Anna “Ann” Kathrein, 87, of Bowman, North Dakota, formerly of Amidon, ND, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Southwest Healthcare Hospital in Bowman.
Mass of Christian Burial for Anna will be on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman. Fr. Paul Eberle will celebrate the Mass with burial to follow in the Bowman Cemetery. There will be a Rosary and Vigil Service on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the St. Charles Catholic Church beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Anna Kathrein passed away on January 26, 2019, three weeks shy of her 88th birthday.
Anna Johanna (Klein) was born on February 18, 1931 in a farmhouse near Dodge, North Dakota. On the same day, she was baptized at St. Martin’s Catholic Church, which was less than a mile away from her home. Anna was the second of eight children born to Leo Klein Sr. and Teresa (Kohm) Klein.
During her childhood, Anna helped her mother with gardening, cooking, and taking care of her younger siblings. She attended a rural elementary school until the eighth grade and graduated from Dodge High School in 1949. Anna also attended two summer sessions at Dickinson State College. Afterwards, she spent two years teaching at rural schools and then worked as a cashier and payroll clerk at the Dickinson Montgomery Ward store.
During her time in Dickinson, Anna met her future husband, Jack Kathrein. They were married on October 14, 1951 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church. After the wedding, they moved to a farm just outside of Amidon, North Dakota where they lived and raised four daughters. Anna taught in Amidon-area schools for two years and helped Jack with the farm work. During the summer, she grew flowers and raised a garden and chickens.
In 1961, Anna took a part time position as a deputy for the Slope County Register of Deeds. Eighteen years later, she was elected to that office and also served as a courts clerk. She retired from Slope County in 1995. In retirement, she took trips with her family, visited her grandchildren, and continued helping Jack on the farm.
When she wasn’t working at the courthouse or on the farm, Anna was involved in her church and community. Anna attended Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Amidon. She was an active member of the Alter Guild, she taught youth religion classes, and she served on the church council. When the Amidon church closed in 1996, Anna became a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman, North Dakota and joined the Catholic Daughters. She served as a 4-H leader for 18 years and was a member of the Amidon Homemakers Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, and Amidon Prairie Senior Citizens.
A series of health challenges began for Anna in 1993, when she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Throughout the years, Anna received treatments for the lymphoma and in 2008 she had a stroke. In 2012, Anna and Jack moved from the farm to a single-level townhouse in Bowman, North Dakota. Then came a broken hip, shingles, and finally Squamous cell carcinoma. Anna faced each illness, treatment, appointment, and therapy session with dignity and grace. She was a model patient who carefully followed her doctor’s orders, and in her final hours she continued to thank her nurses.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents, Leo Klein Sr. and Teresa (Kohm) Klein; two brothers, John Klein and Leo Klein Jr.; and two grandsons, Christopher Meier and Adam Meier.
Anna is survived by her husband of 66 years, Jack; one brother, Joe (Patricia) Klein, Mandan, ND; four sisters, Genevieve Klein, Carpinteria, CA, Cecelia Milish, Greenfield, WI, Amelia (Pius) Schmalz, Billings, MT, and Rosemary (Alvin) Glaser, Bismarck, ND; daughters Jaqueline Kathrein, Bowman, ND, Susan (Jeff) Powell, Amidon, ND, Denise (Ed) Meier, Mandan, ND, and Melanie (Joe) Mohling, Kuna, ID; and grandchildren Zack Meier, Bismarck, ND, Brittany Meier, Fargo, ND, and Travis Mohling, Kuna, ID.
Anna’s family thanks the medical professionals who cared for her throughout the years, especially the nursing team at Southwest Healthcare Services Hospital who were so loving in her final days.
Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services of Bowman in charge of the arrangements.