KEOTA -Kathryn Greiner, age 79, of Keota, died Thursday, August 10, 2017 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Kathryn was born September 27, 1937 in Fairfield, Iowa, the daughter of John F. and Cecilia Arndt Millane. She graduated from Fairfield High School and Ottumwa Heights College. She married Edward Greiner on December 28, 1968 in Fairfield.
Before her marriage, Kathryn worked as a teacher in Davenport, Iowa and at Iowa State Bank in Fairfield. After marrying Ed, she spent her time taking care of her family and working side-by-side with her husband Ed on their farm just outside of Keota. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Washington, Iowa. After her children left the home, she began working at Halcyon House, in Washington.
Kathryn enjoyed reading, playing cards, and puzzles of any kind. She loved going for walks outside and loved animals. She was naturally a giving person who loved to help others. Above all, she loved being a mom and grandma, and was happiest when spending time with her family.
Survivors include six children, Carol Biesanz and husband Mike of West Chester, PA, Sara Carolan and husband Liam of Park Ridge, IL, Joan Edwards and husband Gary of Glen Allen, VA, Ed Greiner and wife Tandy of Keota, IA, Karen Christensen and husband Troy of Cedar Rapids, IA and Kathy Naslund and husband Mike of Oswego, IL; 14 grandchildren, Matthew and Eric Biesanz, Evan Carolan, Nathan, Adam, and Stephen Edwards, Michael O'Connor, Andrew, and Kassidi Greiner, Ava, Caden, and Bella Christensen, and Mari and Maclynne Naslund; 3 sisters, Sister Jane Frances Millane, Northfield, IL, Sister Pacelli Millane, Quebec, Canada, Rita Hammes, Fairfield, IA; 3 brothers, John A (Bud) Millane, Packwood, IA, Ed Millane, Davenport, IA and James Millane, Fairfield, IA.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, her parents, and two brothers Joe Millane and Leo Millane.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, August 14, 2017, at St. James Catholic Church in Washington, with Rev. Bernie Weir officiating. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemeteries - St. Mary Cemetery in Keota. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Powell Funeral Home in Keota, where a Rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established in memory of Kathryn, with contributions benefiting the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation.
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and grandmother. I remember her well as such a soft spoken, sweet woman. The first time I met her was when she and your dad came to our home and bought our double twin stroller. Who would imagine that I would teach one of those twins years later. She left such a great legacy in her children, all so talented and hard working. I know she will live on in the memories of her family forever. Blessings and prayers to all of you during this difficult time.
Craig and Kathy Shellady
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