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Katheryn Kos

A celebration of life for Katheryn E. Kos, 87 of Kalona will be held Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM at the Kalona United Methodist Church with Pastor Gerry Kahler officiating. Burial will follow at the Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 1-4 and 5-7 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. A memorial fund has been established for the Kalona United Methodist Church, The Grout Church at the Kalona Historical Village and Hospice of Washington County. Katheryn Kos died Thursday, January 17, 2013 at her home following a brief illness.

Katheryn Ella (Southwick) Kos was born September 11, 1925 in Kalona, Iowa the daughter of Leon E. And Maggie Fern (Grout) Southwick. She graduated from Seqouia High School in California. On July 25, 1945 she was united in marriage to Kenneth Kos at the Methodist Church Parsonage in Kalona, Iowa. The couple farmed and lived in the Kalona Community all their lives. Katheryn was a member of the Kalona United Methodist Church, Alpha Club of Kalona, the Kalona Historical Village, Bridge Club and the Golden Girls. She enjoyed fishing, sports, playing cards, crafts; knitting, crotcheting, needlepoint, and spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include four children and spouses, Gary (Jeanne) Kos of Washington, Iowa, Janet (James) Ferry, Allen (Shirley) Kos, and Kevin (Sue) Kos all of Kalona, 10 grandsons; Aaron Kos, Shane Kos, Jarod Ferry, Anthony Kos, Justin Ferry, Adam Kos, Aric Kos, Braden Kos, Trenton Kos, Abe Kos, 7 granddaughters; Andrea Duwa, Melissa Kos, Averi Kos, Cami Tritsch, Caitlyn Kos, Abby Kos, Greta Kos, 14 great grandchildren, one brother, Donald (Ruth) Southwick of Roswell, New Mexico, thtee sisters in law, Vicki Southwick of Sunnydale, California, Norma Southwick of Kalona, Iowa and Birdie Kos of Iowa City, Iowa

Preceding Katheryn in death were her parents, her husband Kenneth on October 15, 1992, a daughter in law, Faye Kos, five brothers, Dale, Bert, Keith, Leon and Robert Southwick and two sisters, Leora Ressler and Hazel Aleo.

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Janet and Family, I could kick myself for not getting to the reunion. But, such is life. My little puppy (then) is my best pal. And he gets me out doing a lot of the things your mother loved.As any Southwick; your mother was a good tease and loved a good tease, I can hear now, "Oh Joanie."Much love, Via con Dios, Joanie

Joan Aleo Jan 21 2013 12:00 AM

Katherine will be missed by the Ferry family. She was a special person for whom many gravitated because of her wonderful charm (and wit)!! She was a special lady - we'll miss her.We're thinking of you all, and please know you're in our thoughts and prayers.God Bless, Jack, Carole and family

The Kos family Jan 19 2013 12:00 AM

The loss of someone so dear is difficult to bear. We share your grief. Please accept our deepest sympathies.Sincerely,Tim and Kathy PattersonCedar Rapids, Ia

Kathy Patterson Jan 19 2013 12:00 AM

Sending our sympathy to you for the loss of your mother and grandmother. John and Rita Wenger

John and Rita Wenger Jan 18 2013 12:00 AM

Know that you all remain in our thoughts and prayers. The memories we share with Kathryn will live on forever. We hope all your wonderful memories will bring peace to all of you as well. God bless you for caring for and sharing your life with such a wonderful lady. Deepest sympathy.

Dean and Cassie Jan 18 2013 12:00 AM

Th all of the Kos Family - We are thinking of your family so much. The pictures Jan posted on FB recently of your family Christmas showed Kathryn at her best-giving out her envelopes. What memories each of you and your families have of the wonderful times with your Mother. We are out of town but want you to know we are thinking of you all. Ruth and Paul Hershberger

Ruth Hershberger Jan 18 2013 12:00 AM

Gary,Please know that my heartfelt prayers and sympathies are extended to your entire family at this difficult time. In Christ's Love,Fr. Troy Richmond

Fr. Troy Richmond Jan 18 2013 12:00 AM

Kos family,Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you! May the memories you have live forever in your hearts. Dave & Cathy Showalter

Showalter Jan 18 2013 12:00 AM

Gary and family, Thinking of you during this difficult time of saying 'good-bye' to a wonderful mother and grandmother.

Marietta Fowler Jan 18 2013 12:00 AM