Joseph (Joe) Frantz Hauber, 96, of Westwood Kansas, passed away, surrounded by family, Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Clare Bridge Nursing Home of Leawood, Kansas. He was blessed to have been able to live at home with the care of his family until the last few days of his life. A Rosary will be said Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. followed by Visitation and a 10:30 Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Agnes Catholic Church, 5250 Mission Road, Roeland Park, Kansas. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, 6901 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri directly following the mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Kansas City Hospice. Joe was born Aug. 7, 1917, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Frank and Elizabeth Hauber. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a Maintenance Machinist First Class in the United States Navy. He was married to Margaret Virginia Marx onJune 26, 1946. Joe retired from the Kansas City Star in1984. He was a well- loved, active parishioner of Saint Agnes Church for over 65 years. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife, brother and sisters:Frances, Mildred, Betty, Bernard, Mary and Dolores. Joe's survivors include two of his brothers Frank and Richard Hauber and eight children: Joe (Lois), Rick (Sarah), Betty, Mary Davidson (Ken), Rose Wessling (Vince), Annette Murphy (Fred), Larry (Teri Poth), Jerry (Julie), and the greatest pride and joy of Joe's life, his 19 grandchildren,16 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.He was strong in his Catholic faith and endless in love for his family and friends. Joe was always full of energy and wasn't shy to give advice to his children and grandchildren. He had an unlimited number of inspirational one-liners to share. Most recent family favorites included, "If you're not singing, you're not living!" and "You're only on this earth once, then you're in it!" |
I am home in heaven, dear ones;
Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in heaven at last.
Did you wonder how I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh, but Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.
And he came himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's will.
There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remains,
You shall rest in Jesus' land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 11, 2014