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Kathryn Vargason
August 3, 1934 - August 17, 2018

Kathryn J. Vargason, 84, of Oelwein passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Maple Crest Memory Care in Fayette. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 4 to 7 pm and one hour before services on Wednesday at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 10:30 am at the funeral home with Rev. James Bauer officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein. A memorial fund has been established.

Kathryn J. Vargason was born August 3, 1934 in St, Lucas, Iowa, the daughter of Carl and Frances (Riecks) Kuennen. Her family later moved to Oelwein where in 1952 she graduated from Sacred Heart High School. On February 14, 1955 she was united in marriage to Lavern “Varge” Vargason. Varge worked for the city of Oelwein and Kathryn was a seamstress for City Laundry. In her spare time she enjoyed woodworking, sewing, upholstery, working at the Gone Country Barn with her daughter Becky, cards, bean bags, going out for ice cream, volunteering to read for young school children and of course her cats, Ace and Alex. Kathryn touched a lot of lives and will dearly be missed.

She is survived by her four daughters, Linda (Buzzy) Rechkemmer of Oelwein, Lori (Jeff) Heying of Cedar Rapids, Becky (Mike) Block of Calamas and Dawn (Rob) Reiter of Oelwein; five grandchildren, Jenny (Greg) Hunter, Chad (Sarah) Rechkemmer, Susie (Josh) Hamdorf, Chris Clime and Katie Clime (Matt Calef); nine great grandchildren, Nick, Andy, Maddie, Ava, Rayne, Isaac, Hannah, Livian and Carter; three sisters, Alice Roete of Oelwein, Alvera (Bill) Hogan of Cedar Rapids and Aggie Vargason of Oklahoma; two brothers, Urban (Floraine) Kuennen and Luke (Margie) Kuennen all of Oelwein. Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband Lavern (2/15/2003); granddaughter, Janet Rechkemmer; three brothers, Herbert Kuennen, Rene Kuennen and Adolph Kuennen.  


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Robin and Bill Rosenstiel on August 24, 2018 at 8:37 AM said:

Linda and Buzzy ,also All the Vargason Families,sending our deepest sympathy
Laurie Bunn on August 22, 2018 at 11:31 AM said:

We are so sorry for your loss.??
Doug and Debbie Nuss on August 21, 2018 at 2:43 PM said:

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family!??
Debbie Bliss Miller on August 21, 2018 at 5:14 AM said:

Thoughts and prayers to the family. I worked with Kate at Sparky's Drive In. Her daughters Linda and Lori worked there too. We always had lots of laughs and fun times making ice cream cones.
Janet Donelson on August 20, 2018 at 8:49 AM said:

One of the sweetest and most wonderful ladies I've ever had to pleasure of calling a friend. Kate was so talented, kind, and a wonderful Mother. We will miss her terribly.
Nancy & Lyle Miller on August 20, 2018 at 6:29 AM said:

Our sincere condolences. Raised some great kids (although I'll bet there where a few struggles!). May she rest in peace.
Aggie Vargason on August 19, 2018 at 12:56 PM said:

I 'll remember all the good times we had together. I will always love you. You sister Aggie.
Greg and Megan Bearbower on August 19, 2018 at 8:16 AM said:

Mike and Becky so sorry for your loss. I know how much mom meant to you both.
Rick and Cathy Vargason on August 19, 2018 at 3:17 AM said:

So sorry for your loss.
Vicky Wolfe on August 18, 2018 at 6:34 PM said:

Deepest sympathy & Prayers to the Vargason family.
Vicky Wolfe on August 18, 2018 at 6:33 PM said:

Deepest sympathy & Prayers to the Vargason family.
Rose (Fox) Johnson on August 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers for the family of Kate. Many fond memories of growing up as neighbors. Playing softball in the field and snowmobiling. Coming over with Mom and Dad for coffee and conversation. A little card playing also. She will be dearly missed by so many of the lives she touched.
Jason & Kerri Ladeburg on August 18, 2018 at 5:01 PM said:

So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts & prayers
Gary and Mary Smith on August 18, 2018 at 4:22 PM said:

Sorry for your lost thoughts and prayers
Eileen Buhr on August 18, 2018 at 3:08 PM said:

Sorry for your loss and prayers to all families
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