Therese A. Puetz, 92, of Earlville, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 30, at her daughter’s home in Masonville.
A visitation for Therese was held from 3-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville. Visitation was also held after 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday.
A Mass of Christian burial for Therese was held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Earlville, with Rev. Tony Nketiah presiding. Lectors were Laura Walker and Tony Puetz.
Burial was held in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Temple Hill.
Casketbearers were: Scott Recker, Nickole Nicholas, Janice Hillard, Pat Billmeyer, Brad Burkle, Ben Manternach, Trevor Bailey and Cassidy Stoffel.
Therese was born July 1, 1928, in Chicago, Ill., daughter of Howard and Clara (Kreps) Delaney. She was united in marriage to Anthony “Tony” Puetz June 11, 1946, at St. Peter’s Catholic church in Temple Hill. Together, the couple farmed in the Temple Hill area, where they raised 15 children. They later retired to the Earlville area in 1986. He preceded her in death Nov., 1998.
She was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Earlville. Her faith was important to her. For over 50 years she made 300 rosaries for her lent penance each year. She also made layettes for the missions. She also spent time knitting hats for the homeless. Some of her fondest memories are of the picnics that she, Tony and the kids went on every Sunday.
She is survived by three sons: Peter (Casey) Puetz of Walkashau, Wis., Paul Puetz of Lincoln, Neb. and Loras (Daveen) Puetz of Edgewood; 10 daughters: Rosemary (Roger) Recker of Earlville, Eileen Puetz of Dyersville, Louise (Wayne) Stark of Arizona, Kathleen (Mike) Hogan of Dubuque, Dianne (Bill) Thomas of Cedar Rapids, Anita (Morrie) Billmeyer of Monticello, Valerie (Ron) Hildebrand of Masonville, Veronica (Dick) Oberbreckling of Dubuque, Paula (Matt) Bailey and Julie (Elmer) Ivy, both of Greeley; 31 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; two step-brothers, Ralph (Bonnie) Nilles of Kentucky and Joe (Jeanette) Nilles of Dyersville.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Richard and Roger Puetz; three brothers: Clarence Delaney, Lawrence Delaney and Antone Schmitt; and two step-brothers, Rich and Donald Nilles.
The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Saint Croix Hospice Care for all the care and support they gave to Therese.
Anyone wishing to send memorials may send them to the Reiff Funeral Home, Attn: Therese Puetz Family, PO Box 271, Dyersville, IA, 52040. If you would like to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit our website at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.