Agnes S. Cerwinske

agnes cerwinske
Agnes S. Cerwinske age 93 of Alta Vista, IA, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, IA. Agnes Sophia Heying was born on November 23, 1915 to Henry and Elizabeth (Holthaus) Heying in Winner, SD. As a young girl she moved with her family to a farm west of Alta Vista. Agnes attended and graduated in 1932 from St. Williams Catholic School in Alta Vista. Agnes was united in marriage to Mathew Cerwinske on October 15, 1935 at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Alta Vista. The couple farmed west of Alta Vista until they retired in 1965. Agnes continued to live on the farm until entering Colonial Manor in 2004. She worked as a nurses aid for several years in Elma and New Hampton. Agnes enjoyed crocheting, quilting, and traveling. She was a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church and Rosary Society. Agnes is survived by six children Matt (Evelyn) Cerwinske of Champlin, MN, Punk (Jean) Cerwinske of Alta Vista, IA, Ron (Carol) Cerwinske of Ramsey, MN, Marlene (Roger) Blocker of Hampshire, IL, Tom (Barbara) Cerwinske of St. John, IN, and Bob (Sue) Cerwinske of Lake City, MN; one brother Mike (Arlene) Heying of Alta Vista, IA; 18 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; two sisters Gert Freidhof of Elma, IA and Alice (Ray) Freidhof of Waterloo, IA; two sister-in-laws Marie Heying of Alta Vista, IA and Rita Heying of Ionia, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Mathew on September 21, 1990; two sisters Eleanor Webb and Genieva Heying; four brothers Norbert, Linus, Andrew and Louis. Cemetery: Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Alta Vista, Iowa, with Matt, Punk, Ron, Tom, Bob Cerwinske and Roger Blocker serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma with a scriptural wake service at 5:00 pm and a rosary at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home in Elma. Service: Mass of Christian burial will be at10:30 am on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at St. Bernards Catholic Church, in Alta Vista, Iowa with Father Ray Atwood as celebrant.

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  1. Our sympathy to the Cerwinske family. You can be comforted in knowing she is at peace in heaven with your dad. We’ll keep you in our prayers.

    Diane & Paul King

  2. I got a chance to know Agnes when I worked for Colonial Manor. I enjoyed visiting with her and enjoyed her “spunk”! She always had a hug and kind word for me! She will be missed…

  3. Jeannie, Punk and the whole Cerwinske Clan — It has been a looong time since you drove my school bus :). But my sincere sympathy on the loss of Agnes. She was a wonderful lady!

  4. My thought’s and prayers to the family!! Very many fond childhood memories of aunt Agnes! She’s in Jesus loving care! As well as all in our family who have entered Heaven.Sorry for the loss to all concerned. She was very loved.Anthony Freidhoff (Tony)

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Agnes was a great aunt. I will always hold on to the fond memories.

  6. Our heartfelt sympathy to all of Agnes’ family. Memories go back many years for both of us and I know all of you have many wonderful times to cherish. She is now in eternal peace and our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

  7. Punk and family, you have my sympathy in the time of the loss of your mother and grandmother…I never really knew her but did see her on a number of occasions…and I am sure she was a wonderful lady. My prayers are with you and your families at this time.

  8. Punk, Jeanne and families… my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother… she was a great lady and I always enjoyed visiting with her. Please know that you are all in my thoughts at this sad time. Pat Reckier, Regina, SK., Canada

  9. To the whole Cerwinske family, you have my sympathy and prayers. Agnes always treated me as a VIP guest when I stayed overnight at her house with Carol and Ron. She lived her life the best way she knew how, and her family, was her life.

  10. Marlene and Family,
    What a great Mom you had and she is living through you all each day. I remember her in the rocking chair, smiling at the office while she made our family blanket.
    Peace is with you all.

    The Patterson’s

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Aunt Agnes was one of my favorite aunts. She always made me smile, giggle and laugh! She will be dearly missed.

  12. Our thoughts are with you during this time. Agnes was special to all of us. She will be missed.

  13. So sorry to hear of Agnes’s passing. I worked with her at the Colonial Mannor many years ago. We had such fun, she was a great lady who I deeply admired. Always had a smile and sweet things to say. She really enjoyed life.

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