BARRY, Ill. -- Katherine Louise (McCarl) Klassing, 93, of Barry, died at 8:28 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 19, 2014) in Blessing Hospital, Quincy.
She was born Feb. 19, 1921, the only child of Fred and Bessie Lock McCarl. She married Dale A. Klassing on Aug. 19, 1948, in Canton, Mo. He died Jan. 6, 2009.
As a young child, Katherine enjoyed visiting her grandparents, Sarah Katherine Loscher McCarl, and Orson and Louise Thompson Lock, in the Barry area.
She attended Pin Oak School, a rural one-room school a mile and a half from the McCarl home. Katherine walked to school daily unless the weather was bad, and then her parents would drive her to school either in the family car, or if the dirt roads were too muddy, in a buggy drawn by a team of her father's favorite horses. She then attended Barry High School, staying with her Grandmother McCarl through the school week.
High school was very rewarding for Katherine. She was a member of the Barry High School typing team and on the honor roll all four years, being awarded the Honor B pin upon her graduation in 1939. She also received the Activity Award as she excelled in vocal music. During her senior year, she received a superior rating as a mezzo-soprano soloist in the state vocal contest in Champaign and an excellent rating in the national contest in Anderson, Ind.
After receiving two scholarship offers, Katherine chose to attend Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., where she was an honor roll student. She graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb in 1953 with a bachelor of science degree. She later did graduate study at Western Illinois University and the University of Illinois
Mrs. Klassing began her teaching career in a rural one-room school, Crabapple School in Pike County, teaching 27 students in all eight grades for three years. She later taught in Barry and Plainville, and retired from Payson-Seymour Elementary School in 1976 after a 35-year teaching career.
After retirement, Katherine and her husband operated the McCarl family farm, which was purchased at the end of the Civil War in 1865 by Katherine's great-grandfather, Alexander McCarl. Today this farm is recognized by the state of Illinois as a Centennial Family Farm, being in the family for the last 149 years.
Katherine was a longtime member of Plainville United Methodist Church, where she served on various committees, and sang for many weddings, funerals and special occasions. She was also a member of the Adams County Retired Teachers and Illinois Retired Teachers Association, and a 60-year member of the Pike County No. 20 Order of Eastern Star.
An avid reader, Katherine also enjoyed embroidery, driving her car, and spending time with her pet cats or dogs.
Survivors include several cousins, Delia Moore, Mary Ellen Ala (Tom) and Christine Morrow (Steve), all of Barry, Dwight Ala (Jan) of Winchester, Jean Kay of Payson, Virginia Jones of Ottumwa, Iowa, Larry Jones (Connie) and Linda Russell of Bloomfield, Iowa, and Bev Clemensen (Chris) of Denver.
In addition to her husband, Dale, Katherine was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in Plainville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Lois Sorrill conducting. Entombment will be in Kingston Cemetery Mausoleum in Kingston.
VISITATION: From 9 a.m. until services Friday in the church.
MEMORIALS: Plainville United Methodist Church, Kingston Cemetery Association or to the
ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, Quincy.
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