Nathalia A. Schwebach, 90, of Alton, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at Orange City Municipal Hospital in Orange City.
Nathalia A. Schwebach was born Oct. 9, 1914, at rural Alton, the daughter of Theodore and Alvina (Miller) Steichen. Nathalia was raised in the Alton area and received her education in both the rural school system and St. Mary's Academy in Alton until the sixth grade. She obtained her GED at the age of 71 from Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) in Sheldon.
On Aug. 4, 1936, she married Theodore Schwebach at Alton. They lived in the Alton area. Theodore died Jan. 10, 1973, and Nathalia moved into Alton in the spring of 1980.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Alton, church Guild, St. Mary's Rosary Society, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 50 years.
Survivors include seven daughters, Pearl and her husband, Donald Schnepf of Oyens, Helen Saint Peter of Moville, Rose Mary Wald of Minneapolis, Minn., Theresa Bunts of Alton, Donna and her husband, Dennis Ailts, and Charlene and her husband, Dennis Titus, all of Sioux City, Lorraine and her husband, Bart Marshall of Hawarden; eight sons, Paul and his wife, Bernice of Plymouth, Minn., Richard and his wife, Virginia of Washburn, Marvin of Coon Rapids, Minn., Rodney and his wife, Marlys, Walter and his wife, Jo Ann, Stephen and his wife, Lorna, Leon and his special friend, Nancy Laymon, all of Alton, Larry and his wife Patsy of Paullina; 37 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Behrens of Evansville, Minn., and Marjorie Lindquist of Hayward, Wis.; and two sisters-in-law, Alice Steichen of Elgin, Ill., and Maria Steichen of Houston, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, David; one granddaughter, Kelli Sue Schnepf; one great-granddaughter, Jessica Thomas; three sisters, Audrey Smith, Catherine Daum, Florence Stadie; and seven brothers, Alvin, Milo, Vernon, Sylvester, Robert, Howard and James Steichen.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton with the Rev. John Vakulskas officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Alton. Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a rosary at 3 p.m. by St. Mary's Rosary Society and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at St. Mary's Church in Alton. The Fisch Funeral Home of Remsen is in charge of arrangements.