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Says Timken resident

‘I remember his sense of humor’

Father Emil Kapaun officiated at a double wedding at Holy Trinity Church in Timken on May 11, 1946. Pictured above: Father Norbert Staab, pastor of Sacred Heart, Larned; Marvin and Helen Finger, Agnes and Leonard Finger, and Father Kapaun.

By Tim Wenzl
Father Kapaun was appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Timken on April 9, 1948. A month and two days later he officiated at the double wedding of Leonard and Agnes (Vondracek) Finger and Marvin and Helen (Pechanec) Finger.
Helen Finger remembers visiting with Father Kapaun in the living room at the rectory. “We went to see Father Kapaun several weeks before the wedding. He met with us separately. I guess he visited with Marvin about being a good husband. He talked with me about being a good wife. He was so kind in explaining things. He explained what it meant being ‘subjective’ to my husband. A lot like it says in the Bible. I really appreciated the way he explained it. “I remember his sense of humor on the day of the wedding. He said, ‘I’ve never done a double wedding before, so I hope I do it right,’ and then gave us a big grin. At the end of Mass he told us he hoped we’d live to see our third and fourth generations. I thought that was nice of him to say.”
“We really didn’t get to know him like the others (in the parish). We became members of Sacred Heart Parish in Larned where our husbands lived after the wedding.”
“He had such a way about him. I’m not surprised he did all those good things for the soldiers during the war. He was a good country boy who became quite a man in the eyes of God.”
“We feel very privileged to have been married by him,” said Agnes Finger. “We knew him for just a short time. He was a kind and gentle man and was loved by the whole parish. It was sad when he had to leave and the parish was sad when they learned of his death. We are blessed to have had Father in our lives.”

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