Dec. 9, 1914--Feb. 28, 2006
ONAWA, Iowa -- Katherine Pearson, 91, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, at the Elmwood Care Centre in Onawa.
Katherine was born Dec. 9, 1914, in Omaha, the daughter of Andrew and Anna (Birkholm) Neldeberg. She graduated from North High School in Omaha and then graduated from Dana College in Blair, with a degree in education. She taught in Omaha and then in Wilsonville, where she met Russell E. Pearson. They were married July 2, 1939, in Whiting, Iowa. They moved to Onawa on Nov. 4, 1944, where they owned and operated the Pearson Funeral Home. Mr. Pearson died Aug. 4, 1997, in Onawa.
Katherine was very active in Trinity Lutheran Church in Onawa and later Faith Lutheran Church in Onawa and A.L.C.W. She served several years as president of Trinity Lutheran women's group and was instrumental in establishing the new library at Faith Lutheran Church.
Katherine and Russ were both extremely active in Kiwanis, locally and nationally. She was a past Governor's Kween and served behind the scenes in various capacities, supporting Russ all along the way. They were both instrumental in saving Onawa Depot and bringing to life the Onawa Kiwanis Museum Complex.
In earlier years, Katherine worked enthusiastically with the Brownie and Girl Scout programs, Onawa Rainbow Assembly and church youth groups.
Whenever a helping hand or a caring heart was needed, Katherine always answered the call. But first, and foremost, she was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Pearson of Denver, Colo.; two granddaughters, Kathy Scrivner and Jennifer and husband, Jeff Perry and their two daughters, Abbey and Grace, all of Denver; and nieces and nephews, Dan Neldeberg, Norma Lou Cook, Kurt Neldeberg, Ann Davis, Peggy Briggs and Shirley Bennett.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russ; and two brothers,. Aage and John Neldeberg.
Services will be 11 a.m., Monday, March 6, 2006, at the Pearson Funeral Home in Onawa. Interment will be in the Onawa Cemetery.
Visitation and refreshments will be 4-7 p.m., Sunday, March 5, 2005, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Onawa Kiwanis Museum Endowment Fund.
Pearson Funeral Home of Onawa is in charge of arrangements.