Odelia Cremer

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 2:14 pm

Odelia Cremer, 96, of Calmar, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 28, at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Festina, with Rev. Robert Gross. Organist was Jeanette Dietzenbach. Cantor was Ethan Adams. Hymns were “Be Not Afraid,” “We Remember,” “Hail Mary, Gentle Woman,” “Goin’ Home” and “Silent Night.” Lectors were Mae Becker and Janet Shannon. Offertory gift bearers were Kristine Patterson, Kathryn Choate and David Choate. Eucharistic ministers were Elaine Heying and Sr. Carol Hemesath OSF. Casket bearers were Larry Lechtenberg, Kenny Bodensteiner, Charles Huber, Tom Huber, Vernelle Hackman and Kay Shindelar. Interment was at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Cemetery in Festina. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, French Chapel, in Calmar.
Odelia Elizabeth Lechtenberg Cremer was born June 24, 1919, the daughter of Herman and Catherine (Uhlenhake) Lechtenberg, on the Lechtenberg family farm near Festina. Odelia attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Festina and helped on the family farm. She was united in marriage to Leander “Lenny” Cremer Feb. 5, 1940, at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Festina. Together they farmed the Cremer family farm until they retired in 1981. She enjoyed refinishing furniture, quilting, doing needlework and puzzles. Odelia enjoyed traveling and playing cards with her good friends and neighbors. She was a wonderful cook and was famous for her “Iowa Sweet Corn,” which is loved by her family. Odelia always was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye fan. Odelia was a member of Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and the Rosary Society.
Odelia is survived by her three children: Jean (Tom) Choate, Madison, Wis.; Linus (Shari) Cremer, Frisco, Texas; Charles (Margaret) Cremer, Albuquerque, N.M.; six grandchildren: Kristine (Craig) Patterson, Kathryn (Michael LaVolpe) Choate, David (Anne) Choate, Randy Cremer, Juli (Darrell) Lindsey, Jacqueline (John) Grad, along with nine great grandchildren: Nick, Samantha and Jack Patterson, Ellie and Grace Choate, Gabriel and Jacob LaVolpe, Sydney and Michael Grad; one brother-in-law, Linus Bodensteiner, Decorah; two sisters-in-law, Marie Cremer, Bellevue, Neb. and Phyllis Lechtenberg, Ossian; along with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and –nephews.
Odelia was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Catherine (Uhlenhake) Lechtenberg; her husband, Leander “Lenny” Cremer, Jan. 20, 2015; her siblings and their spouses: Edvina (Joe) Thuente, Bertha (John) Thuente, Joe (Caroline) Lechtenberg, Greg (Elizabeth) Lechtenberg, Julia (Andrew) Hemesath, Irenaeus Lechtenberg as a child, Bridget Lechtenberg, Theodore “Ted” Lechtenberg, Catherine (Art) Huber and Rita (Linus) Bodensteiner; Odelia’s father- and mother-in-law, John and Mathilda (Holthaus) Cremer; Lenny’s siblings: Alfred (Rose) Cremer, Greg (Frances) Cremer, Victor (Teresa) Cremer, Francis (Georgene) Cremer, Paul (Dorothy) Cremer, Marie (Curt) Rothmeyer, Nora (Joe) Vondersitt, Rita Cremer, as a child, and Marcella Cremer as an infant.
Memorials may be given in memory of Odelia to the Ossian Senior Hospice, 114 Fischer Street, Ossian, IA 52161 or to Winneshiek County Hospice, 907 Montgomery Street, Decorah, IA 52101.

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