Margaret Kauten

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Independence - Margaret J. Kauten, 87, of Independence, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at West Village Care Center following a long illness. She was born Feb. 16, 1923, in Decorah, the daughter of Walter and Marie Margaret (Lang) VanBrocklin. She attended school in Waukon. Kauten was a psychiatric aide at the Mental Health Institute in Independence for 20 years before retiring in 1985. Kauten is survived by three daughters: Jessie (Bob) Peterson of Independence; Doris (Harlan Reints) Axline of Washburn, and LaVonne (Matt) Moore of Republic, Mo.; one step-son, Steve (Miriam) Kauten of Waterloo; one step-daughter, Cindy Kauten of Waterloo; one daughter-in-law, Nancy Moore of Waterloo; 10 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers: John VanBrocklin of Oelwein and Lester (Carol) VanBrocklin of Raymond; four sisters: Helen Teepe of Lynn Grove; Deloris Teepe of Fredericksburg; Pat (Larry) Brown of Guttenberg, and Donna (Gary) Brown of Independence and one sister-in-law, Germaine VanBrocklin of Enid, Okla. In addition to her three husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sons: Ralph Moore and Floyd Moore; one son-in-law, Walter J. Axline; two grandsons: Daniel Axline and Roger Peterson; one brother, Donald VanBrocklin; three sisters: Darlene Westcott, Inus Sankey and Dorothy VanBrocklin; two brothers-in-law: Leonard Teepe and Lester Teepe, and one sister-in-law, Clara VanBrocklin. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the White Funeral Home in Independence. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence. White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call for visitation from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 7th, at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at Visit our guestbook at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Apr. 6 to Apr. 9, 2010