Soch, Kathleen Jacqmin Kathleen Jacqmin Soch passed away Saturday, December 28 at the age of 90. She was born on April 13, 1923 in Green Bay, Wisconsin and cheered on the Packers her entire life. She earned a degree in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During WWII she worked in Washington D.C. as a cryptanalyst for the agency that eventually became the CIA. Later she moved to Chicago to work for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton. She met her husband Richard there at the Stage Door Bar and Grill when they both went for the free shrimp. They married in 1950 and went on to raise 7 children. After 53 years of marriage, Dad passed away in 2003. Because of Dad's military career, our growing family moved frequently and eventually lived in 5 different states as well as France and Germany. Our family spent many weekends and vacations camping throughout Europe. Mom was an excellent cook, and no matter if she had a full kitchen or only a camp stove she always prepared a delicious meal and dessert. Each Christmas she rolled out hundreds of Christmas cookies that we were required to individually hand paint using colored frosting and paintbrushes. Mom was also an expert seamstress and knitter. She made Christmas stockings for all of her children and grandchildren and sewed most of her daughters dresses (and often a matching doll dress!). Mom was a long time member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and volunteered for many years with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She was a good neighbor in every sense of the word and always looked out for those around her. Although she had only seven biological children she was also "Mom" to many others. She was always ready with a kind word, some tough advice, a homemade coffeecake, or a place at the dining room table. Kathleen loved to garden, read, play bridge, listen to the opera, attend the theater, and enjoy a martini or glass of wine with her many friends. She loved a beautiful sunset and was frequently in her yard late at night to gaze at the moon. In the year before she passed she celebrated her 90th birthday with 75 of her closest friends, saw most of her relatives at a reunion in Wisconsin, and celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas with her family. We were truly blessed to have such a loving Mom. Kathleen was predeceased by her parents Harry & Matilda Jacqmin, her brothers Harris and Ralph, and her daughter-in-law Beth. She is survived by her 7 children Mary, Rick and his wife Susan, Kathy and her husband Phil Davis, Jim and his wife Patti, Liz, David, and Maggie and her husband Tom Hayden. She also leaves behind her grandchildren Keith and his wife Esmeralda, Adam, Thomas, Zak, Annie, Davis, John, Katie, Libby and her great-grandchildren Kelsey, Keller, and Eli. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 am on Friday, January 3 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 4015 S. Hampton Road, Dallas. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 - 8 pm (with a rosary service at 7 pm) at Jaynes Memorial Chapel, 811 South Cockrell Hill Road, Duncanville. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Oak Cliff Churches for Emergency Aid c/o Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church at 6000 S. Hampton Road, Dallas, TX 75232.
Published in Dallas Morning News from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2014