Anna Katrina Letsche first graced us all with her presence on March 15, 1985. Born to Vernon and Rita Letsche, of rural Marcus, she came home to older sisters Kristina and Sarah who greeted her with smiles and hugs. Anna was followed by Paul, Lara, and Karl, making the family complete.
Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen was her extended family and a very big part of her life from baptism through confirmation and she held every office within in the Lutheran Youth Fellowship program. Always ready to take on a Sunday School class and to be a part of the Christian Education Committee, her focus was on making sure others knew the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Anna graduated from Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School in 2003 where she was active in 4-H, played volleyball and softball, participated in track, jazz band, concert band, choir, speech, drama and was a daycare helper while in high school. She really enjoyed being in the Madrigal.
From the time she was a little girl she loved riding bikes, playing softball and volleyball with her family and friends. Her hobbies included going to movies, cooking, canning, sewing, crafts, camping, and canoeing.
In 2007 Anna graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in family and consumer science, enabling her to put her passion for helping others by working for Mid-Sioux Opportunity out of Remsen, South Dakota State University Extension and Iowa State University Extension in Sioux and Lyon counties. She recently began work at the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.
Family, friends and a fun celebrations were her treasure. One favorite was brother Paul's marriage to Lauren where she gave one of the readings. Others were the marriages of good friends Lauren and Byron Morris and Erin and Owen Koch.
When Anna wanted to do something she didn't let anything stand in her way. She was recommended by a teacher for a trip to Australia and New Zealand with people she had never met and she jumped at the chance. She has traveled to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and Hawaii and she even took a mission trip to Alaska. Whenever she returned from her journeys she would put together a program to show others what she had seen and talked about what she had learned. She was a good public speaker with a heart for what she was presenting.
Though she loved to travel she was also at home on the family farm. She did many chores, both inside and outside of the house, when she was needed.
Anna was a constant help when Rita had surgery, nursing her back to health and running the household at the same time.
Anna is survived by her paternal grandmother, Evelyn Letsche, of Remsen; parents, Vernon and Rita Letsche, of Remsen, Kristina Letsche, of Le Mars, sister and brothers, Sarah Letsche, of Remsen, Paul and Lauren Letsche, of Bettendorf, Lara Letsche, of Remsen, and Karl Letsche, of Remsen.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church LCMS in Remsen, with the Rev. Dennis Martens officiating. Burial will be in the Remsen Community Cemetery in Remsen. Friends may call any time after 4 p.m. Friday, and there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Christ Lutheran Church LCMS in Remsen. Services have been entrusted to FischFuneral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Casket bearers, all cousins, will be Daniel Letsche, Jason Letsche, Justin Nelson, Jordan Walker, Jesse Nitzschke, Chase Letsche, and Brett Letsche.
Anna's family, friends and associates will remember how quick she was with a smile and how she truly was a giver in this life. On Dec. 17, 2012, her last earthly gift was to give of herself as an organ donor so others might have a merrier Christmas.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.