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Kathryn Agnes "Aggie" Houk

June 15, 1929 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Kathryn Agnes "Aggie" Houk Obituary

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Kathryn Agnes “Aggie” (Worley) Houk, 94, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2024. She was born at home on a farm in Pulaski County, IN, the daughter of Frank Worley and Katie Foerg Worley. Agnes had four sisters and one brother.

She graduated from St. Elizabeth’s nursing school in Lafayette, IN in 1951.   On August 25, 1951, she married the love of her life, James Edward Houk of Logansport who predeceased her in 2022. The couple shortly thereafter moved to South Bend, IN. Jim and Aggie were blessed with four children, Margaret “Peggy” (John) Gibney of Edwardsburg who unselfishly served as her caretaker for many years, and sons, Patrick Houk who predeceased her on March 20, 2006, Phillip (Lynda) Houk of Fort Wayne, Thomas Houk of San Diego and daughter-in-law, Jennifer Houk of Fort Collins, CO. Aggie also left nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, sister, Dorothy (Roger) Beauchamp and many nieces and nephews. Agnes was also predeceased in death by her siblings Frances, Mary, Alma and Fred.

Agnes had a long career as a nurse, serving for several years at Northern Indiana Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital. After taking 14 years off to raise her children, she returned to nursing and soon was called to her “dream job”. For 23 years, she skillfully served the retired sisters of Holy Cross at the convent on the campus of St. Mary’s College.  In her own words, Agnes described St. Mary’s convent as a house of “quiet peaceful love” and said that she “felt honored to be a part of the life of sisters.”

After retirement in 1992, Agnes and Jim traveled extensively. Some highlights from their journeys included the Vatican, South Africa, Germany, Norway, Alaska, and a cruise through the Panama Canal.

Agnes was a charter member of St. Anthony de Padua Church. At St. Anthonys, she served as an officer in the Rosary Society and Christ Child Society and as a Eucharistic minister. She also served as a Cub Scout leader and in Service Guild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at St. Pius X Catholic Church at 10:00 am. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the mass. Burial will follow in Mishawaka Fairview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Anthony de Padua endowment fund, 9025 Coldwater Rd. Ste 300, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.

The family wants to express gratitude to the caregivers who compassionately and with skill assisted in Agnes’ care in her later years. Among that group are Frankie Macias, Ashley and Sarah from Elara Caring and George and Sarah Matuwa with Helping Angels Caring.

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February 3, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
St. Pius X Catholic Church
52553 Fir Road
Granger, in 46530

Mass of Christian Burial
February 3, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Pius X Catholic Church
52553 Fir Road
Granger, in 46530


Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka


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