KATZER, Lena 1874-1949
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Date: 10/24/2016 at 15:23:59
Mrs. Frank Katzer Dies at Hospital
Mrs. Frank Katzer, who resided in Grundy county and in the vicinity of Conrad upwards of 60 years, died at the Deaconess hospital in Marshalltown last Saturday, following a long illness.
Lena Klar Katzer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Klar, was born in Deutsch Petersdorf, Austria May 23, 1874. She came to the United States with her parents in 1891, settling in Grundy county, near Conrad, Iowa. On January 27, 1900 she was united in marriage with Frank Katzer, Sr. at Grundy Center. To this union were born nine children, eight sons and one daughter. Except for the first four years of their married life, Mr. and Mrs. Katzer made their home on a farm, six miles north of Conrad, where they lived until the death of Mr. Katzer in 1938. Mrs. Katzer continued to reside at this place with her sons until her death. Forty-five years of her life were spent on this farm. She departed this life in the Deaconess hospital at Marshalltown, on October 29, 1949, at the age of 75 years, 5 months and 6 days. She leaves to mourn her loss the following children: Frank, Jr., of Whitten; Ernest, George, Fred and Raymond of Conrad; Robert of Grundy Center; Charlie of Vincent; Joe of East Hartford, Conn.; and Mrs. Ida Clark of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Twenty-five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one brother, Hary Klar of Green Mountain also survive her. Four sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
Mrs. Katzer had been in failing health for many months, unknown in the family circle, but she never complained of her illness. This is a typical trait of her being. A kind, sincere, conscientious person, she was a loving wife and devoted mother. She believed in her God and was true to her faith to the end. Her faith was shown in her daily life and clear to all who had the privilege of knowing her; her every thought was for her family and her friends. No request or need was too great if she could help in any way. She will be greatly missed and long mourned, especially from the large circle of her immediate relatives and family, but though she has gone, her influence and precious memories will remain to abide with them for many years.
Funeral services were held on Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Johnston Funeral Home, with Rev. Alvin Mitchell in charge. The music was furnished by the Alice Church male quartet, Jack Hughes, Dale Bockes, Lawrence Kline and O. A. Stover, accompanied by Mrs. Clark Brindle.
The pall bearers were the sons, Frank Katzer, Jr., Ernest Katzer, Robert Katzer, Raymond Katzer, Charlie Katzer and Joe Katzer. The flower bearers were granddaughters, Cora Katzer and Martha Katzer. Burial was in the Alice church cemetery by the side of her husband.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 3 November 1949, sec 2, pg 1
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