Karen Herr Obituary

Karen Kae Herr
Karen Herr
Karen Kae Herr

September 6, 1940 - May 18, 2011
Born in Woodward, Iowa
Resided in Dallas Center, IA
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Kae Herr, 70, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2011 after a six month battle against cancer. The funeral service will be held Saturday, May 21st at 10:00 a.m., at the New Hope Church of Adel (25712 Hwy 6).

Born on September 6, 1940, to Betty (Hoskinson) and Russell Hotchkiss, Kae was raised in Granger, Iowa, by her grandparents, Pearl (Roth) and Franklin Hotchkiss.

Kae was devoted to her family, friends and to her faith. Kae spent many hours studying and reading the Bible and participated in or lead several Bible Study groups. She was choir director for forty years at churches in Adel and Dallas Center and served as a youth group leader. Kae was a founding member of the Adel Federettes Women�s Club and served as their first president.

Kae loved country and gospel music and often sang in many venues such as church events, banquets and at the Iowa State Fair for several years as a duet with Janice Olson.
She had many friends and enjoyed meeting with them to talk and have coffee. Kae was instrumental in starting a Curves coffee group that meets Monday mornings at Dahls. For the last several years she had been spending about half of the year in San Antonio and started a Curves coffee group there.

Kae worked twenty years in guidance counselor�s office at the Dallas Center-Grimes High School. There she enjoyed working with the students and helping them with schedules or talking to them about whatever they had on their mind. Kae always had home-made cookies or jars of candy ready and waiting in her office for her students and the teachers.

Kae is survived by her husband Sam, daughters, Rhonda (Bob) Mulder of Dallas Center, IA and Melanie (Joseph) Zepeda of San Antonio, TX; and sons Scott (Stacy) Herr of Spring Branch, TX and Jason (Stacey) Herr of Madeira, OH; five grandchildren, her mother Betty Brooks of North Hollywood, CA and brothers Gary Hotchkiss of Granger, IA and Bob (Marilyn) Morrison of New Virginia, IA., and sisters Nancy Howser of Johnston, IA, Belle (Russ) Maurer of Breinigsville, PA, Julia Lee (Steve) Farr of Chapin, SC She was predeceased by her grandparents, father and first husband Richard Gunderson, who was a coach and teacher within the Adel-DeSoto school system.

The family will receive friends from 5 - 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Iles Funeral Homes-Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center.

The family asks that any memorials be made to the New Hope Church of Adel , PO Box 21 Adel, Ia 50003, The American Cancer Society or the Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines.


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Brandt Dallas Center
1301 Ash Street
Dallas Center, IA US 50063
Friday, May 20, 2011
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
New Hope Church of Adel
25712 Highway 6
Adel, IA US 50003
Saturday, May 21, 2011
10:00 AM
Brethren Cemetery
Dallas Center, IA US 50063
Saturday, May 21, 2011


Mercy Cancer Center c/o Mercy Hospital
411 Laurel
Des Moines, IA 50314