Cleone Josephine Demuth (1925 - 2011)

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JESUP - Cleone Josephine Demuth, 86, of Jesup, died Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Veterans Memorial Hospital, Waukon, of natural causes.
She was born July 6, 1925, at Waterloo, the daughter of Leonard Reiter and Pearl (Schmitz) Reiter. She graduated from Jesup High School with the class of 1943. On Sept. 29, 1945, she was united in marriage to Paul Franklin Demuth at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waterloo.
The couple made their home in the Jesup area where they farmed and raised 12 children. Cleone was a lifelong volunteer giving her time to St. Athanasius School as a reading mentor, to St. Athanasius Church as a member of the liturgy committee, long time member and former president of the Altar and Rosary Society, a member of the bereavement committee and as a member of the funeral choir until her health prevented her from participation in these activities.
In former years she was a member of the Jesup ambulance crew, a 4-H leader, a Red Cross Nine-Gallon Club blood donor, and a member of the Buchanan County Extension Leadership Council, as well as a counselor for the Right to Life organization in the Dubuque Archdiocese.
She enjoyed traveling with her husband and spending time at their summer home in Waterville, Minn. and winter home in McAllen, Texas. She enjoyed reading, playing cards and crocheting. She made many afghans for donation to bazaars and fund raisers.
She crocheted an afghan for each of her children and grandchildren as treasured high school graduation gifts. She enjoyed visits with friends and neighbors but most of all enjoyed drop-in visits from her children and grandchildren.
She looked forward to family celebrations. Cleone will be remembered for her quiet presence, her gracious and generous spirit and her love for her family.
She is survived by her children, James (Meriel) of Clarion, Barb Sharp of Barre, Vt., Marilyn (Lynn) Schulte of Prole, Anthony (Debbie) of St. Joseph, Mo., Ruth of Tiffin, Teresa (Michael) Myers of Waukon, Rose (Edward) Irlbeck of Dedham, Fritz (Marge) of Jesup, Ron (Sylvia) of Encinitas, Calif., David of Waukon, Sue Tarasi of Ankeny and Pat (Randy) Glassell of Fontanelle. She is also survived by 35 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren, her sister Clarice Keegan of Independence and her brother Cletus Reiter of Sacramento, Calif.
Cleone was preceded in death by her husband Paul (Bud) in 1998, a grandson Lucas Demuth, her sisters Clementine Zuck and Catherine Brennan, and a son-in-law Frank Tarasi.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Oct. 24, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup. Burial was in the church cemetery. White Funeral Home, Jesup, was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials will be directed to St. Athanasius Church in Jesup, the Good Samaritan Center, Waukon, and other charities.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Oct. 25 to Oct. 31, 2011