Cleo E. Loutsch, 85, of Remsen, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen.
Cleo E. Loutsch was born April 24, 1919, at rural Remsen, the daugher of John and Rose (Bohnenkamp) Ludwig. She was raised in the Remsen area and received her education at St. Mary's Catholic School from which she graduated in 1936. On Jan. 20, 1941, she married John Loutsch at Remsen. They made their home near Oyens where they were engaged in farming for two years. Next they moved to a farm in Marion Township near Remsen and farmed there for three years. They then bought a farm in Meadow Township near Remsen where they farmed until retiring and moving into Remsen in February 1982. John died Oct. 30, 1995. Cleo had been a resident of the Happy Siesta since Jan. 22, 2001.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and church Guild, Catholic Daughters of America, past member of the Blue Army Prayer Group, and served as a Eucharistic Minister for 15 years. She ironed the altar boy surpluses for over 30 years.
Survivors include one son, Daniel and his wife, Pat, and one daughter, Rosanne and her husband, Steve Plathe, all of Remsen; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mildred and her husband, Lawrence Roling, and Joan Schroeder, all of Remsen, Lola Holbrook of Los Angeles, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by eight sisters, two in infancy, Eleanor Nilles, Evelyn Galles, Rosena Hughes, Callista Doherty, Lucille Price and Rose Mary Kenney; and one brother, Frank Ludwig.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery at Remsen.
Visitation was after 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen, with a rosary at 3 p.m. by St. Mary's Guild and the Catholic Daughters of America and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Pallbearers were Renada and Roman Siciunas, Jill and Matt Loutsch, and Chad and Angela Plathe.