John W. Fay


            John W. Fay, son of Albert and Louise Whetley Fay, was born February 25, 1926, in Saskatchewan, Canada. He attended country school in the Sumner, Iowa area and graduated from Sumner High school in 1945.

            On October 18, 1949, he was united in marriage with Edna Franzen at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas. John was a lifelong farmer and also operated a welding shop on his farm where he invented and fabricated various items of metal. Among his favorite pastimes, he enjoyed fishing, playing snooker, and mushroom hunting.

            Following a brief illness, John’s death occurred on Thursday, February 2, 2012, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. He was eighty-five years old and had been a longtime member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church (Pinhook) of rural Sumner.

            He is survived by his former wife, Edna of Sumner; nine children, Joanne (Bob) Huss of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Frank Fay of Macomb, Illinois, Christine (Ed) Tibesar of Cedar Rapids, James (Barbara) Fay of Waverly, John (Joyce) Fay of Waverly, Diane Fay of Des Moines, Barbara (Jay) Hageman of Decorah, David Fay of Fredericksburg, and Michael Fay of Waverly; twenty-four grandchildren, thirty-four great grandchildren, and one great great grandson.

            John was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Sue Fay; his parents; and siblings.  

            Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 9, 2012, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Sumner with Rev. Dale Rausch officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Pinhook), rural Sumner. Friends may call from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner where there will be a Rosary recited at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Friends may also call for one hour preceding Mass at the church on Thursday.  Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial fund to be determined later.


Patty Winter Wenthe on March 30, 2012 at 5:17 AM said:

My sympathies to all of you kids...
John and Joyce - it was so good to see you in Dyeersville a few months ago.
I remember as kids going to Pinhook church on Sunday mornings - my sis and I were confirmed there. Your family always sat up front - it took a whole row - and one Sunday your Dad took one of you boys out, carrying them like a football. :). Also, do you all remember this really old lady that always sat behind you guys - her name was Ada McConkey ? She was a real character and she is buried there also.
My Dad really enjoyed the fishing trips to Canada with your Dad - I'm sure many a cigar was smoked up there together.
Take care all of you and God speed.
Mike &Linda (Herrmann) McDaniel on February 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM said:

To all of John Fay's children: We share comfort in knowing your dad is no longer suffering. We'd like to also send our thoughts of sympathy and support to you as you begin your journey without him. With caring thoughts.
Christine Volker-Bonilla on February 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM said:

To the Fay Family, especially my friend, Diane Fay -
My Mother told me about the loss of your father and I know how hard this can be. I have happy memories of spending time with Diane and being on the farm with you all. My thoughts are with you.
Christine Volker, Folsom, California
Brenda Whiteside on February 7, 2012 at 7:52 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you John and Joyce. May you find strength through your faith in this time of sorrow. Your friends, Brenda and Greg.
Barb Primus Shaw on February 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM said:

Another of the "Pinhook" family gone home. My sympathy for your loss.
Edna & John Brunkhorst on February 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM said:

We are sorry to read about your loss and you all have our condolences.
Diane (Meyer) Dockendorf on February 5, 2012 at 10:16 AM said:

Fay Family, You have my sympathy at the loss of your father. It is never easy to lose a parent at any age. Hold on to your memories and they will help you through this sad and tough time.
Dean & Joyce Craun / Arizona on February 4, 2012 at 12:47 PM said:

To the Fay family, we are sorry for the loss of your dad and our thoughts and prayers are with you, we always enjoyed you as neighbors and friends.
Maureen and David Baier on February 4, 2012 at 8:32 AM said:

It is never easy to lose a parent. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Glenda Reaves on February 3, 2012 at 10:09 AM said:

Fay Family ~

So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.

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