Loma Fay Billmeyer Kerkenbush, of Winona, Minn., passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014, following a brief illness.
Loma was born on November 21, 1926, in Sand Springs, Iowa, to Henry J. and Catherine L. (Drees) Billmeyer. At the age of 1 ˝ , the family moved to Greeley, Iowa, where she graduated from high school. She was a graduate of Bayless College in Dubuque, Iowa.
On September 7, 1948, she married Irvin “Kerk” Kerkenbush, at St. Joseph’s Church, in Greeley, Iowa. They moved to Winona as Kerk worked for the US Army Corp of Engineers. As Kerk was promoted, they lived in Guttenberg, Iowa, Red Wing, Minn., and at Lock & Dam 5 in Minnesota City, Minn., before moving into Winona in 1976. Kerk preceded her in death on January 14, 2010.
Loma was employed at Whittaker Marine, North American Rockwell International, and Winona Industries. She retired in 1987.
She was a member of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Winona Court 191, and has enjoyed being part of the Lee-Ann Estate Sales group.
She is survived by her son, Jim (Diane) Winona, Minn.; daughters, Janaan (Rick) Duellman, Cameron, Wis., and Jane (Doug) Case, Rochester, Minn.; grandchildren, Peter (Lisa) Krall, Plymouth, Minn., Anjanette Clark, Los Angeles, CA, John (Angie) Kerkenbush, Winona, Minn., Greg (Zendyn) Duellman, Charlotte, NC, Scott Duellman, St. Louis, MO, Jake (Jenna) Case, Brookings, SD, Zach (Ali) Case, Ankeny, Iowa, and Brock Case, Rochester, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Luke, Evelyn, Carson, Ava, Malcolm, Zane, and a great-granddaughter expected in June; sister, Kathy (Ken) Meyer, Dyersville, Iowa; nieces and nephews, as well as other relatives and friends. Loma was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, John, and sister-in-law, Marie Billmeyer.
In her later years, Loma was comforted by her toy poodle, Chelsea, who was her loyal companion. She will always be remembered for her love of family, great family meals, and her delicious pies.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Hargesheimer will officiate.
Loma will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home on Monday, March 3, 2014, from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Loma’s grandsons and a nephew.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Make a Wish Foundation or Team Vogel.
Loma’s family would also like to thank Winona Area Hospice for their care and support.
Online condolences or memories may be left for Loma’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.
Entrusted to our care – Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home.