1921-2012

Norma Kay Anthofer, 90, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Friendship Home in Audubon.

Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated by Father Andrew Hoffman at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Dedham. Honorary casket bearers will be Sgt. Matthew Anthofer and David Anthofer. Casket bearers will be Mike Anthofer, Steve Anthofer, Russ Anthofer, Alan Anthofer, Zach Brandt and Scott Pattee.

The family will meet with friends Tuesday with a rosary at 4 p.m. and a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. at Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon.

Norma Kay Anthofer, daughter of John P. and Theresia (Klingseis) Liewer, was born Oct. 9, 1921, at her parents’ home near Willey.

Norma was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary Catholic Church in Willey. She attended St. Mary Parochial School, then helped at home and also worked for other people.

On May 1, 1946, she was married to Rudolph “Rudy” Louis Anthofer Sr. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Willey by the Rev. H.J. Drees. Three sons, Rudy Jr., Cletus and Larry, were born to this union. They lived on and operated Rudy’s family farm in northeast Audubon County where they grew grain and raised livestock. In 1952 they moved to their present farm in Cameron Township, Audubon County. While living on the farm, Norma helped Rudy farm, was a homemaker and raised chickens. She always had a large garden and enjoyed marketing her eggs and produce to her friends and neighbors.

Later they retired from farming but continued to live on the farm. Rudy died on Jan. 11, 2004. Norma continued to live on the farm, where she enjoyed caring for her lawn and tending to her flowers and gardens.

Norma was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham and was a member of the Ladies Guild. She was a charter member of the DeWitt Loustaunau American Legion Post 20, Dedham, Iowa Auxiliary. She also enjoyed making quilts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Norma is survived by her sons Rudy Jr. and Donna Anthofer, Cletus and Patricia Anthofer, and Larry and Lora Anthofer all of Audubon; her grandchildren Mike and Kindra Anthofer of Exira, Steve and Christie Anthofer of Carroll, Mary and Zach Brandt of Prescott, Iowa,  Janet and Scott Pattee of Ankeny, Kathy Anthofer of Des Moines, Russell and Sarah Anthofer of Altoona, Alan and Shannon Anthofer of Hookstown, Pa., Teresa Anthofer and her fiancé Jeffrey Monday both of Tucson, Ariz., and Sgt. Matthew Anthofer serving in Germany; her great-grandchildren Haillie, Chloe, and Jacey Anthofer, John, Addy and Millie Anthofer, Jake Brandt, Eleanor and Charlotte Pattee, Rachel and Luke Anthofer and Marissa and James Anthofer; her step-granddaughter Skylar Pattee; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Tony and Phyllis Anthofer of Carroll and Rose Thielen of Granger; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Rudolph “Rudy” L. Anthofer Sr.; her grandson David Anthofer; her parents; her brothers and sisters Leona and Clem Tigges, John Liewer, Laura and Al Habiger, Arnold and Berniece Liewer, Annie and Charles Weitl, Marie and Jules Venteicher, Norbert and Marie Liewer, Tony Liewer, Dorothy and Alois Irlbeck, and Frank and Helen Liewer; brother-in-law Edward Anthofer; and sister-in-law Thelma Anthofer.