KATHRYN ANN PAUNICKA "KITTY" (NEE WIRTZ) WHITING, IN Kathryn Ann "Kitty" Paunicka (nee Wirtz), age 85 of Whiting passed away Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at the Holy Cross Hospice, Chicago. She was the beloved wife of the late Wendell L. Paunicka who passed away March 26, 1988; loving mother of Tony (Merribeth) Paunicka of Chesterton, Kathy (Zuhair) Thalji of Willow Springs, IL and Jim (Linda) Paunicka of St. Louis, MO; cherished grandmother of Matt (Lindsey) Paunicka, Lauren and Gina Paunicka, Sam, Ziyad, Malik and Gabriel Thalji, Rachel, Sarah and Emily Paunicka; dearest sister of Anthony (Rosalie) Wirtz of Boulder City, NV; dear aunt to many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting with the Rev. John E. Kalicky, C.PP.S., officiating. Interment at St. John Cemetery, Hammond. Visitation at the funeral home Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The St. John Rosary Society together with members of the parish will offer prayers at the funeral home on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Kitty Paunicka was born on July 23, 1925 in Chicago, IL to Henry "Pat" and Martha (Georgic) Wirtz and was a lifelong resident of the Whiting - Robertsdale Community. She was a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, Class of 1943 and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting and the St. John Rosary Society. During World War II, Kitty had worked as an industrial chemist and photographer at the American Steel Foundry. She enjoyed doing needle work and had participated in a knitting club for 50 years with many of her friends. In recent years she had an enjoyable time sending e-mails and surfing the internet. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati would be appreciated. (219) 659-4400.
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Published in The Times from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2011