November 5, 2020
Alvira Mary Kathman, 90, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, with a rosary preceding at 1:30 p.m. at St. Stephens Catholic Church south of Lawrence with Father Corey Harr-ison officiating. Burial followed at the St. Stephens Cemetery. There was no viewing or visitation. Memorials may be directed to the family to be designated at a later date. Private condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.mertenbutlermortuary. com. Merten Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
Alvira was born on July 31, 1930, to William and Adeline (Himmelberg) Schumm. Alvira married Ralph P. Kathman on Jan. 4, 1949, at St. Stephens Church south of Lawrence. To this union six children were born. They lived, farmed and raised their family in the Webster County area. Alvira retired to live in Lawrence in 1995. She moved to Homestead Assisted Living in Hastings in June, 2019. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, scrabble and visiting family. She for cared children and enjoyed her time volunteering at Sacred Heart School. Her life’s greatest accomplishment was helping family and caring for her grandchildren.
Alvira is survived by daughters, Mary (Larry) Faimon, Karen (Robert) Hofstetter, Carol (Terry) Buschkoetter, Jan (Charlie) Menke of Lawrence and Sue (Dean) Stromer of Hastings; 15 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren; siblings, Josephine Mangers of Roseland, Betty Classen of Glenvil and Gib (Sharon) Schumm of Hastings.
Alvira was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, and young son, James; her sisters, Edna Hajny, Martha Karmazin, Lorene Klein, Eileen Westcoat; brothers, William, Sylvester, Leonard and Leroy; and numerous sister and brother in-laws.