Kathleen Bente

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Kathleen Rose Bente, 91, formerly of Elkader, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Strawberry Point Lutheran Home. She was born November 25, 1926, to James and Elise (Homann) Bissell near Turkey River Junction. She graduated from Colesburg High School and then began teaching at a country school. Kate was joined in marriage to Lloyd Bente on June 4th, 1946. To this union six children were born. 

Kate and Lloyd farmed outside of Elkader for a number of years before moving to Elkader. After they moved to Elkader, Kate started working at the Elkader Hospital when it opened its doors in 1961. Kate worked in the kitchen and as a nurse’s aide for 16 years then as an LPN until she retired with over 40 years of service. Kate was instrumental in starting the Ambulance Service in Elkader, was the first crew chief for the ambulance and she started the blood drives in Elkader. 

Kate loved her family. She was always playing with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Kate also enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, making quilts, singing and cooking. She will be remembered for her devotion to family, infectious smile and dedication to the hospital. 

Kate was proceeded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Carol Koppes, siblings Nadine Beldon, Edward Bissell, Royce Bissell, Jack Bissell, Kay Williamson, Jean Tuecke, Marie Lowell and Hulda Honn, Sons in Laws James Berger and Edward Deshaw. She is survived by her children, Sandra Berger (James) Volga, Janis Rodas (Dwight) Littleport, Linda Frieden (Gregg) Communia, Donna Moore (Ron) Glen Haven WI, Jeffrey Bente (Lisa) Strawberry Point, 15 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren. 

A visitation was held Wednesday, January 17th at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader from 3-6 p.m. and after 10 am on Thursday also at the church. A funeral service was held at Peace United Church of Christ on Thursday, January 18th at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jon Haack officiating Interment was at East Side Cemetery, Elkader.

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