Kathleen "Ketz" Griess
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Kathleen "Ketz" Griess, age 86 of Hartington, Nebraska, died Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in Hartington.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Monday, August 31, 2015, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Reverend Jeffery Loseke officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington.  Visitation is from 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with a vigil service at 5:00 PM.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be Ketz's grandchildren.

Ketz was born December 29, 1928, in Menominee, Nebraska, to Boniface and Mary (Havermann) Goeden.  She lived on a farm in Menominee for a few years until moving just south of Pleasant Valley, Nebraska, where she attended country school. After graduating from Beauty School in Sioux City, Iowa, she married Marvin D. Griess on June 14, 1948 in Hartington, Nebraska.  Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Hartington, where Ketz started Kathleen's Beauty Shop. She spent many years working and raising her nine children. She retired from the beauty shop in 1988.

Ketz was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where she kept a holy hour for many years.  She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters, Christian Mothers, VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary.  She was an avid sports fan who learned to love the game of baseball by being the catcher for her brothers.  Ketz's love of sports allowed her to accomplish a hole in one at age 65 and a record high bowling series of 646.  Ketz's family was the most important thing in her life and she loved having all of them together.  She was instrumental in starting the Annual Family golf tournament and Picnic which has continued for the past 30 years.  Ketz learned at a young age that the best way to show your love for others is by feeding them, and she did it well.  She truly lived a Christian life. She was a wonderful role model to her family on how to treat one another and how to live your life with faith.  She was a kind and generous woman who cared for everyone.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Marv Griess of Hartington; nine children: Susan Wiggins of Omaha, Nebraska; Sally (Gene) Lienemann of Omaha; Sharon Griess of Omaha; Jim (Robin) Griess of Omaha; Jeff (Barb) Griess of Grand Island, Nebraska; Ron (Jill) Griess of Yankton, South Dakota; Joni (Doug) Stevens of Fordyce, Nebraska; Nancy Feilmeier and Eric of Hartington; and Lori (John) Bargstadt of Omaha; 23 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; three sisters: Genevieve "Mitz" McCullough of Sioux City, Iowa; Joann (Gene) Hirschman of Dakota City, Nebraska; and Gladys Kramer Tacke of Yankton.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law, Jean Griess; son-in-law, Larry Wiggins; sister, Esther Kuchta; and five brothers: Emil, Bud, Norm, Kenny and Don Goeden.




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I am very sorry for your loss to all the Griess family my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this trying time.

Guillermo Orquiz


May your memories last for eternity and bring fond joyful moments as you pass this difficult time. Memories that are shared with relative and friends help as time passes away. My sincere thoughts!

Robert Zon


You are all in my prayers. I'm so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you,

Pat Ticknor


Sending you heartfelt sympathies and condolences on the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Wanda Foster


I am sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers during this difficult time.

Jeannie Taylor


So sorry to all of you in the loss of your wife and mother. May the memories you have made thru the years bring smiles instead of tears as she would want!! Prayers to all.

Denise Lammers Webbert


Our sincere aloha to all the Griess family on the passing of your beautiful wife and mom. Her kindness will carry you all in God's hands during this sad time. But know that she is in good hands and at peace.

Aloha, Kathy McCullough and family


We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. (She gave me my first haircut!) She was a great lady who will be greatly missed!

Rhea and Bob Geary


To my childhood neighbors and classmates, I send my love and prayers to you for the loss of your mom. May your faith, love of each other and memories comfort you.

Susan Climer Rohan


Dear Griess family,

I was so sad to hear of Ketz's passing. You have my deepest sympathy. Ketz was an extraordinary woman whom I admired. I loved her giggle! You all are in my prayers. May Ketz be at peace.

Karen Haberer


So sorry for your loss. I knew I recognized her name when i saw it. She fixed my hair for my senior pictures 50 years ago. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her.

Linda (Rupiper) Coe


To all the Griess family, so sorry to hear of Ketz's passing, our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you and  your are all in our prayers.

Bob & Dixie Feuerstein


So sorry for your loss.  I remember Ketz always with a ready smile and a friendly greeting.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary Jean Schulte Puls


Marv and all of your family,

My sympathies and prayers go to you all. I have many fond memories of your family from my years growing up and working in Hartington. Your and Ketz's legacy is a wonderful family and many, many fine friends.

Sincerely, David Levorson

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