Henry Vincent Konecny

Born: Sun., Jan. 21, 1917
Died: Fri., Apr. 3, 2009

Funeral Service

Mon., Apr. 06, 2009

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ELKHART -- Henry V. Konecny, 92, of Elkhart, passed away Friday morning, April 3, 2009.

He was born on Jan. 21, 1917, in Stockett, Mont. to Charles and Suzanne (Kollar) Konecny. On April 21, 1939, he married the love of his life, the former Lucille C. "Lu" Restelli in Great Falls, Mont. In addition to several brothers and sisters, she preceded him in death on Jan. 9, 1968.

We are all measured by what we leave behind on this earth, and what he and Lu left behind was a strong and rich heritage of a 120 member immediate family, including 15 children and their spouses: Patricia (Ralph) Cortas, Dennis (Catherine) Konecny, Eugene (Linda) Konecny, Jerome Konecny, Pamela (Gus) Bozzuto, Mary (John) Walker, Thomas (Tina) Konecny, Jan (Denise) Konecny, Margaret Ann (Gary) Goodman, Arthur (Phyllis Herczeg) Konecny, Paul (Cathy) Konecny, Nina Marie (Brian) Cunningham, Peter (Deb) Konecny, Jennifer (Evan) Martin and Carolyn (Larry) Blosser. He also leaves behind 40 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and a sister, Irene (Norman) Erie.

Henry launched the Radiology Department at Elkhart General Hospital in 1942 and devoted 60 years of service to the hospital. Literally hundreds of X-ray technicians have been trained using the programs and curriculum he created. He was self-taught because there was no formal education in radiology when he started.

One of his most memorable moments in his department were the Palm Sunday tornadoes in 1965, in which more than 300 patients were X-rayed that night. Henry was a member of Toastmasters International, was a 67-year member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church and planted and raised over 650 varieties of iris.

Please join with his family as we celebrate the life of Henry V. Konecny from 4 to 8 p.m. on today, April 5, 2009, at the Billings Funeral Home, at 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart, where a parish rosary will conclude the evening at 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2009, at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, 1108 S. Main St., Elkhart, where friends may call for one hour prior to the mass. Rev. Robert VanKempen will officiate with burial and graveside services to follow at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to St. Vincent DePaul Catholic School, a school attended by all of his children.

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Ronnie Witt
   Posted Sun April 05, 2009

Dear Jennifer and Family, I'm deeply shocked to hear of your Dad's passing. It's been along time since I've seen him, but I do remember him very, very well from working with you and your Dad at the hospital from 1977-1980. I even remember you in school at Elkhart Central. May God be with you and your whole Family in this time of sorrow. Your long time friend, Ronnie Witt P.S. Jennifer if you feel like it please e-mail me sometime at ronwitt@comcast.net; God Bless you and your whole Family....

Julie Lindstrom
   Posted Sun April 05, 2009

I do not know Henry, but it sounds like he was a phenomenal person. My sympathies to his entire family.

Ruth Saupe
   Posted Sun April 05, 2009

To Henry's Family, Please know that your father was very influencial in my life. I graduated in 1967 from the school of radiology along with 6 others. We had a great time learning and picking his brain about things that were so new to us. We laughed alot and I'm sure added to his grey hair!! However, he maintained calmness thru it all. My friend Pat was just going thru some pictures that she had taken at a reunion we had in maybe 1997. Our lives had gone in many directions, but we had a good time with Henry that evening. He smiled and laughed with us about all the things we had done during those 2 years of training. I'm sure he added more than we will really know to the science of radiology and the training of those who are radiographers. Please accept my condolences and thank you for letting him be a part of so many lives other than his family. Ruth (Ernsberger) Saupe Bristol, Indiana

Duke Mills
   Posted Sun April 05, 2009

So long ago. It was in the late 40's or very early 50's that I remember first meeting Henry while helping my father (Duke, Sr) with ambulance work. So I did get to see some of the many changes that he did for EGH and Elkhart over the years.

Liz Malone
   Posted Sun April 05, 2009

Dear Pat, Ralph and Family, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing....but a good, long and faithful life with a wonderful family to show for it. God Bless you all. Prayers- Liz Malone

John Wagers
   Posted Sun April 05, 2009

We are very sorry for your family's loss of a loved one and our hearts go out to you and yours. The Wagers Family...

James Eger
   Posted Sun April 05, 2009

I was sorry to learn of Henry's passing. I was in the hospital in March of 1954 with blood poisoning as the result of an infected floor burn from basketball. My doctor ordered x-rays and, of course, Henry took them. When he found out that I was on the basketball team we talked basketball. He told me about playing a high school game in Montana where they had to dress at one place and run about a block through the cold to the place where they were to play the game. We had a very nice chat. I did not see him again until I returned to Elkhart to teach math and had Jan in one of my classes. My prayers are with you in this difficult time.

Paul and Patti Muszik
   Posted Sun April 05, 2009

We are thinking about your family today and keeping all of you in our prayers. He is in the hands of the lord, and the arms of all his loved ones. Love to all...

