Catherine C. Willwerth
JESUP – Catherine C. Willwerth, 89 years old and formerly of Jesup and Fairbank, Iowa, died Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Prairie Hills Assisted Living, Independence, IA.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 27, 2018, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, IA, with Rev. Paul C. Baldwin as celebrant. Music was by Monica Bengston, organist and the St. Athanasius Choir. Inurnment followed at the church cemetery. Visitation was from 3-7 p.m., Thursday at the White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA, where there was a parish rosary at 4 p.m. and vigil service at 7 p.m., Thursday. Visitation continued for an hour before services at the church on Friday. Memorials will be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice and Prairie Hills Assisted Living. Online condolences may be posted at www.White-MtHope.com

Catherine was born October 2, 1928, at Tama, Iowa, the daughter of Anton Damisch and Marie (Riepl) Damisch. She graduated from Tama High School and then attended business school for one year. On March 1, 1949, she was united in marriage to Donald Eugene Willwerth at St. Patrick’s Church, Tama, IA. They moved to a farm south of Fairbank in 1958 and then to town in Jesup in 1992. Catherine was a member of St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup.

She is survived by five daughters, Rebecca (James F.) Hogan of Monticello, Donna (Earl) Michell of Manchester, Evelyn Willwerth of Waterloo, Helen (Jay) Proffitt of Solon, Patty (Ken) Collins of Center Point; two sons Andy (Cris) Willwerth of Fairbank and Tom (Deb) Willwerth of Sabula; also 17 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren, plus one on the way.
Her parents; husband (Donald); one granddaughter (Angela Hogan); three brothers, Anton ‘Tony” Damisch, Jr., Charles “Chuck” Damisch, Sr., and Francis Rudolph Damisch (in infancy); and three sisters, Joan Marshal Sadler, Ann Wehmeyer and Mary McGowan, preceded her in death.

White Funeral Home, Jesup, Iowa was in charge of the arrangements.
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