October 12, 1929 – December 19, 2012
Kathlyn “Katie” Carpenter died Wednesday night from Alzheimer’s disease, at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines, Iowa. Born to Clara and William Koch in Norfolk, Nebraska, October 12, 1929, she graduated from St. Teresa College for Women, Winona, Minnesota, and taught high school English and music in Wisconsin prior to joining the Nebraska State Bankers Association in Omaha as secretary to the Administrator. In 1954 she married George C. Carpenter, III, in Omaha, and in 1960 with their children, Catherine and George IV, they moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and finally in 1964 to Des Moines where they remained.
Katie was a member of the Junior Leagues of Omaha, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, former President of the Founders Garden Club in Des Moines and served on the early board of the Des Moines Botanical Center and Multiple Sclerosis Board of Directors. She particularly enjoyed time spent as a volunteer at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, the Des Moines Art Center, her stimulating book clubs and gatherings with her close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Beverly K. Sydow and is survived by her husband, George; daughter, Catherine E. Carpenter (David Baker) of Evanston, Illinois; son, George C. Carpenter, IV (Jill Carpenter) of Laguna Niguel, California; a sister, Jean K. Swoboda of Omaha, Nebraska; and six dearly loved grandchildren, Jeff, Jake and Jennifer Carpenter and John, Owen and Helen Baker. Most appreciated was the very warm caring and professional treatment provided Katie by Drs. Mouw, Buroker and Bender for her cancer and Alzheimer’s illnesses, which were diagnosed almost simultaneously several years ago, and the loving and personal attention from the staff of Arbor Springs in West Des Moines during her residence.
The family would enjoy meeting with friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 27 at The Park at Southern Hills Center, 2929 Fox Run. A private family service is scheduled in the Chapel of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul the following day. A musical tribute in her memory is planned next spring at the Brenton Arboretum.
Arrangements by Iles Funeral Homes~Dunn’s ChapelInformation provided by: Iles Funeral Homes Dunn’s Chapel 2121 Grand Ave Des Moines, IA 50312 www.ilesfuneralhomes.com