Diane, Tom, Amanda Buday & Kim Garner
   Posted Sun April 05, 2009

Dear Phyllis and Family and Pat and Ralph Cortas and Family, We are sorry to learn of the loss of your father and wish to send our heartfelt condolences to you and your families at this time! You will be in our thoughts and prayers! Sincerely, Diane, Tom, Amanda Buday & Kim and Scott Garner

Kevin Pearson
   Posted Sun April 05, 2009

To the entire Konecny Family, My sincere condolences to each and every one of you! "A Celebration of Life" is what Henry's obituary described for our gathering last evening. Sure, there were some tears. Typical of any Konecny gathering however was the laughter! It was so nice to see and visit with so many of you. You knew you were part of the family when you reached a point that you could call Mr. Konecny, "Henry." I was fortunate enough in my life to reach that point many years ago. I must say I was a bit nervous that first time! His gentle smile reassured me that he accepted it with the respect that was intended. It's hard to imagine a father raising children on their own. What is even harder to imagine is one that could do it with the relative ease that Henry did. And honestly, I don't think Henry ever felt for a minute he could raise those of you that remained at home after the death of your mother by himself. So wisely, the picture of your mother remained a fixture on the living room wall. Funny... I never knew your mother. I can assure you however that I felt her presence every time I entered the house. So, congrats to you Henry for a job well done and a life filled with the respect that you deserve. To say you were a class act would sound as if you were less than genuine. Nothing would be farther from the truth! An entire community mourns your passing as we celebrate your life. May you Rest in Peace, Kevin Pearson

Richard Nichols
   Posted Mon April 06, 2009

A man and a family that has touched an entire community! God be with all of you in your loss, as time moves forward may your spirit be lifted with wonderful memories! Your were Blessed with a Father of Character and Respect! Jenny......... It has been a lifetime ago that we were at Vincennes! May God richly Bless your family! If you are half the spouse, mother and grandmother as you were as a friend, then your totally wonderful! To the entire family, today many share with you in celebrating the Life of a remarkable man!

Rosemary Hirl Hess
   Posted Mon April 06, 2009

Meg and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. May he rest in peace and God help you and your family in this time of sorrow.

John Cunningham & Family
   Posted Mon April 06, 2009

Dennis and Catherine & Paul, We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family concerning the loss of your father and father-in-law. Although, we did not know him, he sounds like he was a remarkable person who was very successful in his accomplishments. He is in a better place now and is with God looking upon us. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. John, Lori, Thomas, Christine and Emily Cunningham

Robert krause
   Posted Mon April 06, 2009

Pete and Family I'm sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. I remember some of your stories about your Father and the Raiology Department. You and your family will be in my prayers. You must have learned a few traits from your Father about teaching. Thanks for showing me the ropes about purchasing. Sincerely, Robert Krause

   Posted Mon April 06, 2009

I'm so sorry for you're loss. Sorry I was out of town on Sunday and not able to come to the funeral home. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

Julie Foster Moss
   Posted Mon April 06, 2009

Dear Konecny Family, We join with you in rejoicing in the new life Henry is celebrating in the audience of the Savior he loved so much. His life was a testimony of what it is to be the heart and hands of Christ. He was held in high regard by our entire family as a wise, kind and gentle man. I worked for him for four years while I was in high school and during a difficult time in my young life. He was an encourager to me as he was to all of the young students in the School of Radiology. He had a quiet strength and a tender heart. He will be missed and remembered well. Randy and Julie Foster Moss

Cecilia De Geyter Wehrly
   Posted Tue April 07, 2009

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr. Konecny. I was one of his X-ray students from the class of 1970 and also a high school classmate of Margaret. He accepted me into the program at no cost to me as I was the oldest child of a family of 10 and I will be ever grateful to his generosity as my career as an X-ray Technologist....not a Technician, as he would always remind us.......has served me well over these past almost 40 years. I remember fondly his keen sense of humor and his unyeilding sense of professionalism, even from his students. Just wanted to share that with all of you and know that I will keep you all in my prayers that the Lord will comfort you in your days of sorrow. With my deepest sympathy, Cecilia Wehrly

Bill and Jan Atwood
   Posted Tue April 07, 2009

We would just like you to know your father, grandfather and friend was a very fine person. He contributed greatly to the X-Ray personnel of Elkhart General Hospital. The department was a well-run place filled with skilled workers under his tutelage. He also supported the arts in this city many years for which we appreciated greatly. What we didn't know was his love and cultivation of iris. Bill could have had a great conversation on this subject as his father was of the same persuasion on the iris topic. Many happy memories to you all as you remember a life well lived and loved.

Mary (Tousignant) Anderson
   Posted Sat April 11, 2009

Dear Konecny's I just learned of the news of your father's passing. He was sure an inspiration to all who knew him. If he will be measured by what he has left behind his strong family is an inspiration to all who knew all of you growing up with all of you. You should be very proud of your heritage. The last time I saw him my mother was still alive and we had a great visit at the annual St Vincent's picnic at the park. She thought the world of him. I am sure he is in a better place and his suffering is over. Regards, Mary

Romney Ashton, M.D.
   Posted Sun April 12, 2009

I thank God for Henry's help and friendship when I first came to Elkhart in 1975. Our family was out of town last week.

Linda Burton Neuhauser
   Posted Wed April 15, 2009

Please accept my sincere sympathy to your family for the loss of your father and one of the best teachers I ever had. I was fortunate to be one of Henry' student's graduating in 1964. I have used the skills I learned from him for the past 45 years and not until I was working in other hospitals and with techs trained elsewhere did I realize just how great a teacher he was. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Linda Burton Neuhauser Class of "64

Gayle Fleischer Rollins
   Posted Tue April 28, 2009

Henry was my instructor for Radiologic Technology from Sept. 1964-Sept.1966. He was a man who commanded authority and respect and at the same time, the gentleness of a Dad came through! I wrote him several years back to thank him for my training. No matter where I lived, I have always been able to be employed as a Technologist and that is valuable education! I remember Pam did EKG's when I was in training, but never met any other family members. I want to extend my sympathy to the entire family and want you to know that Henry will always have a special place in my heart. Sincerely, Gayle Fleischer Rollins