Louis B. Geerts
June 24, 1916 ~ February 3, 2011
Louis B. Geerts, age 94, of New Hampton, IA passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab. Louis Bernard Geerts was born on June 24, 1916 to Theodore and Margaret (Breham) Geerts near Elma, IA. He attended country school near Alta Vista, IA. Louis helped several farmers in the area. On June 24, 1943 Louis was united in marriage to Katherine Smith at St. Josephs Catholic Church in New Hampton. In 1946 Louis was employed by John Blethin as a plumber and later took over ownership of the business changing the name to Louis Geerts Plumbing and Heating. He later worked for New Hampton Plumbing and Heating until his retirement in 1984. In his retirement, Louis managed the New Hampton parks. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and spending time at his cabin on the Mississippi River in Lansing, IA. He also enjoyed taking his wife, Katherine and their family on long country drives. But his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. Louis was a member of Holy Family Parish-St. Josephs Center, a life member of the Knights of Columbus, and a previous member of the New Hampton Fire Department. Louis is survived by his daughter, Margaret (Joe) Harn of Waterloo, IA; his five sons, Ted (Veronica) of New Hampton, Tom (Helen) of New Hampton, Mike (Katie) of New Hampton, John (Rita) of North Washington and Steve (Nita) of New Hampton; his brothers Paul of New Hampton and Dan (Coletta) of New Hampton; his sisters, Ruth Kruth of Evansdale, IA, Mabel Geerts of Elma, IA and Monica (Virgil) Marvin of Alta Vista, IA; his sisters-in-law, Monica Geerts of New Hampton and JoAnna Geerts of New Hampton; 30 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Katherine in 2002; his son Bernard; his brothers Andrew, Elmer and one in infancy; his sister-in-law, Helen Geerts; his brother-in-law, Everett Kruth; and three great-grandsons, Austin Geerts, Alex Geerts and Tyler Ronnei. Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the family. Cemetery: Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at New Hampton with all of Louiss grandchildren as honorary casket bearers, and Ted Geerts, Jr., Scott Geerts, Adam Geerts, Patrick Geerts, Todd Geerts, Bob Geerts, and Justin Geerts serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be on Monday, February 7, 2011 from 4:00-8:00pm at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton with a Rosary at 4:30pm and a Scriptural Wake Service at 6:00pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, February 8, 2011at Holy Family Parish-St. Josephs Center in New Hampton with Fr. Mark Osterhaus celebrating the mass.