Katherine (Kate) Linenbrink was born in Callaway, Neb., on February 27, 1939, to Henry and Margaret Linenbrink, the 12 of the Linenbrink children and went home to our compassionate God on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. She attended the Country school in Eli, Neb., and graduated from St. Agnes Academy, Alliance, in May, 1957. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis Community from 1957-1971. Kate received her B.A. degree from Regis University and a Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Kate taught for many years in South Dakota schools until 1990 when she moved to Bridgeport, to continue teaching until her retirement in 2005.
Following in the tradition of the Linenbrink family, Kate’s deep faith in a trusting God carried her through all the events of her life. She was a faithful parishioner of All Souls Catholic Church in Bridgeport.
To know Kate was to know someone who willingly supported anyone needing help. She often went to the family ranch in Eli to help her mother. Kate warmly welcomed everyone into her home and always had coffee and cookies ready to serve.
For her daily companionship Kate enjoyed her dogs. She had a heart for all living animals and became a caretaker for stray cats and food provider for the birds. Kate also showed great pride in her yard and home. Often people would stop by to admire her flowers and her well-trimmed lawn.
Kate was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Margaret Linenbrink, brothers John, Vince, Bill and Nick. She is survived by seven sisters: Mary Snyder (Alliance), Sister Cecilia Linenbrink, OSF (Denver), Josephine Marshall (Gering), Sister Joan Linenbrink, OSF (Alliance), Verna Stasch (Westminster, Colo.), Clara Linenbrink (Gering), Henrietta Linenbrink (Golden, Colo.), and one brother, Jim Linenbrink, (Omaha) and also numerous nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews. Kate is also fondly remembered by her special friends, Larry Johnson (Cody), Shirley Claussen (Martin) and Nancy Bunner (Sidney).
Visitation was held Friday, June 30 from 1-4 p.m. at Gering Memorial Chapel. The Wake/Rosary 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 30, and the funeral Mass 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 1. Both services were in Christ the King Catholic Church, with Fr. Mike McDonald officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery in Merriman.
In lieu of flowers, please send Memorials to Christ the King Catholic Church, 18th & N St. Gering, NE 69341 or Regional West Hospice, 3701 Ave. D Scottsbluff, NE 69361. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.geringchapel.com.