Norma Kay (Liewer) Anthofer (1921 - 2012)

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The Mass of the Christian Burial for Norma K. Anthofer, 90, was celebrated by Father Andrew Hoffman on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at 10:30 A.M. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dedham. Interment was in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Dedham. The honorary casket bearers were Sgt. Matthew Anthofer and David Anthofer. The casket bearers were Mike Anthofer, Steve Anthofer, Russ Anthofer, Alan Anthofer, Zach Brandt, and Scott Pattee. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
Norma Kay Anthofer, the daughter of John P. and Theresia (Klingseis) Liewer, was born Oct. 9, 1921, at her parents' home near Willey, and died Sept. 15, 2012, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, at the age of 90 years, 11 months, and 6 days.
Norma was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Willey. She attended St. Mary's Parochial School then helped at home and also worked for other people.
On May 1, 1946, she was united in marriage to Rudolph (Rudy) Louis Anthofer, Sr. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Willey by Rev. H.J. Drees. Three sons Rudy Jr., Cletus, and Larry were born to this union. They lived on and operated Rudy's family farm in northeast Audubon County where they grew grain and raised livestock. In 1952 they moved to their present farm in Cameron Township, Audubon County. While living on the farm, Norma helped Rudy farm, was a homemaker, and raised chickens. She always had a large garden and enjoyed marketing her eggs and produce to her friends and neighbors. Later they retired from farming but continued to live on the farm. Rudy died on Jan. 11, 2004. Norma has continued to live on the farm where she enjoyed caring for her lawn and tending to her flowers and gardens.
Norma was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dedham, and was a member of the Ladies Guild. She was a charter member of the DeWitt Loustaunau American Legion Post No. 20, Dedham, Auxiliary. She also enjoyed making quilts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Norma was preceded in death by her husband Rudolph (Rudy) L. Anthofer, Sr.; her grandson David Anthofer; her parents; her brothers and sisters Leona and Clem Tigges, John Liewer, Laura and Al Habiger, Arnold and Berniece Liewer, Annie and Charles Weitl, Marie and Jules Venteicher, Norbert and Marie Liewer, Tony Liewer, Dorothy and Alois Irlbeck, and Frank and Helen Liewer; brother-in-law Edward Anthofer; and her sister-in-law Thelma Anthofer.
Survivors include her sons Rudy Jr. and Donna Anthofer, Cletus and Patricia Anthofer, and Larry and Lora Anthofer all of Audubon; her grandchildren Mike and Kindra Anthofer of Exira, Steve and Christie Anthofer of Carroll, Mary and Zach Brandt of Prescott,  Janet and Scott Pattee of Ankeny, Kathy Anthofer of Des Moines, Russell and Sarah Anthofer of Altoona, Alan and Shannon Anthofer of Hookstown, Penn., Teresa Anthofer and her fiancé Jeffrey Monday both of Tucson, Ariz., and Sgt. Matthew Anthofer serving in Germany; her great-grandchildren Haillie, Chloe, and Jacey Anthofer, John, Addy, and Millie Anthofer, Jake Brandt, Eleanor and Charlotte Pattee, Rachel and Luke Anthofer and Marissa and James Anthofer; her step-granddaughter Skylar Pattee; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Tony and Phyllis Anthofer of Carroll, and Rose Thielen of Granger; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Sept. 21 to Sept. 28, 2012