Kathleen Marlow, age 96, died Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Accura Healthcare in Cresco, IA.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018, at Notre Dame Parish in Cresco with Father Daniel Knipper officiating. Burial will be held in Burr Oak Cemetery Burr Oak, IA. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home Cresco, rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. with parish wake service held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m. before the service at the church on Monday.
Kathleen Elizabeth Marlow was born May 11, 1922 on the farm in rural Decorah, Iowa, the oldest daughter of Arthur and Katherine (Casey) Sharp. At the age of 8, her family moved to a farm near Bluffton. She attended country school and graduated from Decorah High School with the class of 1940.
After graduation she spent a couple years working in Kansas City. When she returned to Iowa she taught country school for many years – grades 1 through 8 in the old one-room school houses of Winneshiek County.
On July 16, 1946, she was united in marriage to Walter Marlow. She then stayed at home and raised their nine children. She and Walter farmed north of Decorah for several years and moved to a farm west of Burr Oak in 1958. Kathy enjoyed being a mom and homemaker. She loved cooking, baking, gardening, canning and sewing. During this time, in addition to raising their family, Kathy and Walter had the good fortune of many great relationships with friends and neighbors. Most notably Dean and Marilynn Leonhart and Leo and Dode McConnell and their families.
In 1969, the family remaining at home moved to Burr Oak. In later years she worked in the housekeeping department at Aase Haugen home where she enjoyed a social life and meeting new people. Kathy was someone who always kept up with the news – local, national and around the world. For several years she volunteered at the voting polls in Burr Oak Township. She retired and moved to Cresco in 1995.
Kathy will be remembered by her friends as a quick-witted person with a great sense of humor. A strong-willed person, small in stature but strong in faith and getting her point across. Her children will say that you never had to wonder where you stood with her because she was not shy about letting you know right up front.
Kathy is survived by eight children: Chuck (Dolores) Marlow, Cresco; Wayne (Karen) Marlow, Cresco; Wanda Stanton, Apple Valley, MN; Fred (Patty) Marlow, Decorah; Walt Jr (Faye) Marlow, Decorah; Mary (Scott) Logsdon, Decorah; Jeff (Dawn) Marlow, Decorah and Amy (Brad) McConnell, Cresco. One son-in-law, John Schatz, Cresco. Eighteen grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Sister-in-law Nancy (Gene) Sea, North Port, FL. And good friends, Naomi Gossman and Shirley Weber, Cresco.
She is preceded in death by her parents; a son, Christopher, in infancy; her husband on August 3, 1977; her grandson, Tyler Marlow, on February 25, 2006; her daughter, Dianne Schatz, on December 18, 2008. Sisters Ruth (Luther) Thompson and Dorothy (Gene) Huinker. Brothers and sisters-in-law Roger (Elenor) Marlow; Lester (Effie) Marlow; Curtis (Ellie) Marlow; Grace (Don) Hansen.