Margaret M. Kuethe

Margaret M. Kuethe, of Sumner, died Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner, one day short of her 99th birthday.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner with Rev. James Brokman officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Pinhook), rural Sumner. Visitation will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday and for one hour preceding services time at the church on Monday. A Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. and a Scripture Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the church on Sunday. Memorials may be made to the family to be designated to a charity of their choice at a later date. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner is assisting the family. 

Margaret Mary Kuethe was born in Waverly, Iowa, the daughter of Anna (Kreger) and Emil Matthias. She was baptized and confirmed in St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Waverly. Margaret grew to womanhood in rural Denver, where she graduated from high school. In 1935, she was united in marriage to Raymond F. Kuethe, a bond that they honored until Ray’s death in 2012. At that time, they were the longest married couple in Iowa.

Margaret and Ray begot six children, Ronald (Terri) Kuethe of Sumner, Allan (Lourdes) Kuethe of Frisco, Texas, Kathy Baruth of Stewartville, Minnesota, Jan (Steve) Mullenix of Parker, Colorado, Michael (Lynn) Kuethe of Fredericksburg, Debra (Charlie) Weber of Cedar Rapids; twenty-four grandchildren; and twenty-five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anna and Emil, her husband Raymond, and by her son-in-law, Carroll Baruth.

Early in their marriage, Margaret and Ray moved to a farm at Pinhook (midway between Sumner, Tripoli, Frederika, and Fredericksburg). Over the years, their farming interest evolved into a turkey business that flourished until they retired. They continued living in their farm home until death took Ray. Thereafter, Margaret eventually lived with her son, Michael, and his spouse, Lynn, before finally moving into the Hillcrest Home at Sumner. Margaret was above all an accomplished, devoted homemaker and mother. She was a prominent member of the Pinhook community, a leader in the support organizations of St. Bridget’s parish, including the Altar and Rosary Society, and she enjoyed encouraging her children’s work in 4-H. She took pride supporting Ray as their farming enterprise grew. Throughout the years, she was well-known for the magnificent meals that she provided the work crews that visited the farm, whether they be threshers in an earlier time or the turkey loaders of later years. Above all, her family will remember her as a devoted wife and loving mother/grandmother.

The family would like to thank the Hillcrest Home in Sumner and Palmer Hospice for their loving care they provided for Margaret.

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Barbara Primus Shaw on March 29, 2016 at 2:45 PM said:

She was an important part of the "Pinhook" church family as I was growing up. My sympathies to her family.
Deb Schnadt on March 29, 2016 at 12:29 PM said:

Mike and family, Your mom had a life well lived. She was a treasure to visit with and was so very wise. I always enjoyed visiting with her when I owned The Red Geranium and in most recent months at Hillcrest. She loved all of you very much. How sweet for her to be able to spend her heavenly birthday with Ray, the love of her life. Your family has our prayers.
Mike and Nancy Petersen on March 27, 2016 at 9:29 PM said:

Margaret was a such a lovely lady-always so gracious. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kuethe family.
Robert and Donna Andrusyk on March 27, 2016 at 7:30 PM said:

To the Family of Margaret-
May you find peace remembering the good times and the joy of having your mother be a part of your lives for so many years.
Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Bob Kroblin on March 27, 2016 at 4:52 PM said:

Dear Aunt Margaret, Rest in Peace. You will always be a loving, caring, and thoughtful lady. I join my mother and your sister, Mildred, brother Tom, sisters Linda and Pat in offering our condolences and positive energy to our cousins and your family.
Fred and Carol Kruse on March 27, 2016 at 1:55 PM said:

We are thinking of you during this sad time . May your beautiful memories of Margaret give you peace and comfort . Sending our deepest sympathy.
Roberta Buhr on March 26, 2016 at 7:49 AM said:

TO: The Family of Margaret Kuethe (Gracious Lady)..My Parents had fond Memories of your Parents as Special Neighbors! MEMORIES ARE THE LEGACY OF LOVE!

Roberta & Bill Buhr
Jean Rochford Hoffman on March 26, 2016 at 6:05 AM said:

My condolences to Margaret's family. I have many treasured memories of our Pinhook family.
Patricia Beman on March 25, 2016 at 4:19 PM said:

What a fine lady has left us to join her husband. May she rest in peace
Texas Tech University Department of History on March 25, 2016 at 12:15 PM said:

What a beautiful lady - may she rest in peace. Our condolences to the family. Dr. Kuethe, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

Your friends and colleagues in the department.

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