|Anna Mae Kohout Marr
May 28, 1915–February 21, 2011
|Anna M. Marr, 95, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, died Monday, February 21, 2011, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
A celebration of her life service will be held on Friday, February 25, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Lahey Funeral Home in Oxford Junction, where friends may call after 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa.
Anna Mae Kohout was born on May 28, 1915, in rural Toronto, Iowa, to immigrant Czechoslovakian parents, Josef and Mildred (Siegler) Kohout.
She attended a country school in rural Clinton County and then worked in Chicago as a nanny and housekeeper. She married John W. Marr in 1941 but was divorced shortly after and solely raised her children.
She worked forty years into her 80's as a janitor for the Citizen State Bank in Oxford Junction, seventeen years as a cook and janitor for the Oxford Junction School, and many various jobs in the community. She was a wonderful person and mother. She was strong, loving, kind and giving. She instilled these qualities in her children. She helped in every activity her community needed. She was able to take many bus trips with her friends all over the U. S. with many fond memories. When it became hard for her to take these trips, she and her daughter, Joan, spent each weekend driving around and looking at the beautiful Iowa countryside. She loved to go to the Clinton Casino whenever she could get down there. She talked always about her friends in Oxford Junction and a thanks to Lavonne Benischek for being so close. Thanks also to Earl Fisher of Lowden for calling her every week.
She is survived by her children, John Marr of Wheatland, Herb (Vicki) Marr of San Antonio, Texas, and Joan Meier of Lowden, with whom she lived with the last seven years; grandchildren, Brian (Kim), Dennis (Linda), Gary (Kelly), Daniel (Christa) Marr, Debbie (Todd) Pruess, Doug Meier and Dana (Travis) Clements; and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, one sister, Helen Otte, of which she spent twice a day every day talking to on the phone in Czech, and one grandson, David Marr.
She will be greatly missed by all and especially by her best buddy, 8-years-old great-grandson, Costner Pruess, who has spent nearly every Saturday night with his Great-Grandma. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, including Betty Hanson and her brothers and sisters, and Jean Ewing and her brother and sisters, and Carl and Larry Otte, of which she was very close to and spent many years doing everything together including fishing that she loved.
Carl and Larry lovingly donated a spot for her to rest next to her loving sister, Helen.
There was no better mother and friend than Anna and she will be greatly missed by all.
Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
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