Catherine C. Quenzer, 97, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 at Victoria Falls Nursing Home in Andover, KS after a short illness.
She was born Nov. 4, 1915 to Henry and Marie (Hamm) Claassen in Paso Robles, CA. She attended German grade school at the Willow Creek farm enclave. She helped her father with the family orchards and dairy cows. She worked in Los Angeles for several years and she worked as a children’s teacher. later she worked as the reception, mail room supervisor and switchboard operator at Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, NE from 1968 to 1984.
She married Abraham H. Schultz Aug. 8, 1939 at the Willow Creek Mennonite Church in Paso Robles. She was widowed in 1967 and more than 20 years later she married Paul Quenzer in 1984.
She and her husband served in Mennonite churches in Henderson, NE, Quakertown, PA, Mountain Lake, MN, Richfield, PA, and Steinbach, Manitoba.
Survivors include sons, Al Schultz and wife, Bonnie of Albion, IN, Rich Schultz and wife, Debby of Arlington, WA, Don Schultz and wife, Diann of Benton; daughters, Ruth Seth and husband, Bob of Liberal and Esther Bartsch and husband, Jim of Cottonwood Falls; daughter-in-law Bette Schultz of Kalispell; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Gertrude Claassen, Marie Claassen, Agathe Lichti, Bertha Lichti and Emily Toevs; two brothers, Ernest Claassen and Eric Claassen; and her son, Ken.