1927-2013



Rita Vonnahme, 86, of rural Arcadia, died Wednesday evening July 31, 2013, at her residence surrounded by her family following a brief illness.

Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at St. John Catholic Church in Arcadia. Celebrant will be Father Gary Snyder. Music will be by Darlene Leiting and the St. John choir. Mass servers will be Jason Berg and Colin Johnson. Lector will be Ron Eich. Gift bearers will be Rita's grandchildren Tasha Bothun, Dr. Kate Pedersen, Jessica McAvoy, Dr. Rob Pedersen, Erica Vonnahme, Kayleigh Midyette, Alyssa Guthrie and Corinna DeLost. Eucharistic ministers will be Audrey Siepker and Deb Pedersen. Casket bearers will be Bob Pedersen, Ernie DeLost, John Guthrie, Dr. Rob Pedersen, Scott Bothun and Travis Wilson. St. John Ladies Guild and Arcadia American Legion will form an honor guard for the Mass. Burial will be at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery in Mount Carmel.

Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Friday at St. John Catholic Church in Arcadia where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake service by St. John Parish at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be left at the church for St. John Parish or the Kuemper Catholic School Foundation.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Rita's family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Mrs. Vonnahme was born May 29, 1927, at Roselle, a daughter of Henry and Mayme (Heithoff) Behrens. She spent her younger years in the Roselle area and attended Holy Angels School. On Sept. 6, 1949, she married Erwin C. Vonnahme at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Roselle. As a couple, they farmed at Arcadia. She was a member of St. John Parish, the Parish Ladies Guild and the Arcadia Auxiliary. Mrs. Vonnahme enjoyed and dearly loved her family, and also enjoyed baking, playing cards, embroidery, quilting, gardening, and having coffee with friends and relatives.

She is survived by her children, Dr. Robert Vonnahme and his wife Janice of Manning, Deborah Pedersen and her husband Robert of Dunlap, Ill., John Vonnahme and his wife Kathy of Adel, Jane Guthrie and her husband John of San Ramon, Calif., and Connie DeLost and her husband Ernie of San Diego, Calif.; her daughter-in-law Judy Vonnahme of Des Moines; eight grandchildren: Natasha (Scott) Bothun, Dr. Katrina (Travis Wilson) Pedersen, Jessica (Ryan) McAvoy, Dr. Robert D. Pedersen, Erica Vonnahme, Kayleigh (Christopher) Midyette, Alyssa Guthrie and Corinna DeLost; four great-grandchildren; a sister Florine Eich of Carroll; brothers Donald Behrens and his wife Arlene of Carroll, and James Behrens and his wife Margaret of Carroll; and sisters-in-law, Virgene Behrens of Carroll, Delores Vonnahme of Carroll and Celie Vonnahme of Auburn; as well as many extended relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin; her youngest son, Daniel Vonnahme; her parents; father- and mother-in-law Henry and Sophie Vonnahme; brothers: Robert, Virgil and Harry Behrens; sister Marie Siepker; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Behrens, Louise Behrens, Bertha Vonnahme, Margaret Wieland, Gertrude Wieland, Rita Nepple, Teresa Kasparbauer and Caroline Vonnahme; and brothers-in-law Ed Siepker, Harold Eich, Fred Vonnahme, Carl Vonnahme, Ferdinand Vonnahme, Raymond Vonnahme, Clarence Vonnahme, Al Nepple, Art Wieland, Norbert Wieland and Paul Kasparbauer.