I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the Crown of Righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me this day. 2 Timothy 4:7.
ROUNDUP — Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, Kathryn H. Stahl, age 77, passed away quietly in her sleep on Nov. 23, 2010, surrounded by family. Our family had the privilege of caring for her during a five-year illness from complications of a stroke.
Kathryn was born on Oct. 20, 1933, at Beadle Colony near Huron, S.D. In 1935, her family relocated to King Colony near Lewistown. She lived there until her marriage to Martin Stahl of Ayers Colony at Grass Range on June 14, 1953. From this happy union, 10 children were born.
Family was everything to Mom and she poured her heart and soul into raising us to be good God-abiding individuals. During this time, she worked side by side with Martin in the colony's commercial dairy barn for 25 years. Kathryn also worked with Dad as his bookkeeper for the colony's farm and ranch business. Because she was so adamant that we receive a good education, she was instrumental in getting a public certified school district for the colony. She worked many years as the clerk for the Ayers Colony School.
In 1980, the family moved to Fords Creek Colony, north of Grass Range. Kathryn's green thumb played a major role in many years of a huge and prosperous garden and greenhouse. She had many different jobs in her lifetime as a senior member of the colony and each one she took on with joyous enthusiasm. She loved any kind of handcraft and loved learning new things. Before her illness, she was taking computer classes. “You're never too old to learn new things,” she used to say. She especially loved going into classrooms with the grandkids to demonstrate with her spinning wheel. She wanted to make sure that our old way of life was preserved by passing on her knowledge of the Hutterite heritage, and she always supported and respected her children's choices.
Kathryn semi-retired when the family moved to Kilby Butte Colony at Roundup in 1992. She still loved to garden, cook, and help in the colony's meat processing shop. Mom loved to fish and it was not unusual to see “Angkela,” with tackle box and fishing pole in hand, headed to the river with a trail of grandkids behind her.
Surviving Kathryn is her husband of 57 years, Martin Stahl; daughter Kathy (Rev. Joe E.) Hofer of Regina, Sask., grandchildren Priscilla (Joel), Wesley (Edna), Diane, Janice, Martin, Erin and Valerie and great-grandkids Vanessa and Victoria; daughter Helen (Min. Ed) Stahl of Grass Range, grandchildren Pam (Sammy), Eric (Judy) and great-grandkids, Celine and Jethro; daughter Sarah Stahl of Luxemburg, Wis., grandson Luke and great-grandkids Leiba and Veda; son Rev. Steve (Sara) Stahl, of Roundup, grandchildren, James, Carla, Janet, and Gary, Son Joe (Mary Ann) Stahl of Roundup, grandchildren, Ivan, Carol, Leah, Kady, David, and Jacob, Son Tony (Ruth) Stahl of Shepherd, grandchildren, Reba, Megan and Cody and great-grandson, Gabe, Daughter Miriam (Gideon) Hofer of Cardston, Alberta, and grandson, Tobias; son George (Rosa) Stahl of Roundup, grandchildren, Nicole, Natalie, Conrad, Kelly, and Kimmie; daughter Abby (Tom) Hinthorne of Billings, granddaughter, Kendahl; and daughter, Barbie (Jay) Pelan of Roundup and grandchildren Aaron and Caitlin; brothers Reverend Sam (Sara) and George (Elizabeth) Hofer; and sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Joe) Hofer of Stanford; sister Susie (Dave) Stahl of Gildford; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Kathrina Hofer; brothers, Jake and Joe Hofer; and three granddaughters, Michelle, Naomi and Kathleen.
Funeral services will be on Friday, Nov. 26, at Kilby Butte Colony at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Kilby Butte Colony Cemetery. There will be a wake on Thursday, Nov. 25, throughout the evening. Wier Funeral Home of Roundup is in charge of arrangements.
Rest in Peace, Our Sweet Mom!