Kay Enos Kay Enos passed away peacefully in her beloved home on February 15, 2013 surrounded by her family and caregivers. She was 96 years of age. |
Kay was born in San Francisco, the daughter of County Clare Irish immigrants, John (Jack) O'Looney and Bridget Theresa Monahan. She was predeceased by her two brothers, John P. O'Looney and Rev. Martin Joseph O'Looney, CSP and her sister, Mary Onorato. Kay attended Sacred Heart Grammar School in San Francisco and was a proud graduate of St. Rose Academy in 1933. Her years at St. Rose fostered in her a deep affection for the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael who became like second mothers to her. It was during her high school years, that she met the love of her life, John (Jack) Enos, who was a 1932 graduate of St. Ignatius High School. Jack went on to complete his education at University of San Francisco earning a bachelors degree in Business.
Jack & Kay were married at St. Monica's Catholic Church in San Francisco in 1939 and enjoyed 52 wonderful years of marriage together. Their first home was on 37th Avenue in the Sunset District. In 1954, they moved to San Rafael and bought the home of their dreams on Grand Avenue where they remained for the rest of their lives. Jack passed away in 1991, and Kay kept him alive in her heart and memories.
Kay is survived by her son and daughter-in law John & Jean Enos, her daughter, Patricia (Patty) Enos, her three grandchildren, Catherine Enos, Jennifer (John) Imbimbo, and John Enos, and her great-granddaughter, Adeline Imbimbo. Kay is also survived by her nephews and nieces John, Paul, and Joe (Diana) O'Looney, Mary (Rob) Landucci; Barbara (Bob) De Louche, Terry (Outi) Onorato, Dan (Alice) Onorato, Frank Onorato, Mary Ann (Jerry) Toohey as well as numerous cousins in the San Francisco Bay Area, the East Coast and Ireland.
Kay was a woman with a huge heart, strong convictions, great sense of humor, and deep spirituality who opened her home to countless people throughout the years. She loved interacting with people, hearing their stories, sharing their joys and their sorrows, and cherished her Catholic faith and Irish heritage. She was a fierce competitor in card games, and she loved her home, her garden, the outdoors, and, more than anything else, her family, little children and babies. She had a great singing voice and an innate ability to interpret the lyrics of a song with just the right tone, just the right emphasis.
She was a devoted parishioner of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in San Rafael, and spent at least 35 years heading the Parish Library and Bookstore. She felt passionate about her work there, and strove to provide the parish community with books that would challenge their thinking and deepen their faith. She was an active member of the Catholic Daughters for many years, and also participated in the St. Raphael's Mother's Guild when her children attended school there.
We will all miss you greatly, Kay O'Looney Enos, but we will always remember your lovely blue eyes, your wonderful voice, and your radiant smile.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amigos Anonymous (c/o The Enos Family), Hospice by the Bay, or St. Raphael's Catholic Church. The family wishes to express our heartfelt thanks to: Mom's exceptional caregivers, Lilla, Milly, & Doris; to Hospice by the Bay for their loving care, and to the wonderful Threshold Choir for filling Mom's heart with love and music. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 1104 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 25th followed by a gathering at the family home to celebrate Mom's life.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 23, 2013