It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Kathleen Irene White, affectionately known as Katy to some, of Schertz, Texas. She peacefully departed this world in her sleep and found eternal rest with the Lord on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, receiving her angel wings at the age of 91.
Kathleen Irene White was born on January 22, 1932, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, to her loving parents, Fernand Jacquet and Helen Bailes Jacquet.
Her early years were marked by enthusiasm and a passion for community involvement. Kathleen's spirited nature led her to become a cheerleader for St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, where all felt her infectious energy and team spirit. Kathleen's dedication to civic and social work was evident, and it was no surprise when she was selected to represent her community at the prestigious Buckeye Girl’s State in 1948.
One of the most cherished moments of Kathleen's youth was her privilege and honor of being chosen to present the Floral Crown during the May Crowning of Mary, a beautiful tradition honoring the Virgin Mary. This experience left an impression on her, reflecting her deep faith and devotion.
Kathleen joined the United States Air Force at the age of 19, where she underwent her basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. She dedicated herself to serving her country from April 1951 through August 1953 and achieved the distinguished rank of Sergeant. Her service was particularly special and made history as she was among the pioneering group of Women in the Air Force (WAFS) to be deployed to Iceland.
Her love story also made history while stationed in Iceland, as she met and married Dale Elwood White from Flatwoods, Kentucky. They became the first Air Force couple to exchange vows on Icelandic soil in 1953. This fateful encounter led to a union that lasted until 1981 when Dale sadly passed away. Despite the loss, Kathleen chose never to remarry, honoring the enduring love she shared with Dale.
Kathleen had a passion for sports that ignited her enthusiasm for the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Cowboys. Among her favorite basketball players was Bruce Bowen, admired for his relentless hustle on the court. If you visited Kathleen's home, you could always count on finding a sporting event gracing her television screen. Her love for sports extended to her own family, as she took immense joy in watching her children and grandchildren participate in various athletic endeavors, offering unwavering support and cheers from the sidelines.
Family gatherings at Kathleen's house were never complete without game nights, a cherished tradition held monthly for many years. Her favorite game, "9 Hole," often saw her emerge as the victor, highlighting her competitive spirit. She also found delight in playing Scrabble and immersing herself in crossword puzzles, demonstrating her sharp wit and love for intellectual challenges.
Kathleen's presence brought joy and inspiration to everyone fortunate enough to know her. She left a lasting mark on countless lives through her boundless kindness, deep compassion, and unwavering affection for her loved ones. She often emphasized that the greatest gift she could ever receive was the gathering of her family on those special occasions that meant so much to her.
Kathleen's passing leaves a void that cannot be filled, but her memory will live on in the countless lives she touched. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Kathleen leaves behind a loving legacy continued by her extensive family. She is survived by her seven daughters and their devoted husbands: Linda and Carl Bugosh, Vicki and Jeff Hamby, Judy and Steve James, Janet and Jamie Lee, Donna and Tom Pellerin, Wendy and Luke Cash, and Susie and Roger Alexander. Additionally, Kathleen's memory lives on through her oldest son, Robert White and three additional sons and their supportive wives: Danny and Patty White, Mickey and Sandra White, and David and Amy White. Her remarkable family tree extends to include 43 cherished grandchildren, 35 beloved great-grandchildren, and four precious great-great-grandchildren, all of whom were deeply touched by Kathleen's presence and love.
Kathleen was preceded in death by loved ones who have now reunited with her in eternity. She joins her beloved husband, Dale Elwood White, her dear son, Johnny White, and her cherished grandson, Roger L. Alexander. Kathleen’s parents, Helen Bailes and Fernand Jacquet also preceded her in death, along with her siblings: Marie (Lloyd) Russell, Anne (Harry) Blair, James Jacquet, and Fred Jacquet. Though they are gone, their memories live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved them, just as Kathleen's memory will continue to warm the hearts of her family and friends.
A Visitation for Kathleen will be held from 5:00PM - 8:00PM, with the Holy Rosary to be recited at 7:00PM, on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at Schertz Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Mass will take place at 11:30AM on Friday, September 22, 2023 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church of Schertz, Texas. Interment will follow at 1:00PM at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Once the services conclude on 9/22, family is inviting all friends and family to a Reception, celebrating the life of Kathleen, from 3:00PM-7:00PM at the Schertz VFW 8315 - Hall of Flags.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.