Catherine Kalkhoff, 80, of Manning, Iowa, passed away surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning following a brief illness.
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, March 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning. The Rev. Paul Nguyen was the celebrant. Eucharistic ministers were Chris and Diane Dopheide. Lectors were Sarah Smith and Chrissy Aldridge. Gift bearers were Robin Lawler, Michelle Vonnahme, Amber Schechinger, Jaime Fajingbesi and Summer Heath. Music was by the Sacred Heart Choir and organist Anne Muhlbauer. Casket bearers were Kathy’s grandsons Jeff Oliver, Jacob Kalkhoff, Jordan Kalkhoff, Nate Fara, Nick Fara, Cody Kalkhoff, Josh Kalkhoff, Brandon Kalkhoff and Matt Vonnahme. Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manning.
Ohde Funeral Home in Manning was in charge of arrangements.
Catherine, daughter of Edward and Catherine (Kirsch) Daniel, was born March 8, 1939, at Dedham, Iowa. She grew up in the Dedham and Roselle area, where she attended school and helped neighboring families with child care. Kathy was also employed at the Burke Inn in Carroll as a waitress.
On June 28, 1958, Catherine married Edwin Gerhardt Kalkhoff at the Holy Angels Church in Roselle. Five children were born to this union. Kathy and Eddie lived in Templeton until 1959 when they moved to the family farm south of Templeton. Kathy worked side by side with Eddie on the farm and was also a wonderful stay-at-home mom. After retiring, they moved into Manning in 2010. Eddie passed away on April 9, 2018.
Eddie and Kathy were members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Templeton and then in Manning. She was a member of the Catholic Guild in Templeton and the Manning Altar Society. She was also a member of the Manning Hospital Auxiliary. She volunteered at the hospital snack bar where her grandchildren enjoyed helping her “work.” Kathy always had a big vegetable garden and a green thumb when it came to her beautiful flowers. She enjoyed every moment spent with her family. From the huge Christmas gatherings, the piñata at Easter, and just the general one-on-one of their visits. Kathy and Eddie enjoyed spending their spare time together golfing, bowling and going to the casino. Kathy’s children remember her as always being there for them in every aspect of their lives.
Kathy is survived by her children: Barb (Jim) Niehaus of Arcadia; Joe (Jackie) Kalkhoff of Manning; Laura (Alan) Fara of Manning; Dan (Margaret) Kalkhoff of Ansley, Nebraska; and Pat Vonnahme of Templeton; 16 grandchildren: Sarah (Jeremy) Smith, Robin (Rick) Lawler, Jeffrey (Teren) Oliver, Jaime (Kayode) Fajingbesi, Jacob (Trista) Kalkhoff, Jordan Kalkhoff, Christin (Casey) Aldridge, Nate (Keely) Fara, Nick (Courtney) Fara, Summer (Steve) Heath, Cody (Melissa) Kalkhoff, Josh (Paige) Kalkhoff, Brandon Kalkhoff, Michelle Vonnahme, Amber (Jake) Schechinger, and Matt (Ashley)Vonnahme; 32 great-grandchildren with one more to arrive this summer; sisters: Arlene (Robert) Wittrock of Mount Carmel and Ann (Robert) Lenz of Carroll; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin Kalkhoff; her parents, a brother Andrew (Elvera) Daniel; a brother-in-law John Eich; a sister-in-law Betty (Earl) Kerkhoff; and a grandson-in-law Ben Obrecht.