Shirley Kutzbach death notice


Shirley Marguerite Kutzbach, 88, of Farmersburg, Iowa, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin after an extended illness. Shirley was born on November 14, 1925, to Ernie and Bertha (Leinau) Moon at the family farm in rural Monona, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg and remained a faithful and active member her entire life. She attended school at the Evergreen Grove Country School near their home, walking through rain and snow with her brothers, sisters and school mates. 

Shirley was united in marriage to Harland “Hap” Kutzbach on June 4, 1946, at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, Iowa. Three children were born to this union, Karen, Keith and Kathy. Together they farmed the Kutzbach homestead until their son took it over.  She worked at Thies Clothing Store, St Olaf Co-op Grocery Store, Central Community Hospital and she was the janitor for the St. John Lutheran Church for many years. Shirley and Harland were the key holders of the church for many years because they lived across the street from the church.  She was also a beloved babysitter for many children over the years.  Shirley loved gardening and was especially proud of her rose bushes.  She also enjoyed playing cards and dancing with her husband and friends. They attended all area ballrooms, but most of all, she enjoyed her six grandchildren and her 11 great- grandchildren.  Grandma always had a very well stocked cupboard of every candy that was made. She spoiled them “rotten.” 

Shirley is survived by her three children, Karen Miene, of Monona, Keith and his wife Dixie Kutzbach of Farmersburg, Kathy and her husband, Jim Wagner of Monona; six grandchildren, Tom (fiancée, Angie Waack) Miene of Wilton, Trent (Melissa) Miene, of Monona, Trace (Sherri) Miene of Monona, Stacie Kutzbach of Yorkville, IL, Dr. Beth (Dr. Daniel) Repp of Kirkland, WA, Jill (Dr. Julian) Sanchez of Champaign, IL; 11 great-grandchildren, Steph Miene, Ashley (Jason) Feldman, Autumn, Lizzie and Ben Miene, Kale and Landyn Miene, Joshua and Samuel Bauerle and Cameron and Beckett Sanchez; a great-great-grandchild coming in August, Baby Feldman; a special niece, Diana Miller and her family; two step-grandchildren, Ryan and Meghan Waack; two brothers, Dwayne (Inez) Moon and Vernice (Bev) Moon; sister-in-law, Darlene Moon and many relatives and friends. 

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, “Hap”; son-in-law, Wayne Miene; two sisters, Viola Brown and Ethel Miller; a brother, Donald Moon; sister-in-law, Lavon Kregel; mother and father-in-law, Henry and Elsie Kutzbach; a niece and goddaughter, Marlys Seitz; a niece, Teresa Brockman and a nephew and godson, John Brown.

Visitation was Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from 4-7 p.m. at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, Iowa and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, Iowa with Rev. Dr. Jennifer Edinger as the officiant. Burial followed at the Farmersburg-Wagner Cemetery in rural Farmersburg, Iowa.

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