In Memory of Kathern "Katie" Kessler

Kathern "Katie" Kessler
Kathern "Katie" Kessler
Born: April 19, 1923
Died: September 20, 2019
Age: 96
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Kathern "Katie" Kessler
April 19, 1923 - September 20, 2019
From: Holstein, IA

Kathern “Katie” Kessler, age 96, of Holstein, Iowa (formerly of Cherokee and Storm Lake, Iowa) passed away on Friday, September 20, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society of Holstein, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Pastor Eugene Tolstedt will officiate with Committal Services following in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Katie was born April 19, 1923, in Council Bluffs, IA. She was the third child of Louis A. and Margaret C. (Rief) Sales. Katie married Chuck Kelly in July of 1942 and to this union one daughter was born Patricia (Kelly) Riedemann.

Katie attended beauty school to become a beautician. She owned and operated “Clip & Curls” with locations in Battle Creek, IA and Galva, IA. In 1955, Katie and Chuck parted ways. She remarried in 1958 to Wayne “Stub” Kessler. Katie started at Dekalb Seed plant in Storm Lake, IA, working the night shift and this is where she lost her arm in 1965. After the loss of her arm, she went to work at Hopes Fashion Farm, where she altered wedding gowns.

While visiting Wisconsin in 1976 for the York Rodeo, they needed flags made for each state and Katie made them all. After Hopes Fashion Farm, she managed Daylight Donuts in Cherokee, IA, until she started her in home daycare which she operated for 17 years. She then worked at Faith, Hope, and Charity in Storm Lake for five years. Health issues stopped her from working at the time and then she would later work at Amerihost and the Elks Lodge.

An accomplished seamstress, Katie made many curtains, quilts, jackets, square dancing outfits and christening gowns for her family. She continued to sew up until she lost her eyesight. Katie had faith in her Lord and was member of the United Methodist Church of Storm Lake.

Katie was blessed to have two great-great granddaughters named after her, Kathern Alice Reisner and Aidan Kathern Wiese.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter Patricia “Patsy” Riedemann of Omaha, NE; granddaughter Angela Jacobs of Omaha, NE; grandsons Bryan (Tina) Riedemann and Jeffrey Wiese ; 8 great grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren; brother Lou Dale Sales of Battle Creek, IA; sister LaVohn “Bonnie” Tietsort of Battle Creek, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Katie was preceded in death by her parents Lou and Margert Sales; grandson Jerry Wiese; brother Kenny Arthur Sales; sisters Waunitta “Nete” (Ormond) Kinning, Ina “Inie” (Duane) Maxwell, and Margaret “Midge” (Harold) Austin; sister-in-law Helen Sales; and brother-in-law Lyle “Dutch” Tietsort, Sr.



10:30 a.m., Wednesday
September 25, 2019
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Pastor Eugene Tolstedt


Robert Austin
Dennis Austin
Albert Loof
Kenny Tietsort
Doug Van Houten
Lyle Tietsort


"Peace In The Valley"
"In The Garden"
"The Lord's Prayer"


Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 9:14 AM
“Sorry to hear about Grandma Katie! Hugs and prayers to the family. ”
- Nancy Richter
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