Home Moravian Church, immediately following the service
529 S. Church St., Winston Salem, NC, 27101
Saturday, Jan 10, 2015
Home Moravian Church
529 S. Church St., Winston Salem, NC
Saturday, Jan 10, 2015
God's Acre (Salem Moravian Graveyard)
Salem Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Dec 08, 1923 - Jan 06, 2015
Katherine Winifred Schwalbe Leinbach
Dec. 8, 1923 – Jan. 6, 2015
Katherine (Kaka) Winifred Schwalbe Leinbach passed away on January 6, 2015 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born on December 8, 1923 in Akiak, Alaska to Moravian missionaries, the Rev. Frederic Theodore Schwalbe and Anna Christina Buxbaum Schwalbe. She spent her early years in Bethel, Alaska. She finished high school in Bethlehem, PA moving to Winston-Salem, NC at the age of 16 to attend Salem College. She was a graduate of the Class of 1944.
Kaka’s greatest gift was her connection to others as evidenced by her dedicated community and church service. She was active with many organizations including Sunnyside Ministry, Crisis Control, Contact, Meals on Wheels, the Mary Ann Fogle Service League and the Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church. As a member of Home Moravian Church, Kaka and her husband, Ted, taught the first discussion style Sunday School class at the church, a radically different way of teaching at that time. She was also involved in numerous other church activities over the years such as the Board of Elders, Women’s Fellowship, Candle Tea, Gemeinschaft and Reading for Life.
Kaka and Ted enjoyed traveling, gardening and spending time at Roaring Gap where they were members of Roaring Gap Club. In her later years, Kaka was happily a resident of Salemtowne Retirement Community.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, C.T. (Ted) Leinbach, Jr., and her sister, Gertrude Trodahl. She is survived by her three children, Kathy Britt and her husband, Don, of Wilmington, NC, Chris Puryear and her husband, Paul, of Jamestown, NC and Ted Leinbach and his wife, Margaret, of Winston-Salem, NC; six grandchildren, Katherine Britt Wilkerson (Jay) of Raleigh, NC, Jenny Britt Denny (Joel) of Hickory, NC, PJ Puryear (Courtney) of Apex, NC, Ben Puryear (Hannah) of Nashville, TN, Ryan Leinbach of Kona, HI and Salem Leinbach Griffin (Clay) of New York, NY; and five great grandchildren, Henry and George Wilkerson, Emma and Kate Denny and Noelani Puryear. Also surviving are her sister-in- law, Margaret Leinbach Kolb and brother-in-law, Bill Leinbach (Rita).
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC with burial in God’s Acre. The family will receive friends at the Church immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sunnyside Ministry, 319 Haled St., Winston-Salem, NC 27127 or Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference and Retreat Center, 124 Pendry Dr., Laurel Springs, NC 28644.
Chris, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in Gods loving embrace during this difficult time. Remember the good times and celebrate her life.
Chris and Family,
What a wonderful woman your Mother was. She has left you a legacy to cherish. May God touch you all with His peace and love. We are here to support you with whatever you need.
Robert M. Baldwin
To the Leinbach family. Just learned of Katherine's death through an email from Peace M. Church. Teresa and I send our love to each of you during this time. I had the chance to meet her years ago and I know she will be missed by each of you and so many more. God's speed and His blessings!
Bob and Teresa
Sally and Tom Munden
Sally and I send our deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of Kaka Leinbach at this time.Kaka was our long time friend and we will cherish our many loving memories of her.
The Leinbach Family:
I had the pleasure of knowing your mother from Salemtowne. She was a joy to be around and had such a love of life and her family. She never wanted to be like 'those old people' and had a strong desire to maintain herself physically despite setbacks with her vision. She often told me about the trips to the house in Roaring Gap and how she enjoyed those times, especially Thanksgiving this past year. I was lucky enough to be the receipient of her sugar cake and cheese straws at one point or another. She will be sorely missed in the Salemtowne community as she is in your hearts. I am so sorry for your loss. May God be close to your family during this time.
Chris, I was so sorry to read about your Mom in the paper today. You were fortunate to have had her with you a lot longer than most of us. Take care of yourselves and remember all of the good times you shared with her.
Vanessa Douglas Bratton
My Heartfelt Sympathy Goes out To Your Family.