Catherine Huinker

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 1:15 pm

Catherine Huinker, 84, Ossian, died Monday, April 27, 2015, at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Visitation was Thursday, April 30, from 4-8 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, with a Catholic Daughters of the Americas Rosary at 4 p.m. Visitation also was one hour before mass time at the church Friday. Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, May 1, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian. The Rev. Monsignor Cletus Hawes was celebrant. Burial followed in St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery, Ossian. Condolences may be left with Schmitz – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ossian assisted the family with arrangements.

Catherine was born April 5, 1931, to Clem and Elizabeth (Broghammer) Zweibahmer in. She attended St. Aloysius grade school and South Winneshiek High School, both in Calmar. Catherine was united in marriage with Donald Huinker of Festina Nov. 17, 1953, at St. Aloysius in Calmar. Together they raised eight children on the family farm south of Ossian. Catherine was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 266 of Calmar, St. Francis de Sales Parish Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Catherine’s passions and past-times were updating the family tree on both sides of the family. She enjoyed learning some new methods in sewing and handy work, such as embroidery, knitting and crocheting. Like most farm wives, she became an expert mender of overalls. Her family was number one with her, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Catherine is survived by her husband, Donald; eight children: Nancy (Kevin) Timp of Calmar, Janice Huff (Larry Peterson) of Cresco, Donna (Frank) Ryant of Cresco, Bonita (Don) Oliver of Ossian, Raymond (Mary) Huinker of Ossian, Roger (Cathy) Huinker of Ossian, Teresa Nelson of Calmar and Randy (Tina) Huinker of Ossian; a brother, Elias Zweibahmer of Cresco; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law: Geneva (Clarence) Kuennen, Arlene Huinker and Bernice Huinker; and many nieces and nephews.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; Clem and Elizabeth Zweibahmer; a brother, Cyril Zweibahmer; and three sisters: Iona Kubesh, Dorothy Ludwig and Ruth Zweibahmer in infancy.

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