In Memory of Averill "Tagg" Ann Kitterman

Averill "Tagg" Ann Kitterman
Averill "Tagg" Ann Kitterman
Born: March 21, 1922
Died: November 7, 2017
Age: 95
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Averill "Tagg" Ann Kitterman
March 21, 1922 - November 7, 2017
From: Arthur, IA

Averill Ann “Tagg” Kitterman passed away peacefully on November 7, 2017 at Willow Dale Care Center in Battle Creek, Iowa.

Private services and inurnment will be held at a later date under the direction of Christensen-VanHouten Funeral Homes of Ida Grove.

Averill was born in Sioux City, Iowa on March 21, 1922 to Myrtle P. (Lawrence) and Elwyn S. Tagg.  She spent her early years in Sioux City with her parents and siblings, Muriel, Larry, and Berton, and graduated from Central High School with the mid-year class of 1940.  Averill continued her post-high school education at Methodist School of Nursing, graduating from there in 1943, after which she worked in the medical office of Dr. J. D. Lutton.

In 1945, when Harry Kitterman II of Schaller, Iowa returned from 4 years in the ETO/WWII, he met Averill and was immediately smitten.  They married on January 01, 1946.  They settled in Arthur, Iowa where they opened the Arthur Locker Service together with Harry’s sister and husband, Blanche and Ken Carney.

Averill and Harry raised three loving children, who remain always grateful to their parents for the solid, simple, respectful upbringing provided for them, with a definite emphasis on education and music.  Those children are Marianne (Tom) Fuchsen of Spencer, Iowa; Jo Ellen (Robert) Hayes of Battle Creek, Iowa; and, Harry Nathan “Nate” Kitterman III (Pam) of Sycamore, Illinois.

After helping Harry in the locker business and raising the children, Averill took a position as secretary at the Odebolt-Arthur Middle School, where she worked until age 83, when the building was closed and she “had” to retire.  To this day, many a former school student would visit “The Lunch Lady.”  Averill spent 10 years as a loving caregiver to Harry, who passed away in 2001 from Parkinson’s Disease.  In her retirement and following Harry’s death, she volunteered many hours at the Arthur Public Library.

Averill was a lifetime member of the Arthur Methodist Church until its closing in 2015, after which she became a member of the United Methodist Church of Ida Grove.  She was a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Left to cherish her memory are Marianne and Tom and their three children:  Nicole and Todd Thomas and great granddaughters Noel, Natalie, and Ella; Ben and Stephanie Fuchsen; and Sarah Fuchsen and great granddaughters Samantha and Lily; Jo Ellen and Bob and their three daughters:  Abigail and George Barnes IV and great-grandson George V; Amanda Hayes; and, Annie and Jeff Hultgren; and Nate and Pam and their three children:  Josh, Emily, and Allison; also, her brothers Berton (Shirley) Tagg and Larry Tagg, and brother-in-law Ken (Bonnie) Kitterman, as well as several nieces and nephews and many dear friends and neighbors.  Averill was preceded in death by Harry; Harry’s sister and husband Blanche and Ken Carney; her sister and husband Muriel and Phil Jolin; and her brother Larry’s wife Donna Tagg.

Memorials to Averill will be directed to the Arthur Public Library.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:22 AM
“Always a welcoming smile and "come on in" whenever she had a visitor.
I am so glad that I had the opportunity to visit with her last year as well as the previous times before.
God rest her soul and may he comfort you and your families in this sad time.”
- Jane (Hoaglund) Maeder
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:22 AM
“Jo and family...
Thinking of you and sending my love. I have such fond memories of my time in the Hayes household and with Grandma K there, too. ”
- Holly Hinkhouse Garcia
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1:39 PM
“My condolences to you Bert and Shirley. Never knew Tagg but I'm sure she was a wonderful person as I read down the list. Once again sorry for your loss. Sounds like she had a tremendous life Wilma Hummel Akron,Iowa”
- wilma hummel
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1:39 PM
“Our sympathy in the loss of your mother and grandmother. You will miss her in many unexpected ways, but the dear memories will remain forever in your hearts.”
- Jim and Ann Holst
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 10:16 AM
“Tagg was a very special lady - I will miss my "library buddy."”
- Pat Bell
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 10:16 AM
“Jo and Family,

Jaci and I send our deepest sympathy. What a great, full life your Mom lived. Love and peace to you all.

- Chris Nichols
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:21 AM
“Sorry to hear the passing of your mother. Our prayers go out to you Jo and the family.”
- Dale Ahrens
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM
“Tagg was a sweetheart and we enjoyed her visits so much on Sunday mornings in the Arthur Methodist Church. She was always asking about our family and a sincere lady. She will be remembered by all that met her. Sincere sympathy to all the family. ”
- Charlotte and Gerald Tripp
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 2:34 PM
“Another great Arthur lady! We don't raise our children alone; children in the Arthur school benefited from the compassion and insight Tagg showed them. Kitterman children, thank you for sharing Tagg with all of us.”
- marne barker
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11:05 AM
“Dear Kitterman Family...our thoughts are with you and our hearts and prayers for comfort and peace follow you through this journey. I can't remember when I didn't know Harry and Tagg, and my memories are all good ones. Blessings on you all.”
- Ann Hemer Onnen
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9:09 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Tagg’s passing. She was such a special lady who was loved by many. ”
- Pippa Fineran
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9:09 AM
“My sympathy to the Kitterman family on the loss of your mother. May she rest in peace.”
- Diane Klus Gardalen
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9:09 AM
“Tagg and Harry were wonderful people and pullers in the community. Tagg was so kind to all of us kids, whether it was in school or just out playing with the neighborhood kids. I have great memories of her. Rest in piece. ”
- Marie (Arbegast) Cook
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9:09 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss, your mother was an awesome person. I always enjoyed visiting with her at the grocery store and remember well the days of 4-H and going to the locker to get meat. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Gloria (Clark) Sykes”
- Gloria Sykes
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9:09 AM
“Sorry for your loss,you are in our prayers.She was a joy to be around.”
- Sandy Lichter
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 11:16 PM
“Your family’s are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all!”
- Ann Hoefling
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 6:11 PM
“I was so sorry to hear about Tagg's passing. I have so many fond memories of her hospitality at your home and the wonderful "grannie cake." She will be missed by so many from Arthur as well as the surrounding area!”
- Diane Schroeder
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 6:11 PM
“Tagg was one of the people that came to mind at just the thought of Arthur. She was someone that we expect to remain forever. She will be missed and spoken of often in our family. She was special. My sincere condolences to her family.”
- Whitney Francis-Simonson
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