Kathryn Gunnette Grabin, 94, passed peacefully away on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center, Coralville, due to complications of congestive heart failure. Funeral services were held March 12, at Lensing Funeral Home in Iowa City. Burial was at the Grabin Cemetery north of Oxford.
Kathryn Vernell Gunnette was born on May 12, 1919, in Fulton, Mo., the only child of Vern and Jessie (Willey) Gunnette. She graduated from City High School, Iowa City, in 1939, and attended the University of Iowa. Kathryn was employed by Collins Radio Company and lived in Cedar Rapids. On Feb. 6, 1944, she married Vincent Francis Grabin at her parent’s home in Iowa City, two weeks before Vincent entered the U.S. Army. After Vince returned home from military service in 1946, they made their permanent home on the Paul Erusha family farm, north of Oxford, where his mother had been raised.
Kathryn was a devoted wife and mother, who loved her family and many friends, and cherished the times with them. She is survived by her three children, Gayle A. Stratton of Oxford; Samuel (Sammy) Grabin of North Liberty; and Sue-Ellen (Brian) Sherman of Morning Sun, and two grandchildren, Benjamin (Dawn) Stratton of New York, N.Y., and Christopher S. Grabin and Amber Phelps of Homestead. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law Betty Mae Grabin of Coralville, and one brother and sister-in-law Ray and Dorothy Grabin of Oxford and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Vincent on June 19, 2011.
Memorial donations may be made to Iowa City Hospice. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lensingfuneral.com .