Thomas Andrew Haynos, 93, of St Mary’s, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
Thomas was born September 19, 1922 in Taylor, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph and Ellen Haynos. He graduated from High School in Taylor and served on Motor Torpedo Boats in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked for 37 years as a rural mail carrier for the United States Post Office. Thomas married Nancy Switzer on February 27, 1954 in Phoenix, Arizona where they raised their family. After Thomas retired in 1984, Thomas and Nancy moved to Carthage, Texas where they built a small chapel at the advice of Father Carl Pulvermacher. The chapel is still in use today. In 2001, they moved to the St. Mary’s area to be near their children and daily Mass. Thomas is survived by his wife, Nancy and their eight children: Theresa (Bill) Hamilton; Patricia, in religion Sister Maria Mechtilde, Discalced Carmelites; Joseph (Jan) Haynos; Father James Haynos, SSPX; Leo (Donna) Haynos; Thomas, in religion Father Matthew, O.S.B.; Peter (Kathy) Haynos; and Dr. Mary (Ian) Lewis. He is also survived by 41 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, 5 sisters, 5 brothers, and one grandson.
The main focus of Thomas’ life was his Catholic faith. His well-known motto to his children was, “I don’t care what you do in life, just go to Confession and Communion and stay close to God.”
Mr. Haynos will lie in state at Piper Funeral Home on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 2:00 until 4:00 pm. A rosary for the repose of the soul of Thomas will be held at Assumption Chapel, St. Mary’s Kansas at 5:20pm on Friday, February 26, 2016. A Solemn High Requiem Mass will be offered at 7:00am on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Assumption Chapel in St. Mary’s followed by burial in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, St. Mary’s, Kansas.
Besides all of those who have remembered Thomas in their prayers, the family especially wishes to express our gratitude to all of the staff of Wamego Health Center for the excellent care they provided him during his final illness.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Carmel of the Holy Trinity, 4027 S. Wilbur Road, Spokane Valley WA 99206-9407 or to the new seminary project of the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary at http://www.newseminaryproject.org/ or New Seminary Project, 21077 Quarry Hill Road, Winona MN 55987.