GRAETTINGER — A Mass of Christian Burial for Anna Kempf was held Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger. Officiant was Father Bill Schreiber, with Concelebrants Father Clem Currans and Msgr. Michael Sernett.
Burial was in St. Jacob’s Catholic Cemetery, Graettinger. The Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Graettinger was in charge of arrangements.
Anna Kempf, the daughter of Andrew and Emma (Pavel) Reznicek, was born June 22, 1915 in Linwood, NE. She died on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, at the age of 104.
Anna met her husband at a dance and dated for five years. On Feb. 6, 1940 she was united in marriage to Frank Kempf at St. Wenceslaus Church in Dodge, NE. They moved to Iowa and lived on a farm northwest of Graettinger, where they farmed until 1966.
In February of 1966, the couple retired and moved into a home in Graettinger. Frank died on May 1, 1998. In December of 1998, she moved to Willow Ridge in Emmetsburg.
Anna enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, listening and singing music and making rugs. Most important was spending time with her family. She enjoyed residing at PARC Hall for the past 15 years.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger, Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
Left to cherish Anna’s memory are her children: Melvin Kempf of Portland, OR, Elaine Hoffman and her husband, Larry of Graettinger, Richard Kempf and his wife, Muriel of Erie, CO, Marge Hoffman and her husband, Ronald of Emmetsburg, Marilyn Haus-wirth, her husband, Gary of Thornton, CO, Francis Kempf, and his wife, Ruth of Sun City West, AZ, Diane Kempf of Des Moines; Dennis Kempf and his wife, Kristina of Fort Collins, CO, and Jane Buchholz and her husband, Joe of Volcano, HI; and 30 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; 5 great great-grandchildren.
She has been preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Agnes Cech, Lillian Dvorak, and Magdalena; and brothers, James, Adolph, Emil, Edward, Frank, Ernest and George Reznicek; and great great-grandchild, Niles.