Maria T. "Terri" Kuethe

Maria T. “Terri” Kuethe, of Sumner, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner with Rev. Daniel Knipper officiating. Interment will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 22, and for one hour preceding services time at the church on Tuesday. A Rosary will be recited at 4:45 p.m. and a Scripture Service will be held at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home on Monday. Memorials may be made to the family to be designated to a charity of their choice at a later date. 

Maria “Terri” daughter of Faustino and Celia (Gonzalez) Miranda was born April 16, 1935, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. She received her education in the local schools and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Puerto Rico. Terri attended the University of Iowa in 1959 and while doing so, met her future husband, Ron Kuethe. On December 30, 1960, she was united in marriage with Ron Kuethe at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sãbana Seca, Puerto Rico. To this union three children were born, Ronnie, Cindy, and Michelle. The couple lived in the Sumner area for many years. She received her Master’s Degree in Education in 1970 from the University of Northern Iowa. Terri’s teaching career began in Puerto Rico in 1955 and spanned  forty-two years. Initially an English instructor, she went on to teach Spanish in Fayette, West Union, Tripoli, Sumner, and Upper Iowa University before retiring in 1997. She was a long time member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner, a sister with the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and the Latin-American Club in Waterloo. Terri enjoyed macramé, crocheting, painting, flower arranging, traveling, cooking, entertaining friends, shopping, and loved to dance. She was an exceptional seamstress, most notably designing and creating couture bridal gowns.

In addition to her husband, Ron of Sumner, Terri is survived by her three children, Ronnie (Colleen) Kuethe of Urbandale, Cindy Kuethe-Bradley of Phoenix, Arizona, and Michelle Carter of St. Paul, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Aaron and Kayla Kuethe, and Yesenia and Dominique Bradley; two sisters, Antonia Patiño of Orlando, Florida, and Carmelina Miranda of New York City, New York; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Faustino Miranda; and three sisters, Edith Ortíz, Faustina Rivera, and Alicia Miranda.


Nena Winter on May 23, 2017 at 5:31 AM said:

Michelle and family,
My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. Hugs and prayers to you during this difficult time.
Aimee Lee on May 22, 2017 at 6:37 PM said:

Michelle, we are all holding you and your family close in our hearts. We pray for your strength and for God's peace to comfort you during this difficult time.
With love, Lisa, Kathy, Kimberly and Aimee
Jane Milnes on May 21, 2017 at 7:24 AM said:

Ron, my deepest sympathy to you and your family.....Teri holds a special place in my heart....what a talented, lovely lady. Years ago she made bridesmaid dresses for my daughter, Barb....May God give you comfort and peace.....
Marvene Lobato on May 19, 2017 at 6:33 PM said:

"She held each of your hands for just a little while, but will be in your hearts forever." -Author Unknown
Larry and Anita Ewart on May 19, 2017 at 5:47 AM said:

Ron and Colleen, our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May fond memories help comfort you now and in the days ahead.
Keith & Sally Schneider on May 19, 2017 at 5:18 AM said:

Ron and family.
Are thoughts are with you in the loss of Terri.
Art Milnes on May 18, 2017 at 9:11 PM said:

Mrs. Kuethe was a tremendously special person and someone I will always remember. I'll never forget how she made me a gold coat for the Variety Show completely out of kindness and as a gift. My deepest sympathies to her family.
Jeanie Northland on May 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM said:

I was a teachers' aide at Fayette school 1969-70 school year. Mrs. Kuethe was one of my favorite teachers to interact with. she was funny, seemed to love what she did, and was very kind. she even gave a little perfume for christmas. as i remember, that is when she was pregnant and gave birth to michelle. my condolences to the family.
David Hirsch on May 18, 2017 at 7:14 PM said:

Praying for you Michelle, and family. Very sorry for your loss.
-David (bandmate)
Duane a,d Verla Buenzow on May 18, 2017 at 4:36 PM said:

Ron, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers
Eric Hohn on May 18, 2017 at 3:36 PM said:

Thinking of you Michelle and Family
Gretchen (Gitch) Warkentin on May 18, 2017 at 10:46 AM said:

Thinking of all during this time. May you find peace and comfort in the support of your family and friends.
Leah Minnella on May 17, 2017 at 7:43 PM said:

So sorry for your loss she was a great lady prays are with your family ????
Juliana Reisner on May 17, 2017 at 5:55 PM said:

I loved Senora Kuethe! Terri was such a beautiful spirit. I LOVED teaching with her and sharing a classroom my first year at Sumner. I will always remember stories of Poocho, lunches at her place on PD days, and her infectious smile and twinkle in her eyes!
Marcy Meyer on May 17, 2017 at 5:04 PM said:

Our deepest sympathies to all of you. May God's grace and healing shine down on you and comfort you during this difficult time.
Dawn Landon on May 17, 2017 at 4:58 PM said:

I will always remember her witty nature and she used to give me some of her beautiful shoes while I was in high school in her class. Many sympathies.
Dawn Landon on May 17, 2017 at 4:58 PM said:

I will always remember her witty nature and she used to give me some of her beautiful shoes while I was in high school in her class. Many sympathies.
Beth Diers on May 17, 2017 at 8:53 AM said:

You have my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy.
Amy Hartness on May 17, 2017 at 7:56 AM said:

What a beautiful loving talented woman. I loved our talks together while cutting her hair. She would bring me some of the best food and those beautiful blue eyes could melt your heart. Rest in peace Mrs. Kuethe. Prayers to Ron and the family.
Mike and Linda McDaniel on May 17, 2017 at 7:48 AM said:

Ron and family, We were so sorry to hear about Terri's passing. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.
Angie Looney (Williams) on May 17, 2017 at 4:07 AM said:

Mes. Kuethe was one of a kind of lady. She taught me so many things, more than you could have learned in a book. She was a true inspiration. She sihowed us young ladies to be passionate about whatever our causes or inspirations. She was loving and kind. She was a beautiful role model for so many of us. She made my lovely prom dress for me after I brought her a picture out of a magazine. It was the most beautiful gown I've ever worn. Creative and passionate she had those gifts. She loved her family and she loved herself and life. What a treasure. God's gift to the world. As long as I live she will continue to be my inspiration to be passionate and creative.
Elaine Reicks on May 16, 2017 at 6:59 PM said:

Remembering so many wonderful times together with my good good friend. Terri loved to shop and I was a very willing companion. She loved to entertain and was a marvelous cook. She and Ron hosted many parties in their home after ball games when Fayette played Sumner. We had a great time traveling together, Mexico, a six week trip to Europe, and London. So many fun times together, I will miss you, my good friend. May you Rest In Peace! Bonjour, Terri!

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