Catherine Rose (Esfeld) Birzer, 95, passed away Feb. 9th, 2020 at Ellinwood District Hospital. She was born to parents Fred & Francis (Monger) Esfeld on Nov. 23rd, 1924 in Great Bend, KS. A lifetime Ellinwood area resident she graduated from Great Bend High School in 1942 and later married Lawrence Birzer at Saint Rose Church in Great Bend, KS on Apr. 27th, 1948. He passed away Feb. 17th, 2011. Catherine worked at Fuzzy's Drive-In and at Dierolf's and Huschka's liquor stores.
Survivors include 2 sons, Melvin (Twila) Birzer, Great Bend, KS and Steve (Brenda) Birzer, Ellinwood, KS; 2 daughters, Jane (Bob) Carr, Edmond, OK and Connie (Keith) Miller, Great Bend, KS. Other survivors include 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by husband, Lawrence Birzer; granddaughter, Patricia Taber; 4 brothers, Fritz, Joe, George, and Dutch; and 1 sister, Agatha.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM, Thurs., Feb. 13th at St. Joseph Church with Father Terrance Klein officiating. Burial will follow at Lakin-Comanche Cemetery in Ellinwood. Visitation will be Wed., Feb. 12th from noon to 5 PM with parish rosary at 3 PM and family present from 3-5 PM at Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood. Vigil service will begin at 7 PM at St. Joseph Church that evening.
Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church or Ellinwood Hospital Auxiliary in care of Minnis Chapel, PO Box 246, Ellinwood, KS 67526.
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