In Memory of Catherine M. Ehrig

Catherine M.  Ehrig
Catherine M. Ehrig
Born: October 4, 1926
Died: December 3, 2020
Age: 94
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Catherine M. Ehrig
October 4, 1926 - December 3, 2020
From: Ida Grove, IA

Catherine M. Ehrig, age 94, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 12, 2020, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation (family not present) will be held prior to the service from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor’s proclamation, masks are mandatory and social distancing guidelines apply during all services. During the visitation we are limited to 15 people in the church at a time. Please plan accordingly.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Catherine Marie Ehrig, the oldest of five children born to George A. and Anna M. (Dirksen) Redenius, was born on October 4, 1926, in Oto, Iowa. She grew up in Oto until the family relocated to a farm north of Ida Grove, Iowa. Catherine attended country school through the 8th grade and then was needed to help on the farm. Later in life Catherine proudly pursued and obtained her GED.

On August 18, 1947, Catherine was united in marriage to Leo J. Ehrig in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove. The couple were blessed with seven children: Anthony “Tony”, MaryAnn, Leona, George, Angie, John, and Sharon. Catherine stayed home and raised her family on the farm southeast of Holstein, Iowa, until 1971, when the family relocated to a farm north of Ida Grove.

Music and family were very important to Catherine. In the 60’s the family formed the band “The Corn Poppers” and Catherine lent her talents on the keyboard. Today you may know this band by the name of “Next of Kin”. Catherine continued to bless those around her with the gift of music, playing from time to time with the band and at the local assisted living and care centers. Catherine was a sweet, soft hearted, soft spoken women, that was always willing to help anybody with anything. She kept busy in her later years playing music, gardening, babysitting grandchildren and attending all of their events. She also enjoyed making food to share, beating her family at Yahtzee and cards, and looked forward to Sunday dinners with her family.

Catherine was a devoted member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove. Her children fondly recall her walking to mass for years. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her. 

Left to cherish her memory include her children Anthony “Tony” (JoAnn) Ehrig of Cleghorn, IA, MaryAnn (Ken) Newquist of Ida Grove, IA, Leona (John) Mason of Odebolt, IA, Angie Arbegast of Arthur, IA and Sharon (Mike) Willson of Holstein, IA; daughter-in-law Renee (Jim) Phillips of Sioux City, IA; 22 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren with a couple on the way; sister Mary Agnes (Bill) Gaffney of Valley, NE; numerous nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents George and Anna Redenius; husband Leo Ehrig (1974); sons George (1993) and John Ehrig (2004); son-in-law Jerry Arbegast; brothers Paul and George Redenius; and sister Betty Goodman.



Mass of Christian Burial
1:30 p.m., Saturday,
December 12, 2020
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

A Facebook Livestream of the service will be available on Father Richard Ball's Facebook page during the service. 
After the service the video will be posted to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Facebook page.


Father Richard D. Ball


Jeremy Ehrig
Joel Ehrig
Mark Newquist
Nick Newquist
Matt Newquist
Tony Mason
George Ehrig
Joey Arbegast
Jared Arbegast
Chris Willson

Honorary Pallbearers
April Wells
Andrea Shirrmacher
Maria Burbano
Jennifer Greaves-Arbegast
Janene Arbegast
Jodi Jamison
Emily Sideris
Marla Hawkins
Beth Wales
Elisha Malaise
Katie Ehrig-Salvatore
Rebecca Heiliger
Vanessa Crawford
Ryan Freund


11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.
Saturady, December 12, 2020
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


April Wells, Eric Wells, Jeremy Ehrig, Jodi Jamison, Beth Wales

"On Eagle's Wings"
"I Can Only Imagine"
"Irish Blessing"


Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 7:21 PM
“Thank you for the music, Catherine. Condolences to the family. ”
- Julie A Rohlk
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:04 AM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful and kind person. Thinking of all of the family and keeping all of you in my prayers.”
- Sheila Petersen
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:35 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of such a wonderful woman! She will be missed! ”
- Donna and James Schneiders
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11:31 AM
“Catherine was a sweet spirit. Never a harsh word did I hear from her mouth. She loved her family dearly and always lit up when reminiscing about them. She will be missed. ”
- Jen Hedberg
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:06 PM
“Catherine was a very kind and caring person. At assisted living she was a ray of sunshine, especially when playing the piano for all to enjoy. Prayers to the family, Randy & Dawn Bach”
- Dawn Bach
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 9:15 AM
“Seems I've known Catherine forever, through the music business. One special fond memory I have is my first trip to Vegas was with my daughter Jennifer... and we were on the plane with Catherine and Mel... When we got there we shared a cab to go downtown where our hotel was... The cab driver asked if we had ever been to Vegas and we said no... so he took us on a scenic route... FREE of charge. What a wonderful memory... but diidn't win... LOL”
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 11:48 AM
“Catherine was truly one of God's Angels among us and is now lighting up the Heavens and guiding us all from above. Keep her close in your hearts and treasure her memories. Larry and Pat Rector”
- Pat D Mildenstein-Rector and Larry Rector
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 10:53 AM
“I have wonderful memories of your mom from the times we were pals in high school. Please accept my condolences. You had a GREAT mom!”
- Denise Schau
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 10:16 AM
“Your Mom was such a sweet lady, I always enjoyed visiting with her and playing cards. She had such a natural musical talent (a family trait}. We sure enjoyed her piano playing at Golden Horizons when we could visit.. We will miss her.”
- Virginia Wellendorf
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 9:56 AM
“Tony and Joann I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Catherine loved her family, music and playing music with you all. May she rest in peace. Prayers for you and your family's.”
- Diana and Doug
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 9:56 AM
“To the Ehrig family, Ida Grove lost one of the nicest ladies I ever met. Thanks to the days of the Next of Kin, I got to have many conversations with Katherine. That will be some memories I will have for a long time. She will be missed by so many people. You have my deepest sympathy. ”
- Byron Hartwig
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