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.