 25, at Saint John’s Cemetery near Homewood. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Saint John’s Cemetery and mailed to PO Box 176, Ottawa, Kansas, 66067.
Kathryn (Katherine) was born on Oct. 19, 1913, on the family farm near Homewood, Kansas. Her parents were Henry Thomas Roben and Mary Katherine (Sittner) Roben. She attended a one-room schoolhouse at Homewood and later graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1933. While going to high school, her parents would take her to Williamsburg on Sunday nights so she could spend the week with a family friend that lived there, as it was too far to travel the six miles everyday from Homewood and her father needed the horses for working in the field.
On June 19, 1934, Kathryn married Floyd A Kochenower, Sr., and moved to the Kochenower family farm northwest of Princeton. They had one son, Floyd A Kochenower, Jr., born April 9, 1935. Floyd, Sr. passed away in 1956, but Kathryn remained on the farm until 1971, when she moved to Ottawa due to health concerns.
Kathryn worked hard her entire life; raising cattle, pigs, chickens and ducks. With the help of her longtime friend, Joe A Yockey, Sr., she also raised a bountiful garden. They both loved working in the garden and spending time with her grandkids, which earned her the name of Grandma Joe. Her grandkids have many fond memories of helping Grandma Joe in the garden, and taking the back roads to Parker, Kansas to pick fruit, where her and Joe would let them drive there to pick fruit. They also had fun feeding all the farm animals, gathering eggs, playing in the grainery, the milk stantions and the hayloft in the barn. After she moved to town, she continued to have a large garden and a yard to maintain.
She also enjoyed volunteering. She was a longtime member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church for many years, she helped with refunding for the benefit of the church, which raised money for many special projects for the church and the school. She also picked up newspapers from several Ottawa residents and stored them in her garage for the Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus. Before she’d go pickup newspapers, she would bake cookies to take to the "older people," even though she was older than most of them.
She also was on a calling committee through Ransom Memorial Hospital where she called people who were shut-in to check on them every couple of days. Kathryn was quite a conversationalist and enjoyed nothing more than a good visit with family and friends. She was determined to take care of herself and do things herself as long as she could including driving up until she was almost 102.
Kathryn enjoyed attending the annual Alumni Banquets at Williamsburg each May. She especially looked forward to her 75th reunion, which she attended in 2008 with her entire family. The last year, she was able to go, was her 81st reunion in 2014.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Fredrick A Roben; husband; longtime friend, Joe; and grandson-in-law, Don Hobbs, as well as many dear friends.
Kathryn is survived by her son, Floyd A Kochenower, Jr., and his wife, Pat of Princeton; grandchildren, Anita Lynn Kochenwer, LaCrosse, Virginia; Ginger Hobbs, Ottawa; Dianna Carswell and husband, Rex, Ottawa; Fredrick A Kochenower, Williamsburg; great-grandchildren, Tammy Ogle and husband, Craig, Princeton; Jack Hobbs and wife, Jessica, Princeton; Justin Hobbs and wife, Kaleigh, Princeton; Keith Carswell and wife, Kerrie, Princeton; Melissa Carswell, Ottawa; Cory Peoples and wife, Drew, Olathe; Katie Caswell and fiancé, Alex Jones, Ottawa; Flint Kochenower, Alexandria, Virginia; Paige Kochenower, Prairie Village; great-great grandchildren, Austin Ogle and wife, Cassie, Princeton; Wyatt Ogle and fiancé, Hannah Kirkland, Rantoul; Winston Ogle, Princeton; Lukas Hobbs, Topeka; Lathen Hobbs, Topeka; Brynn and Jake Hobbs, Princeton; Casey and Tucker Carswell, Princeton;, Jaden Leffler, Topeka; Ava and Ruby Leffler, Princeton; her great-great-great grandchildren, Jayde and Adilyn Ogle, Princeton; Augustus Ogle, Rantoul; and Brylie Hobbs, Baldwin City. She is also survived by three generations of nieces and nephews and many special friends who thought of and treated her like family.
The family would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to the special people who cared for her at Richmond Healthcare and to Dr. Ojeleye for making her feel so loved.