Kathryn Lucille 'Pete' Hare
Feb. 18, 1923 - Dec. 20, 2013
Kathryn Lucille "Pete" Hare passed away peacefully at Stollwood Convalescent Home on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, surrounded by friends and family.
Kathryn was born on Feb. 18, 1923, in Glencoe, Minn. She was the fourth and last child of Henry and Teresa Petrich.
Kathryn's elementary and high school years were spent in Glencoe public schools. She then moved on to college at Saint Catherine's in St. Paul, Minn., where she studied liberal arts. After two years there she answered her calling of caregiving and moved on to attend nursing school at St. Joseph's in St. Paul. She made fast friends with her fellow nurses in training and those friends gave her the nickname that would stick with her for life, "Pete," short for her last name "Petrich."
After two years practicing general nursing in St. Paul, she was searching for a new environment. Her mom often gushed about California's weather so when she saw some nursing opportunities in Yolo County, she jumped on them. Her first four years in California were spent as a nurse for Yolo General Hospital, the Woodland Clinic, and the Yolo County Health Department.
It was during her early career that she went on an arranged blind date with Jim Hare set up by a mutual friend. They were married six months later on July 27,1949 in Glencoe. She put her nursing career on hold to raise their family while also devoting countless hours to Holy Rosary Church, School and the community of Woodland. She always had time to listen to anyone and had a reputation for dispensing sage advice when asked. She returned to work in 1968 and spent 22 years as a nurse for Woodland Memorial Hospital's psych unit. She did retire from nursing, but never quit volunteering and helping others.
Kathryn was a Yolo Hospice counselor, a home minister, member of Woodland Opera House Association, Cub Scout Den Mother, Holy Rosary Parish Member, sponsor for RCIA. In 2008 the Yolo County Board of Supervisors officially recognized her for her years of service to the Juvenile Hall Ministry. She was an avid bridge player, gardener and baker. She loved theater and acted in several plays with the Town & Country Women's Club. She was deeply devoted to her Catholic faith which sustained her during troubled times and to which she would be thankful for during good times.
She is survived by son James and wife Becky of Woodland, daughter Anne Hare Best of Eagle, Idaho, son John and wife Cheryll of Yuba City; six grandchildren, Rachael, Piper, Katie, Erin, Matthew and Russell; and one great-grandchild, Harper. She was preceded in death by husband James, brother John Petrich, and sisters Margaret and Mary Petrich.
A viewing is scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 26, at Kraft Bros. Funeral Chapel, 175 Second St., followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m., also at Kraft Bros. A funeral mass is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 27, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 305 Walnut St. Private burial will be held at the Woodland Cemetery, followed by a public reception at noon, Friday, at the Hotel Woodland, 436 Main St., Woodland. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Yolo County Historical Society or Maryknoll.