In Memory of Kathleen Mary Lichtenberg

Kathleen Mary Lichtenberg
Kathleen Mary Lichtenberg
Born: March 7, 1923
Died: November 6, 2013
Age: 90
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Kathleen Mary Lichtenberg
March 7, 1923 - November 6, 2013
From: Ida Grove, IA

Kathleen M. Lichtenberg, age 90, of Ida Grove, Iowa went home to heaven on November 6, 2013 at the Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 11, 2013 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa with the Reverend Adam J. Peck officiating. Burial will follow in the Schaller Cemetery of Schaller, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm with family present Sunday, November 10, 2013 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to


Kathleen Mary Lichtenberg was born March 7, 1923 in Peterborough, England to Frank and Emily (Sexton) Williamson. Kathleen grew up in Peterborough where she attended school and was a librarian after graduation. When England entered World War II, she became a machinist at a torpedo factory…a British “Rosie the Riveter”!

On September 23, 1943 Kathleen married Clifford Lichtenberg while he was stationed with the Army in England during WWII. When Cliff proceeded on to Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and France in 1944, Kathleen had a unique experience of coming to America aboard the “The Aquitania”, a cruise ship that was converted to a hospital ship to transport wounded American soldiers back to the States. She was one of 19 war brides and over 2,000 wounded aboard the vessel. After landing at New York City, she traveled by train to Schaller, Iowa where she lived with Clifford’s parents until he returned from the war. She proudly became an American citizen 7 years later. Kathleen lived in Schaller until she moved to Ida Grove with her daughter, Karen, in 2003. She was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Schaller and then St. Paul in Ida Grove after her move.

Besides her jobs in England, Kathleen also worked at the popcorn plant in Schaller and after the last of her six children went to school, she worked in the kitchen at Schaller Community School.

Kathleen enjoyed taking bus trip vacations, playing cards and games (especially 500), and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved to read books, enjoyed musicals and stage plays, and was a skilled knitter and knitted baby hats for Horn Memorial Hospital. Kathleen was an avid Chicago Cubs baseball fan plus she loved watching any Iowa State sports on television.

Kathleen is survived by her sister, Marion Bode, of Schaller, IA; daughters, Karen Lichtenberg of Ida Grove; Ann (Samuel) Sears of Ida Grove; Kathy (Daniel) Ladwig of Arthur; Janet (John) Brinkman of Ida Grove; son-in-law, Roger Frank of Ida Grove; and her son, Mark (Diane) Lichtenberg of Bettendorf, IA, along with 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, 10 step great grandchildren, and 6 step great-great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; and infant son, John Lichtenberg; husband, Clifford; daughter, Sandra Frank; brother John Williamson, and half-brother Ricky Rickards, brother-in-law Reinhold Bode, sisters-in-law Dorothy Williamson and Doris Rickards, Step great granddaughter Dejon Williams, Step great- great granddaughters Victoria and Faith Williams.


10:30 AM, Monday.
November 11, 2013

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Reverend Adam J. Peck



Andrew Ladwig
David Ladwig
Lance Ladwig
Lucas Brinkman
Justin Frank
Kyle Lichtenberg

Honorary Pallbearers

Brandi Crawford
Heidi Ladwig
Allyson Iversen
Katrie Wieling
Ashley Lichtenberg
Emly Leinbaugh


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sunday,
November 10, 2013

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Geraldine Dankert, Organist

Trisha Hoffman, Vocalist

Soloist Selection
"On Eagle's Wings"

Congregational Hymn
"Abide With me"


Schaller Cemetery
Schaller, Iowa


Friday, November 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM
“I have known Kathleen in attending every "Schaller Rocket and Odebolt-Arthur Trojan" event. She was a very supportive mother/grandmother. As I was preparing to send our sympathy to Ann (having just seen you at the mall) I realize, I do not have your mailing address. Your family, like Kathleen, is community minded - Karen talks to our daughter in the grocery store, Kathy attended my early retirement reception - thank you for your thoughts. We shall be thinking of you and your wonderful mother. Sincerely, Twyla & Robert Godbersen ”
- Twyla & Robert Godbersen
Monday, November 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM
“Our prayers, thoughts and condolences are with the Lichtenberg family. Kathleen fought a hard battle but she is now rejoined with Cliff in heaven, and is no longer suffering.”
- Jean and Bob Doles
Monday, November 11, 2013 at 8:58 AM
“Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with the Lichtenberg family. Kathleen has now rejoined Clifford in a better place and is now longer suffering.”
- Jean and Bob Doles
Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 3:11 PM
“Am so saddened by the death of your mother, Janet. Although I never met her, she has a wonderful daughter, granddaughter, Allyson & great grandchildren. It is so hard to lose your parents & no matter how old we are, it never gets any easier. Praying that God will strengthen you & be with you during these difficult days ahead. Prayers also for the rest of your family.”
- Patricia Wilson
Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 6:53 AM
“Extending my sympathy on the loss of your Mom. She now is with the Lord free of pain. God bless the entire family and give you peace.”
- Gay Leask
Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM
“My deepest sympathy to the entire Litchenberg family, & your kin... God bless you all”
- tom grimes
Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM
“Dear Friends,
Despite advanced age & a terminal condition; children are never ready for the death of a mother, are we?
Your mother was a lovely lady and her presence here on earth will be missed by many.
With sincere sympathy,
Jim & Judy”
- Jim & Judy Andresen
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:23 PM
“Sorry for the loss of Kathleen, she was a wonderful women and also a great neighbor.
God has gained an angel.

Myrna Prange”
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 3:25 PM
“Our prayers go out to you and your family on the death of your mother/grandmother. She lived a long life and always seemed to be so cheerful. She will be greatly missed by all of you, but you know that now she is in the hands of her Heavenly Father. God's Peace to all of you.
Joan & Leon”
- Joan K. Petersen
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 3:24 PM
“So sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. She was such a nice person and always had time to visit. May she rest in peace. ”
- Julie McClintic
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:42 AM
“So sorry to hear about your mom. Your family has been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Linda and Lester Siebrecht
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:42 AM
“Our prayers and sympathy go out to the entire Lichtenberg family. I feel like I have know most of the family for a long time. I remember when I first met your mom when she visited her in- Laws in the Odebolt Nursing home and I couldn't get enough of her English accent. I loved to listen to her. Blessings to all of you.

- Ed and Marilyn Skaren
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