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Katherine Anna Drusch

Katherine Anna Drusch, age 94 of Delano, and formerly of Montrose, died Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Delano Health Care Center.

She was born July 29, 1911 in Omaha, Neb. at the home of her parents, Frederick Albert (Albert) and Gertrude Margret (Leeder) Gloege. At the age of 8, after the loss of her mother, Katherine came to Delano, where she was lovingly raised by her aunt and uncle, Lena and Leonard Mielke. She was baptized March 1, 1931 by the Rev. E. M. Bauer.

Katherine was united in marriage to Frederick C. Drusch Nov. 17, 1931 in Cumberland, Wis. by the Rev. E. F. Brandt.

She was confirmed Jan. 20, 1932 at Mt. Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church by the Rev. Bruns. Katherine remained a faithful member of Mt. Olive and served in the women’s club there most of her life.

Fred and Katherine’s marriage was blessed with three children; Donald, Harvey, and Elaine. The family made their home on the family farm, south of Montrose.

In 1967, they sold the farm and moved to Delano, residing on Elm Avenue for many years. When their health became an issue, Fred and Katherine stayed with their daughter, Elaine, in her home. Fred and Katherine later shared a room at the Delano Health Care Center.

Katherine was a hard-working farmer’s wife. She always referred to the “farm days” as the best days of her life.

After moving to Delano, Katherine worked for seven years at the Delano Nursing Home as a second cook. She later was employed at Bodo’s Cafe.

Eventually, she began a career baking cookies for the downtown Delano restaurants, including Bodo’s, The Crow River Inn, and Taylor’s Family Restaurant. Her chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and ginger molasses cookie recipes are still being enjoyed today.

Katherine and her husband were also employed by Butterfield Evergreens. They spent many years tying bows and handwiring pine cones for Christmas wreaths.

One of Katherine’s best-loved hobbies was gardening. She spent a lot of time nurturing and loving her annual and perennial flowers, only to share them with others.

To those who knew and loved her, Katherine will always be remembered for her kind and giving heart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; her parents, Gertrude and Albert Gloege; sisters-in-law Tina Drusch, Lena Carstensen (Carl), Emma Gloege (Henry), and Elsie Jans (Herbert); daughters-in-law Arlene and Lorraine Drusch; son-in-law Richard Rolf; grandson Leslie Drusch; and great-grandaughter Kara Stevens.

Katherine is survived by sons Donald (Ruby) and Harvey Drusch; daughter Elaine (Larry) Heyer; daughter-in-law Darlene Drusch; 17 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; many other “adopted grandchildren;” and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul Marggraf officiating. Music was provided by Katie Stevens, and the Mt. Olive School junior choir.

Arrangements were handled by Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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