Lawrence Hermesch, 86, of Anamosa, went to be with our Lord Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 9, 2019, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Anamosa with military honors by the United States Army and the Anamosa Veterans. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Anamosa. Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa, with a Knights of Columbus rosary starting at 3:30 p.m. and a parish rosary beginning at 7 p.m. A memorial has been established for St. Patrick Church and Jones Regional Medical Center. Donations to the family will support these memorials.
He is survived by ten children: Timothy of Houston, Texas, Janelle (Barry) Lipp of Arvada, Colo., Terri (Nick) Gardner of Marion, Laure (Shawn) Doyle of Cedar Rapids, Mary Hermesch (Matt Nelson) of Marion, Michelle (Jim) Stelzer of Rogers, Minn., Monica (Todd) Postel of Anamosa, Madonna (Rich) Klimes of Muscatine, Gerae (John) Turner of San Antonio, Texas, and Joel (Celia) Hermesch of San Antonio, Texas; 21 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Theresa Marie (Marvin) Winkler.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Geraldine; a grandson, John Hermesch; nine brothers; and six sisters.
Lawrence Edwin Hermesch was born, April 20, 1933, in Kelly, Kan. He was the son of Frederick and Mary Caroline (Wessel) Hermesch. He graduated from the Kelly High School with the class of 1951. Lawrence served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He returned from service to farm on the family farm in Kansas. Lawrence Hermesch was united in marriage May 29, 1956, in Kelly, Kan., to Geraldine Hutfles. They farmed near Kelly until 1967 when they purchased a farm near Anamosa. Lawrence also worked off the farm as a driver for Farm Service and the Iowa Men’s Reformatory. In 1978, the family moved to Farmington, N.M., but returned to Anamosa in 1979. Geraldine would precede him in death on Nov. 26, 2013, after 57 years marriage.
Lawrence was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus in the 4th Degree and the Anamosa American Legion. He loved to play cards any time anywhere. Time spent with family and friends was important, as was the time spent with his special friend, Sylvia Albers.