May 22, 1933 - Oct. 14, 2009
IMPERIAL -- Connie Kuecker, 76, died Wednesday (Oct. 14, 2009) at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial.
She was born at the family home south of Enders on May 22, 1933, to William H. "Bill" and Agnes "Peggy" (Walling) Haarberg. She was baptized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church near Enders on June 6, 1933, and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta on Aug. 25, 1946.
She grew up south of Wauneta and graduated from Wauneta High School in 1949. She graduated from Concordia University in Seward with a teacher's certificate in 1952. She then taught elementary school at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Whittmore, Iowa for three years.
She married Kermit Kuecker in Algona, Iowa on June 27, 1954, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta. They farmed near Algona before moving to Columbus in 1966 and to Schuyler in 1967. While in Schuyler she led 4-H groups and gave piano lessons. The family moved to Imperial in 1974.
She was active in the Lutheran Church as a young adult and served as a church organist and as a Sunday school teacher both at Trinity Lutheran and Schuyler and Zion Lutheran in Imperial. She also served as church secretary at Zion Lutheran for nearly 20 years and was active with the Willing Workers and Lutheran Laymans League.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Peggy Haarberg and two infant sons in 1955 and 1956.
Survivors include her husband, Kermit of Imperial; daughters, Kathleen Asay of Rochester, Minn., Carol Kuecker of Phoenix, Ariz., Rebecca Bish and husband, Jim of Manassas, Va., Marcia Hunter and husband, Mike of Des Moines, Iowa and Jacquelyn Bailey and husband, Ray of Chicago, Ill.; brothers, Eugene Haarberg and wife, Kay of Imperial and Lorris Haarberg and wife, Ruth of Arapahoe; sister, Marilyn Baldonado and husband, Paul of Fort Scott, Kan.; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday, 10 a.m. (MT) at Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial with the Rev. Davis Kahle officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial.
Visitation will be Friday until 6 p.m. (MT) at Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial.
A memorial has been established to the Imperial Senior Center and Imperial Public Library.
Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.