Catherine L. Blaser, 93


May 12, 1924 —
Oct. 24, 2017
New Haven - Catherine L. Blaser, age 93, formerly of New Haven, Iowa died Tuesday Oct. 24, 2017, at Faith Lutheran Home in Osage, Iowa. Catherine’s amazing earthly journey came to an end so that she might begin a new life with our Lord, Jesus Christ.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in New Haven, with Father Mark Murphy officiating. Inurnment will be in the St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, immediately after the service. A light snack will follow the inurnment in the church basement hall.
Catherine was born May 12, 1924, in St. Ansgar, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Mary (Egan) Palmer. Her family lived in Stacyville, Iowa during her early years and then moved to Rochester, Minn., where Catherine graduated from high school. She was married to Verne Kempf in 1943, and to this union 10 children were born. After Verne’s death in 1961, Catherine married Roger Blaser in 1966, and to this union one child was born. 
Her married life took her to Michigan for a few years. Catherine eventually settled in New Haven, where she lived for over 30 years. She was a gifted seamstress, artist-decorator, enjoyed playing cards (especially 500) and loved to play BINGO! She was a very devout Catholic and spent countless hours praying the rosary.
Catherine is survived by four sons, Rel Kempf of San Mateo, Calif., Mike (Julie) Kempf of Cresco, Iowa. Pat (Athena) Kempf of Chicago, Ill. and Kevin (Julie) Blaser of Roswell, Ga.; four daughters, Jenny (Mike) Russell of Boerne, Texas, Mary (Don) Squyres of Mountainburg, Ark., Carmen (Jim) Beddow of Kasson, Minn. and Yvonne (Larry) Smith of Madison, Wis.; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Joel Kempf and Stuart Kempf; her daughter, Shelley Fox; her parents; and her siblings, Norine Belnap, Louise Halbach, Mary McGovern and Jim Palmer.
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