Obituary of WGS Charter Member Anna Paasch

Anna E. Paasch

Anna Emma Kock, the daughter of Arthur and Bertha Williams Kock, was born on May 7, 1920 in Cumberland, Iowa. The following year her parents moved back to the Walnut area and she has lived in this area since then. She attended Monroe #9 country school through the eighth grade and then attended Walnut High School graduating as Valedictorian of her class in 1937. She was a student at Dana College for one year. After her schooling she was employed at the Shelby County AAA Office in Harlan from 1938 through 1943 and then worked in Omaha at Byron Reed Company as a secretary until 1950.

Anna was united in marriage to Vernon Paasch on August 20, 1950 in Walnut, Iowa. She was employed by the Walnut State Bank from 1951 until her retirement in 1983. At that time she was Cashier, Trust Officer and member of the Board of Directors. Vernon and Anna celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2000 and held an open house at the Villager to celebrate the occasion.

Anna has been a member of the Peace United Church of Christ since 1935, the year she and Vernon were confirmed. Anna taught Sunday school for several years, sang in the choir, was a member and officer of the Church Board and served on the Peace Haven Board of Directors for two terms.

Anna died on Sunday, March 19, 2006 at Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn. She had attained the age of eighty five years, ten months and twelve days. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

She is survived by her sister, Letty Johnson of Atlantic, Iowa, niece Kris Haver; grand nephew, Jeremy Haver and grand niece, Kelsey from Redding, Pennsylvania; step nephew Jeff Johnson of Falls City, Oregon and many relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held March 23, 2006 at the Peace United Church of Christ in Walnut, Iowa with Rev. Gail Muckey officiating.

Jan Highfill was musician for the services. Anna’s sister, Letty, presented a vocal tribute and Kris Haver was the eulogist and soloist. The floral committee was Bev Kleen and Marilyn Mundorf. Honorary casketbearers were George Mertz, Albert Warnke, Bob Andersen and Milton Mueller.

Casketbearers were John Clayton, Jim Sulhoff, Burnal Kleen, Byron Dean, Ean Wasser and Larry Koch.

Interment was in the Layton Township Cemetery in Walnut, Iowa.