Alice A. Koester

Alice A. Koester, 96, of Sumner, died Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Sumner.  Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday February 24, 2015 at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner and for one hour preceding the service on Wednesday. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner is assisting the family.

Alice A., daughter of Henry and Caroline (Grannemann) Koch was born October 18, 1918, in Bethel Township of Fayette County, Iowa. She was baptized December 1,1918, at home by Pastor L.A. Westenberger and confirmed June 26, 1932 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye by Dr. F. Braun. She attended Bethel Township School #9 and graduated from Hawkeye High School in 1936. On June 1, 1939, she was united in marriage with Reuben Koester, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye by Pastor E.W. Kraemer. As a young girl she was very active in 4-H-local offices and county chairman. She was chairman of the County Extension Council. She worked with the Cancer Society in Fayette and Bremer counties. She was a long time member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. Alice taught Bible School, and she and Reuben both taught Sunday School while their children were in Sunday School. Alice was active with the women of the church where she served on the altar guild for twenty-five years - chairman for fifteen years. She was also a member of the school reorganization committee, volunteered at Hillcrest Home for thirty plus years and served on the resident advocate committee for twenty-five years.

She is survived by two sons, Stanley and Myron Koester, both of Sumner; four grandchildren, Dean, Tara, Angela, and Anthony; eight great-grandchildren, Tayler, Keeley, Kyler, Emma, Teeghen, Kallen, Aiden, and Claire.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; daughter Sondra Opps; granddaughter Nichole; daughter-in-law, Lois Koester; four brothers, Walter and Fred Koch, and two who died in infancy; and two sisters, Vernita Fischer and Emma Koch.


Carol Scott Feller on March 9, 2015 at 12:55 PM said:

I know that I am extremely late in posting this. I have so many great memories of going out to the farm when my parents had other places to be. I enjoyed helping with the milking and playing with the cats. After we bought our farm, I missed going to the Koesters'.

I am so thankful she could join us for Christmas in 2011. It was great to spend time with her and Daddy so enjoyed that last one.

My prayers will continue to be with the family. God bless you all. You have some very special angels watching out for you and your children and grandchildren.
Jane Milnes on February 24, 2015 at 4:20 PM said:

My sincere sympathy to all the Koester family....Alice was a very special lady......
Darwin and Jeanne Guenther on February 24, 2015 at 12:31 PM said:

Remembering her from our younger days, what a sweet, kind lady and terrific mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dianne Strickler on February 24, 2015 at 8:50 AM said:

Alice and her family hold many memories for us. As children, we used to go visit the farm and spent several New Year Days with them. She is a role model to many and will be missed.
Carol Snyder on February 24, 2015 at 4:59 AM said:

To Myron, Stan and all your families

Alice was a very special person, always a joy to visit with and she enjoyed giving her time helping others. We miss seeing her at Saturday night church. She truly lived a good life, and will find her place in heaven.
Our sincere sympathy to you all, Pat and Carol Snyder
Sandy Jaschen on February 23, 2015 at 6:58 AM said:

Dave and I would like to extend our sympathy to all the family. Alice was such a pleasant woman and will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
Dave and Sandy
Bonnie and Dick Timmerman on February 22, 2015 at 9:38 PM said:

This was nice, kind, loving lady. GOD needed her to
pass her kindness around. Peace be with all who
crossed her path.
"Bonnie" who delivered her medicine from Scott Pharmacy.
Doug and Becky Johnson on February 21, 2015 at 10:38 PM said:

Myron, Stan and families. Alice will truly be missed by many. I really enjoyed our visits and will really miss them and will miss her. She was such a wonderful women and such a joy to visit with. She was always willing to serve others and asked nothing in return. God called his angel and she went home. You have our deepest sympathy.

Doug and Becky
!Wanda Burrows on February 21, 2015 at 11:12 AM said:

To Stan, Myron and families What a wonderful lady! She was always so bright and cheerful. I loved visiting with her and so happy she lived her life still serving other people right to the end. A life certainly well lived.
Barb and Dan Fowler on February 21, 2015 at 7:31 AM said:

We are so sorry to hear of Alice's passing, but rejoice that she is now with Jesus! We loved Alice! She was a joy to so many people in this community and will be missed! May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Dean and Judy Zupke on February 20, 2015 at 10:12 AM said:

To All of the Koester family, What a dear lady Alice was, always a smile and always willing to take a minute to visit. She will be missed by so many people. Heaven just gained another angel. Thoughts and prayers to all.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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