Louis B. Geerts

louis geerts
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.

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  1. To all the Geerts family,
    May the comfort of friends and family be your strength now and in the days ahead. My sympathy and warmest thoughts are with you.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at your time of loss. Hold your memories close to your hearts.

  3. Steve, Ted, and the rest of the Geerts family– I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You have my deepest sympathy and you will all be in my thoughts.

  4. To the family of Louie Geerts, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep your memories close and they will help you through this difficult time.

  5. To the Geerts Family,
    We are thinking of you all in our thoughts & prayers at this sad time. I will always remember how he made such special wooden clocks. I have my mom’s that she bought from him. I will think of them both when it chimes.

  6. To the Geerts Family~~ G’pa Louie will be greatly missed… he was such a sweetie. May your memories comfort you all at this time!!

  7. Our sympathy to all the Geerta family.
    We are in Florida so will be unable to attend the service,but we will be thinking of you.
    Louise and Donn Harris

  8. Ted, Steve, and all the Geerts family…I have many memories as a child of Louie coming to fix all our plumbing problems. He was a great man, with a wonderful sense of humor. You are in my thoughts and prayers. He lived a long life surrounded by many family who loved him dearly.

  9. Ted, Steve, Tom, Mike and all the Geerts families our deepest sympathy to you all. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. I would like to extend my sympathy to your entire family. My God’s love be with you during this trying time and always.

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with during this time
    of loss and remembrance as you celebrate his life.
    My deepest sympathy goes to each of you.

  12. The Geerts family was always fun to have as neighbors when I was growing up. It was great to come back years later and see the many fine children and grandhildren. We especially enjoyed acquiring a few of Louie’s carvings. I know my parents appreciated him keeping the house in good running order. I enjoyed visiting with him in the nursing home. Condolences to all family members.

  13. Our sympathy on the loss of your father/grandfather/uncle. May all your precious memories help you get through this difficult time. God bless you all.

  14. We are so sorry to hear about Louis. Seems like he lived a full life. We are sure your family has many wonderful memories of him. At times like this the Bible comforts me so much. Jesus said in John 5:28&29 there would come a time when those in the memorial tombs would hear his voice and come out. This would also be at a time when Revelation 21:3&4 says there will be no more tears, pain or death. This would all happen when God’s Kingdom comes, the same kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for in the Lord’s Prayer. What a wonderful prospect for Louis and all those in the memorial tombs now. We express our deepest sympathy. We hope you find comfort in this time of loss.

  15. To the shole family of Louie, our thoughts and prayers on his passing.
    He was a good man.

    Bob and Brenda Rausch and family

  16. Steve and Nita, and families of Louis,
    So sorry to see that your father has passed. As with my mother who recently passed, they lived long lives and enjoyed living in and raising their children in this area. You have our condolences. John and Jackie Erickson

  17. Tom, Helen and the rest of the Geerts family, I remember when my g-pa was at the nursing and rehab center and Louie was there as well I remember going to visit my g-pa and all he would talk about is Louie and what he had been up to my g-pa kept a pretty good eye on him, now they both can enjoy the good life up in heaven…I am sorry to hear about the passing of Louie thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this trying time.

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