Beatrice Kane, our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2012, at an age of 101.
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She was preceded in death by her parents, Florrie and Fred Hornby; husband Joseph Kane; son Richard Kane; three sisters Edna, Alice and Mae Hornby; brother Ernie Hornby; step-brother Bill Sutton and step-sister Rosie Sutton.
She is survived by son Robert Kane and his wife Jacqueline, grandsons Randy Kane, and Jeffery Kane and his wife Sherri, and great-grandson Stephen, and great-granddaughter Katie; and son Russell Kane and his wife Delia, granddaughter Caroline Carruba and grandson Jacob Vaughan.
Beatrice was born in Amsterdam, Ohio on February 21, 1911, the daughter of an English immigrant coalminer. As a young child, Beatrice lost her mother, Florrie. Later, while in high school and being the oldest of the children in a blended household, she left school without her diploma for a job that helped support the family. In 1929, at age 18, she had to leave home to seek employment in Cleveland, Ohio. There she met and married Joseph Konieczynski (later changed to Kane) and raised two children.
Later, Bea and Joe went to night school in an effort to get their high school diplomas, but they were not able to jointly achieve their goal as Joe succumbed to cancer. In 1967, the same year that her youngest son Russell graduated from high school, Beatrice also received her high school diploma and was valedictorian of her class.
Beatrice worked in the school food service in Euclid, Ohio, and traveled extensively visiting all fifty of the United States. Beatrice was also a master quilter with many honors and had quilting-buddies in faraway places like Australia, Brazil and Japan. In 2001, at the age of 90, Beatrice moved to Houston, Texas, to be closer to her family.
We are most grateful to the caregivers at Clarewood House Extended Care Center, Excel Hospice Care and Bradshaw-Carter for their kindness and attention to our mother's needs in life and with her passing.
Beatrice will be interred at Knollwood Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio, to rest next to her husband, Joseph. No service or visitation is planned. Online tributes may be posted at
Published in Houston Chronicle on July 22, 2012