Kathryn L. (Parsons) Sida, 86, of rural Solon, died peacefully following a brief illness on Saturday morning, Feb. 1, 2014, at the Solon Nursing Care Center surrounded by her loving family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, where a rosary was recited and a Parish Vigil Service held. Visitation will also be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Church. A memorial fund has been established in Kathryn’s name
Kathryn Louise Parsons was born May 18, 1927, in Graham Township in rural Johnson County, the daughter of Eugene and Clara (Stebral) Parsons. She married Leo J. Sida on April 15, 1947, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City. They enjoyed over 58 wonderful years of married life together prior to Leo’s death in 2005.
Kathryn attended Burr Oak Country School in Graham Township and graduated from University High School in Iowa City in 1945. After graduation, Kathryn worked at Gordon Van Tine Hardware Store in Iowa City as a store clerk and bookkeeper.
Kathryn so enjoyed being a farm wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma. She enjoyed caring for her family and home, cooking, gardening, completing word-search puzzles and newspaper scrapbooks, raising chickens, and helping her husband with field work and chores on the farm. Leo and Kathryn enjoyed going to dances, family gatherings, fishing trips, family vacations, and attending school and music performances for which their daughter and granddaughter performed.
Kathryn was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City. In May 2010, Kathryn became a resident of the Solon Assisted Living Village and in January 2012 she moved to the Solon Nursing Care Center.
Kathryn was a hard-working, humble individual with a friendly and caring personality. She had a little smile that warmed the hearts of those who cared for her at the Solon Retirement Village.
Survivors include her daughter, Beverly Poduska of Solon, granddaughter Cheryl Kuhlman and husband Aaron, and great-granddaughter Katelyn Kuhlman all of Fort Dodge; a brother and sister-in-law George and Delores Parsons of rural Iowa City; a sister and brother-in-law Leona and Victor Mougin of Iowa City; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, Leo J. Sida, who passed away on Aug. 9, 2005; her parents, Eugene and Clara (Stebral) Parsons; and her son-in-law Daniel Poduska, who died on May 23, 2005.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lensingfuneral.com