Beatrice Mary Kohles

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Beatrice Mary Kohles, age 91, of Elma, IA, died on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. Beatrice Mary Havlik was born January 11, 1922 to James and Anastacia (Ludwig) Havlik in Lourdes, IA. She attended country school near Lourdes. Later she worked at an ammunition factory in Des Moines during WWII. Beatrice was united in marriage to Alfred Peter Kohles on May 29, 1944 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The couple farmed and raised their family near Lourdes. The couple retired in the early 90’s and moved into Elma. Beatrice worked at Colonial Manor for several years. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Rosary Society and the Elma American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards, trips to the casino, traveling with family, and helping family and friends. Beatrice is survived by her children Donna (Al) Biwer of Elma, Mary Lou (Gary) Ries of Ionia, IA, Linda (Bill) Tweeten of Joice, IA, Ronald Kohles of Waterloo, IA and Julie (Mike) Huber of Rochester, MN; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Tillie Havlik of Elma, Barb Havlik of New Hampton, Rosie Merrick of Jesup, IA, Anna Jean Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, IA and Rita Thompson of Riceville, IA; brother-in-law Warren Wyatt of Riceville, IA; and several nieces and nephew. Beatrice is preceded in death by her parents James and Anastacia Havlik, husband Alfred who died May 5, 2000; son Gary Joseph; daughter Betty Jo; brothers Joseph, Edward, Francis and James. Cemetery: Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at Lourdes with John Kohles, Logan Kohles, Michele McKinnon, Lori Stewart, Heather Bunton, Shereen Ries and Kimberly Wiepert serving as honorary casket bearers and Michael Ries, Jeff Biwer, Joshua Tweeten, Jacob Tweeten, Tyler Tweeten, Paul Kohles, Amanda Hageman and Shelly Howe as casket bearers. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00pm on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma with a rosary at 4:30pm and scriptural wake service at 6:30pm and will continue at the church one hour prior to the service. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30am on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Lourdes, IA with Father Steve Garner celebrating mass.

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  1. We loved Aunt Beatrice, she always had time for us. Her first question was “how is Shawn”? And for that we were grateful. We will miss her, but knowing she is in a better place makes the sorrow easier to bear. Our love to the cousins and families. God loves you.

  2. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of the family. I have such good memories of Beatrice. Many memories of time spent between neighbor’s houses. Also think she happily “donated” a shetland pony to me that I enjoyed for years. We will remember all the good times and think fondly of her. Again, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Beverly Valvoda

  3. Our deepest sympathies at the loss of your Mother. She and my Mother, Glenna Hastings were very close friends; our families grew up together. To all of her family we know she had a wonderful and full life and she will be greatly missed.
    Dan Hastings & Ron Miller

  4. Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
    ”If a man should die, can he live again?
    Hear the promise God has made:
    He will call; The dead will answer.
    They shall live at his command.
    For he will have a longing
    For the work of his own hand.
    So have faith, and do not wonder,
    For our God can make us stand.
    And we shall live forever,
    As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15)

  5. Sorry to hear or Mom”s passing. Did not kow her real well, but, she must have been a good person to have raised such a wonderful family.
    She will be missed for sure.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Remember the many good times and know you all have many fond memories to cherish. What a long life she had!

  7. Thinking of you at this time. Know that our prayers are with you and your families.
    We always enjoyed seeing Beatrice because she reminded us and our kids of Emma Havlik (Ray’s mom)
    Ray and Cathy Havlik

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