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Catherine Brown 1923-2008

Dec 16, 2008

GRAETTINGER — A Mass of Christian Burial for Catherine Brown is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger. Burial will be in St. Jacob’s Cemetery, Graettinger.

The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, at the church. Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home of Graettinger is handling the arrangements.

Catherine Francis Brown departed this life on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008 at the Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville, at the age of 85.

Catherine Francis Fitzpatrick was born March 24, 1923, in Graettinger, the daughter of Dan and Mary (Kelly) Fitzpatrick. She received her education in the Wallingford and Estherville areas,and she graduated from Estherville High School in 1940. Following her education, Catherine worked at Martin Furniture Store and Thoreson Hardware Store.

On Sept. 3, 1947, Catherine was united in marriage to William Sherlock Brown at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger. The couple farmed and lived east of Graettinger most of their married life.

Catherine was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she was active in the altar and rosary society. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her children and grandchildren

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Dan and his wife, Sandy of Bowling Green, KY, Patricia Brown of Waterloo, Joleen Baysore and her husband, Paul of Gwinn, MI, Betty Getzfred and her husband, Jim of Elgin, NE, J.R. and his wife, Jane,and Bill, Jr. and his wife, Diane all of Graettinger, Tim and his wife, Carrie of Storm Lake, Tom and his wife, Lori of Graettinger, and John and his wife, Joleen of Spirit Lake; son-in-law, Gary McClurg of Fryeburg, ME; 30 grandchildren: Jim and Merideth McClurg; Jenny (Brown) Perry, Matt and Mike Brown, Kellie Baysore, Terri (Baysore) Erbes, Alex Baysore, Sara (Getzfred) Morris, Megan (Getzfred) Furstenau, Angie Beschor-ner, Melanie Petersen, Dawnielle, Shamus and Christopher Brown, Nick, Kevin, Mark, Bobby, Carrisa and Zack Brown, Joe, Jake, Kyle and Nikki Brown,and Katie, Kaisha, Mary, Paul, Billy and Anna Brown; ten great-grandchildren: Lillian Perry, Rowan and Tessa Brown, McKenna and Cael Morris, Ava Furstenau, Jordan and Elizabeth Beschorner, and Lucas and Morgan Petersen; two sisters: Mary Ellen Haag and Josephine and her husband Kieth Hildreth.

She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Sheila McClurg; her son, Paul; three brothers: Richard, Gerald and an infant brother.

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