ALTON -- Cletus Konz, 81, of Alton, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at his home.
Cletus Konz was born July 24, 1922 at rural Alton, the son of John P. and Theresa (Mousel) Konz. He was reared in the Alton area and received his education in both the rural school system and St. Mary's Academy in Alton. He then was engaged in farming with his father.
On June 17, 1947,he married Mary Quirin at Marcus. They farmed near Alton for 25 years and then moved into Alton in 1972. He was then employed at the Alton Rendering Works in Alton from 1972 until retiring in 1987. Mary died Dec. 26, 1996.
Cletus was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church at Alton, Knights of Columbus and Sportsman Club, both of Remsen.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and gardening.
Survivors include: three daughters and their families, Maryann Duff of Kansas City, Mo., and her children, Valerie and Theodore; Karen and her husband, Phillip Willett of Aurora, Colo., and their children, Phillip and his wife Julie, Paul, Karen and her husband Mike Mueller, and Kristine; Barbara and her husband, Carl Brenneman of Brentwood, Tenn., and their children, Miranda, Ashley, Kayla, Andrew and Carly; two sons and their families, Jack and his wife Wanda of Johnston, and their son Nicholas and his wife Andrea, and daughters, Andrea and Amy; Steve and his wife Coryne of Sioux Falls, S.D., and their children, Beau, Kassi and Brenna; six great-grandchildren, Nikita, Mary, Phillip and Amy Willett, Nathan Mueller, Wray Szenderski; two sisters and their husbands, Margaret and Wally Lehnertz of Redmond, Ore., Viola and Ray Krier of Remsen; three brothers and their families, Francis and his wife Agnes, Ronald, Peter and his wife Delores, all of Alton; and one sister-in-law, Bernice Konz of Rock Valley.
Cletus was preceded in death by his wife; one son-in-law, Robert Duff; one sister, Leola Ricke; three brothers, Melvin and Ferdinand, both in infancy, Robert.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton, with the Rev. John Vakulskas officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Alton.
Visitation is after 2 p.m. Tuesday with a rosary by St. Mary's Rosary Society at 3 p.m., rosary by the Knights of Columbus at 7 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the church.
The Fisch Funeral Home at Remsen is in charge of arrangements.