Obituary – Leona Kathol

Screenshot 2016-07-19 14.48.38HARTINGTON — Leona H. Kathol, 99, Hartington, died July 11, 2016, at Park View Haven Nursing Home, Coleridge.
Visitation and Vigil service were Friday at the church, and continued Saturday prior to services.
Mass of Christian Burial was July 16 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with the Rev. Jim Keiter officiating.
Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington.
Pallbearers were Jim Gartner, Kevin Kathol, Scott Hausman, Dennis Kruse, Randy Thoene, Jeff Sandlian, Broderick Steffen and Jacob Winters
Leona Hilda Kathol was born Aug. 1, 1916, in Fordyce, to Henry and Alberta (Baatz) Rupiper. She grew up on a farm in the Fordyce area and attended grade school at District #108. She lived on the farm until her marriage to Hugo Hubert Kathol Sept. 7, 1937, in Fordyce. Leona and Hugo lived and farmed east of Hartington until moving into Hartington in 1978. Their home was just north of the Rectory. Leona entered the Embers Assisted Living facility, Coleridge, in December 2000, and continued to receive nursing home care from that time until her death.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters of America and a member of Perpetual Adoration. She was also a member of a neighborhood Rosary group and neighborhood card club.
She enjoyed playing the piano, gardening, canning, reading and cleaning. She was an excellent seamstress, great cook, and a beloved mother and grandmother.
Leona is survived by seven daughters and their spouses, Geri and Ron Gartner, Omaha; Charleen and Clair Hausman, Omaha; Donna and John Kruse, O’Neill; Arlyce and Jerome Thoene, Fordyce; Carol and Wayne Brown, Alliance; Joan Steffen, Hartington; and Janel and Curt Winters, Sioux Falls, S.D; one son, Ken, and wife, Linda Kathol, Sioux City, Iowa.; 37 grandchildren; 84 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Leona was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Alberta Rupiper; husband, Hugo, June 7, 1988, at the age of 73; brother, Clarence Rupiper; four sisters, Rose Heimes, Alfrida Juergens, Viola Becker, Hilaria Kollars; sons-in-law, Dick Steffen and Steve Bentson; and great-grandson, Joshua Martin.