Helen Dorothy “Kay” Plunkett, a former resident of Three Rivers, died Monday, March 13, 2017, in Visalia. She was 100.
A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, March 30, at 11 a.m., at St. Clair Catholic Mission in Three Rivers. For those wishing to pray the Rosary, a Rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m. A lunch will be served at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Three Rivers immediately following Mass.
Kay was born in Savana, Ill., on January 27, 1917, to Martin and Mary Kreijcier who had emigrated from Czechoslovakia. Kay was the youngest of 10 children.
The family eventually moved to Wadsworth, Ohio, where Kay graduated high school. She married Merrill Plunkett and the couple settled in Alhambra and Southgate in Southern California, eventually moving to Covina. They had two children, Barbara and John. Kay was a supervisor in the Los Angeles welfare department for 10 years.
In the mid 1970s, Kay and Merrill stopped in Three Rivers while on a trip and decided that when they retired they would move here. They followed through on that dream, but Merrill passed away shortly after they moved to Three Rivers.
Kay continued to reside in Three Rivers until 2016 when she moved to an assisted living facility in Visalia. In Three Rivers, she was an active member of the St. Clair Altar Society and sang in the St. Clair church choir over 40 years until her move to Visalia.
She was also an avid fisherman and a member for many years of the Lady Anglers. Her other involvement in Three Rivers included working at the golf course and the Indian restaurant, serving as a member of the Three Rivers Woman’s Club, and participating in musical productions in the community. One of her favorite pastimes was playing bridge with her many friends.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents, husband Merrill, and son.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Bleile; her nephews, Marty Zvada and wife Margaret, Pat Zvada, and Tim Zvada and wife Sandy; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Clair Altar Society, P.O. Box 1001, Three Rivers, CA 93271, or a charity of the donor’s choice.