Mary Rose T. (Cachat) Haren 105, passed away at home in the early morning hours of Monday, August 31, 2020, as the rosary was being prayed at her bedside. She was born in 1915 in a log cabin in Louisville, Ohio, to Peter and Othilie (Paumier) Cachat and was a lifelong Louisville resident. She graduated from St. Louis Elementary School and was the last surviving member of the Louisville High School Class of 1933. While at LHS, Mary Rose loved playing basketball and running track. It’s believed she holds the record for the LHS women’s 50-yard dash at 6.2 seconds. She was barely out of high school when, like many others, her family lost their home during the Great Depression. She began driving before driver’s licenses were required in Ohio, and she remembered driving Model T Fords, which were still around at that time. As a young adult, she worked as an inspector of roller bearing parts at Timken. During World War II, she joined the war effort as a “Rosie the Riveter” at Republic Steel’s Berger Division plant in Louisville. She said that riveting and bucking on the airplanes was the best job she ever had. Over the years, Mary Rose enjoyed growing vegetable and flower gardens and became a vegetarian in her eighties. She received her first computer at age 80 and became e-mail savvy. She loved her large family and her many cats.
Mary Rose belonged to St. Louis Parish for her first 25 years, and for the last 80 years was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Harrisburg. A devoted Catholic mother, she always had a special affection for the Mother of God, giving each of her five daughters the name of Mary as part of her first name. She fell asleep each night and woke each morning with her rosary in her hand. When asked the secret to her longevity, she replied, “The grace of God!”
Mary Rose was married to Michael S. Haren from 1947 until his death in 1981. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Hilarion and Camillus Cachat.
She is survived by her children, Michael, Mary Anne, John (Kathy), Mary Rose (John), Mary Louise, Mary Therese, and Mary Pat (Kurt) Reynolds, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Heather, Lindsay, Anne, and all the good folks at Grace Hospice for their compassionate support.
A private funeral Mass for Mary Rose was celebrated on Friday, Sept. 4, at Sacred Heart of Mary, followed by burial in the parish cemetery. In Mary Rose’s memory, donations and/or Mass requests may be sent to Sacred Heart of Mary Church, or to a favorite charity. Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at www.paqueletfalk.com
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The best mother-in-law in the world. She was like a second mother to me. Love her always. Rest In Peace, Mary Rose!
Dear Marilyn, I know you’re feeling this loss along with us. Please keep us in your prayers.
I am so sorry for your loss. I love the photograph of her in the obituary. What an amazing and beautiful person! Growing up in Louisville I knew of many of the Haren family. Take care all of you. Love, prayers and hugs to the Harens.
Aunt Mary Rose always made the best hotdogs. RIP Love You give mom and dad a hug.
MARY ROSE HAREN was a special friend to my mother, Rita Mary Beltz. Mom drove her to church services, prayer meetings and the Altar and Rosary Society at the Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Harrisburg. The Harens were like a second family to us with sister Mary Rita going off to the Holy Ghost Academy in Pittsburgh with Mary Anne, to become nuns. While Mike and I aspired to the priesthood, John and my brother Art would join us when we ventured into the Haren barn that had been damaged by a tornado. We played in the many acres of the Haren farmland, worked in their garden and fished in their creek off of Alberta Beech Road.
Just before she died, I took mom to Mike’s daughter Linnea’s wedding and reception at St Paul’s Church in Canton where every man there wanted to dance with my mother. Mary Louise (Lulu) Mike’s Down Syndrome sister, danced as no-one has ever danced before on that stage and lived long enough to take care for her mother in her old age. Mom died five months after the wedding in Feb of 2001. Mary Anne Haren sang the Ave Maria at my mother’s funeral in Harrisburg. The Haren Family was featured in my book, THE BURIED WAR. Mary Rose will be greatly missed by me, my family and all who knew her.
What a wonderful lady and second cousin. I will always remember how devoted she was to attend the calling hours of all the deceased relatives we shared in common. I also cherish the visits to her home and family while growing up, especially while her dad was still living (my dad’s uncle).
Surely her Faith in the Grace of God sustained her not only for a long earthly life but now for an eternity in heaven. We are blessed to now continue our visits through mutual prayer for each other, until we meet again through the saving Grace of God.
Haren Family. Dale and I are deeply sorry for your loss. What an amazing woman. Her faith in God and the Catholic Church had everything to do with her living to 105 years young. May she now rest in the arms of her Lord. So many memories for all the family. Cherish them
Thanks, Dale and Sherrie.
LuLu, Mary Anne, Johnny, Kathy and the rest of the Haren family. I am so sorry for your loss. You all took such good care of your mother and she is now in a better place. My thoughts are with all of you.
On behalf of the Richard Haren family you have our sympathies.
But Wow! 105, she had a long run, you are all lucky to have her that long.
Great stories and proud of her for being a “Rosie the Riveter” along with my Mom, Pauline and Marty Frank at Berger’s
Great Haren reunions
I am Richard and Pauline’s Granddaughter. Rachel Haren -Herzer. Jared Haren’s niece (Father is James) What a great generation! Cherish the memories and most importantly all of the stories! Those of Pauline’s are some of the greatest gifts in life I could have received. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Thanks, Rachel. Totally agree with you about “the greatest generation.” And we really appreciate your thoughts and prayers for your Great Aunt Mary Rose and for all of us at this time.