Lydia M. Kann

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Lydia M. Kann, 93, of Guttenberg, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg. 


Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial were March 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guttenberg. Burial followed at Kann-St. Michael Cemetery.  Rev. Marvin Bries officiated.


Pallbearers were Casey Kann, Michelle Volkmann, Naomi Schoniger,  Jason Zmuda, Nicholas Adams and Amanda Johnson.


Lydia Maria Kann was born the daughter of Walter and Marianne (Wiegleb) Hammer on Aug. 14, 1929, in Berlin, Germany.


Lydia received her education at a public school in Berlin, Lichterfelde, Germany, and graduated at age 16. Then, Lydia worked as an apprentice at a greenhouse and attended school one day a week to learn about gardening, where she worked until she was 24.


Following the end of World War II, members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guttenberg sent donations to the Holy Family Catholic Church in Berlin, Germany. Lydia received a blue suit jacket and skirt, with Anna Kann’s mailing address pinned inside a pocket. She wrote a letter to Anna, thanking her for the suit. Anna’s son Virgil Hugo Kann responded and the couple corresponded for a year and a half. On Sept. 9, 1953, Lydia was united in marriage with Virgil at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Berlin, Germany. Lydia joined Virgil on his family’s farm in October 1953 and became a U.S. citizen on Aug. 31, 1960.


Lydia worked on the farm, even learning to drive a tractor. She always had a large vegetable and flower garden. For eight years, she was the head cook for St. Mary’s hot lunch program. Later, she worked part time at the deli in California.


Lydia played piano and loved music. She sang with St. Mary’s choir in Guttenberg. When Lydia and Virgil moved to Solana Beach, Calif., in 1983, Lydia joined the choir at St. James and was a member for 30 years. Lydia lived in California until January 2014, then she moved to the Tower Living Center in Garnavillo. In 2021, Lydia moved to the Guttenberg Care Center.


Throughout her life, Lydia enjoyed to knit, crochet, needlepoint, sew, quilt, craft and do crossword puzzles in English and German. Many of her projects were gifts for family and friends. Lydia was well known for taking pictures during her travels and special events and creating scrapbooks. She played many different kinds of cards and was an expert on the rules of Canasta.


Those left to cherish her memory are her sister Dagmar Prilla and nephew Swen (Gritt) Prilla, Katharina, Johannes and Leonore of Germany. Lydia is survived by her six children, 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. This includes Barbara Miller of Holy Cross, Naomi Schoniger, Jameson, Jameson Jr., Isaiah; Jason (Heidi) Zmuda, Raya, Gwendolyn, Orion; Anthony (Patricia) Zmuda, Odin, Berlin, Soleil; Rebecca (Randy) Adams of Garnavillo, Nicholas (Nova) Adams, Isabella, Ava; Amanda (Steve) Johnson, Joslin, Maisy; Brandon (Samantha) Adams; Peter and (Joyce) Kann of Garnavillo, Kelly  (Brian) Trzesniak, Rhowan, Adalyn; Casey (Kristen) Kann, Ava, Carter, Colten, Aubrey; Roy (Donna) Kann of Guttenberg, Michelle (Benny) Volkmann, Olivia, Anya; Colleen (Adam) Losey, Eleanor, Claire; Rachel (Chris) Wolfe; Paul Kann of Lynwood, Wash., and Andrew Kann of Vista, Calif., Colby, Devin, and Savannah; and sister-in-law Betty Kann of Iowa City.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Virgil; brother Walter Jr., twin baby siblings Hans Juergen and Brigette; sister-in-laws Jeanette (Wilfred) Berns, Arlene (Ray) St. John; brother-in-laws Paul Prilla, Fred (Rosemary) Kann, Owen (Gerry) Kann, Donald (Helen) Kann and Duane Kann.


Morris Funeral Home in Guttenberg is assisting the family and information is available at Memorials may be sent to Morris Funeral Home (in care of the deceased), 207 S. First St, Guttenberg, IA 52052.

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