Cora Utesch, 94, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003 at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Cora Elizabeth Casler was born March 12, 1909, in Seney, the daughter of William and Martha (Hughes) Casler. Cora attended country school near Merrill, and later Merrill High School.
Cora was united in marriage to Edward P. Utesch on Feb. 16, 1927, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Johnson Township, rural Merrill. Ed and Cora farmed near Merrill and later moved to a farm north of Le Mars where they lived until retiring. They moved to Le Mars in February 1973. Ed died Oct. 9, 1979. After Ed died, Cora enjoyed spending the winter months in Oklahoma and Texas with her daughters.
Cora was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. She treasured the time with her children and grandchildren. She has made her home at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars since November 1995.
Survivors include her children, Donna Whitaker of Frisco, Texas, Lois Johnson and Edward and Marilyn Utesch, all of Le Mars; a son-in-law, Donald Witt of Bartelsville, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren, David Witt, Linda Sohl, Stephen Witt, Jeffrey Witt, Donita Wendt, Kathleen Rice, Phillip Whitaker Jr., Paul Whitaker, Susan Cook, Prescott Whitaker, Charles Johnson, Robert Johnson, Michael Johnson, Beth Robey, and Mark Utesch; 27 great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Ella Utesch of Akron.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Joyce Witt on June 7, 1999; two sons-in-law, Phillip Whitaker and Melvin Johnson; two great-grandsons, Warren Rice and Russell Whitaker; four sisters, Mildred Galland, Alva Jaynes, Ruth Waite, and Mary Ellen Schwartzkopf; and a brother, George Casler.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. in Le Mars with the Rev. Gary Landsness officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitations will be after 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Cora's grandsons.