Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Family History Writing Challenge Day 18

Note: I am behind on the Family History Writing Challenge as I was out of town for four days creating new family history memories. My in-laws celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, and it was important to focus on the family during that time period. 

Jane 1941
The second child born to Joseph and Lillian (Hungler) Kubler was LeRoy. As he is my father and I want to end this writing challenge with him, I will skip over him and talk instead about Mary Jane, the third child, of the Kublers. Jane, as she was called, was born on 10 April 1925 in Cincinnati. Her sister Ethel was 11, and her brother LeRoy was 7 when she joined the family. She attended Seton High School, a Sisters of Charity Catholic girls school in Cincinnati. There she participated in Troupe No. 371, Seton Unit of the National Thespian Dramatic Honor Society. Jane was also an avid bowler.

At the age of 18, Jane married 19-year-old Kevin McGann. They exchanged vows on 26 November 1943, which was the day after Thanksgiving. Kevin had graduated from Elder High School, an all boys Catholic school, where he was active on the tennis team. From there he attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, and then St. Louis University, where he graduated from medical school. Kevin served in the US Navy and US Air Force during WWII.

Their daughter Sharon was born in St. Louis. Sons Kevin, Michael and Timothy were born in Cincinnati, and daughters Colleen and Kelly were born in Georgetown, Ohio where Kevin established his office as a physician. He practiced there for 38 years, delivering over 2,000 babies. He also served as the Health Commissioner for Brown County, Ohio for more than 30 years.

Kevin died on 4 March 2013, just one day shy of his 89th birthday. He and Jane had been married for 69 years. His funeral was held at St. George Catholic Church, where the family were long-time members. Jane did not live long without him, passing on 2 October 2013 at the age of 88. She was with her oldest daughter and son-in-law in New York when she died, and that is where a service for her was held.

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