BOW VALLEY - Kathryn T. Kathol, 92, Bow Valley, died Jan. 20, 2021, at Park View Haven Nursing Home, Coleridge.
Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 26 at Holy Family (Sts. Peter and Paul) Catholic Church, Bow Valley, with the Rev. An Duy Phan officiating.
Burial was at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Bow Valley. Visitation and a Vigil service were Monday, at church, and continued Tuesday, at church, one hour prior to services. Face masks and social distancing were required for the visitation and funeral. Services were also live streamed at www. facebook.com/WintzRay/live.
Pallbearers were her sons Martin, Jerome, Chris, Kevin, Colin, Kim and Scott Kathol. Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Kathryn Theresa was born June 19, 1928, in Menominee, to Balthazar and Bernadine (Schroeder) Schmitt. She grew up in the Menominee area and attended elementary school through the eighth grade. She then attended two years at Mount Marty High School, Yankton, S.D. Kathryn worked in almost all the neighboring communities, taking care of families who had newborn babies, housekeeping, etc. In all, she took care of 23 newborn babies and worked for over a year for a family who had lost their mother. Kathryn married Harold August Kathol May 9, 1950, in Menominee. They had nine children, Debra, Martin, Jerome, Chris, Nancy, Kevin, Colin, Kim, and Scott. After raising their children, Kathryn worked for Gurney Seed and Nursery, Yankton. She also worked as the housekeeper for Monsignor Cyril Werner, Rev. Frank Dvorak, Rev. William Sanderson, and Rev. John Pietramale.
Kathryn belonged to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and the Rosary Card Club. She loved playing the piano, playing cards, gardening, and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Kathryn is survived by her nine children, Debra Grube, Hartington; Martin (Nancy Carlson), Plattsmouth; Jerome Kathol, Chadron; Chris (Cathy) Kathol, Hartington; Nancy Smith, Omaha; Kevin (Shelly Anderson) Kathol, Yankton, S.D.; Colin (Monica) Kathol, Hartington; Kim (Michelle) Kathol, Redmond, Ore.; Scott (Andrea) Kathol, Lincoln; 24 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; two sisters, Colletta (Clarence) Stratman, Springfield, S.D., and Mary Pike, Laverne, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Marceline Schmitt, South Yankton, and Lillian Kathol, Hartington.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold, who died Jan. 25, 1988, at the age of 66; brothers, Julius (Delores) Schmitt, Ralph Schmitt, Emery Schmitt; sisters, Marcella (Andrew) Kathol, Nellie (Earl) Schulte; infant sister, Agnes; brother-in-law, Duane Pike; and sons-in-law, Tom Grube and Mike Smith.