In Memory of

Maureen Kohn

September 11, 1930 - December 8, 2014
Rita Maureen Timmins was born on September 11, 1930, in her family's home in rural Kinglsey, IA. She is the second daughter of J. Emmett and Mary (Werthman) Timmins. She grew up in rural Plymouth, Woodbury and Cherokee counties. She graduated from Immaculate Conception Catholic High School in Cherokee in 1948, and was valedictorian of the senior class. Following her graduation, she worked at Timmins' Real Estate, JC Penney's and the Cherokee Mental Health Institute. Maureen married Donald A. Kohn on October 8, 1951. She and Donnie raised 8 children on the Kohn family farm in Rock Township, Cherokee County, IA. The family began attending the Visitation Maryhill Parish in 1952. Maureen became the song leader in 1967, and continued to do so until retiring from the position in 2007. She continued her stewardship at that time by singing the in I.C. Funeral Choir. Maureen was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Maryhill Guild. She was active within the church community by being an extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, lector, CCD teacher, and working on many church committees until the church was demolished by a storm in August of 2006. Through the Maryhill Parish, Maureen was blessed with many lifelong friends, including Fr. Gene Sitzmann and the members of her Birthday Club. She was devoted to Mother Mary, and prayed the Rosary daily. She also made rosaries for the Catholic missions. Maureen modeled her Catholic faith to her children and grandchildren. On November 23, 1974, Maureen lost her husband, Donnie--leaving her with three college-aged children and five younger children still at home. She and the children continued farming with the assistance of her brother-in-law, Marvin Kohn, and nephew, Leo. Maureen re-entered the workforce shortly after Donnie's death, working for Simonsen Manufacturing in Quimby, IA. She retired in 2001. In 1993, she moved from the farm into town, living in a little brown house in Spring Lake Park. She lived in the park until 2013, when her home was damaged in the flood on Memorial Day. At that time, she relocated to Countryside Assisted Living. Maureen enjoyed gardening, singing at local nursing homes, reading, country music and cross-stitching. She rarely kept her stitching creations to herself, often sharing them with friends and family. She was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the Oakland Raiders. She attended their games in Kansas City with her son, Steven and his family. Maureen enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren--especially annual picnics at the little brown house following the Rodeo Parade and prior to the Fourth of July Fireworks in the park. Survivors include her children: Daniel Kohn of Sioux City, IA, Paula Kohn of Sioux City, IA, Marty (Melissa) Kohn of Cherokee, Steve (Patty) Kohn of Spring Hill, KS, Mary Ann (Jock) Rollison of McCook Lake, SD, Chris (Nancy)Kohn of Quimby, IA, and Gerard (Donna) Kohn of Cherokee, IA; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Marianne Timmins, Connie Baum and Kathy Duddy; sister-in-law Kitty Kohn; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. Maureen was preceded in death by her husband, Donnie, a son, Michael, and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. The family suggests donations in Maureen's name be directed to the Maryhill Rosary Shrine through the Immaculate Conception Church, or to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther and Father Gene Sitzmann
Daniel Kohn Martin Kohn Steven Kohn Christopher Kohn Gerard Kohn Jock Rollison HONORARY CASKETBEARERS Don and Shirley Bright Ronald Hultman Steve Thill Duane Mummert Roni Timmerman Mark Simonsen Rick Simonsen Jeff Simonsen Bill Foley, Jr.
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 12, 2014, at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. The Catholic Daughters will recite the rosary at 4:00 p.m., and a prayer service will follow the visitation at 7:00 p.m.
Organist - Charlotte Groves I.C. Funeral Choir
Maryhill Visitation Cemetery in rural Cherokee.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I was so sad to learn of my aunt Maureen's passing. There are several things I always will remember about her such as strength in character, family, and beliefs. She had a great love for her family too, including her children and grand-children. All these things gave her the conviction to carry on after Don's passing, and hold her family together. She also was generous, caring, and friendly and had an easy conversational style. She met my children last July and they hit it off immediately, talking sports, family, what it is like to have children, seeing Mt. Rushmore, among other things. We were fortunate to have had the chance. We will all miss her, but we know she has everlasting peace.”
- James C Baum
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I always enjoyed visiting with Maureen. She made you feel welcome immediately. My prayers and sympathy to her family”
- Mary E Erickson
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My sympathy to all of Maureen's family. She was such a sweet lady and such a wonderful person. I am so sorry for your loss and am keeping you all in my prayers during this difficult time.”
- Janet M Beazley
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Our family and the Timmins family were neighbors when I was growing up. We have many memories of those days and I played for Maureen when she was singing on many occasions. She was such a good friend and neighbor. My husband, Jim Ryan, and I send our thoughts and prayers to your family at this time.”
- Jean Ford
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Chris and Family, Sorry to hear about your Mother. You are in my thought's and Prayers.”
- Brian Cedar
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Prayers be with your family ”
- Denita Paulsen
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Maureen. Her beautiful voice and ready smile will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Bob McMurrin and Family
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Please accept my sincere condolences. Maureen was was a wonderful lady and I know she will be greatly missed. Your family is in my prayers. ”
- Lynn Kohn
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I'm very sorry to learn of you Mom's death. She was always a pleasure to be around, and welcomed me to her house when I was running around with Mike and Dan (those band kids can get pretty wild at times!). And she kept the Simonsen Rendering Plant office running for many years. Years later after we'd both moved on, whenever we met, she was always glad to see me and we'd visit. A truly nice lady. ”
- Bob Simonsen
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for the loss of you're mother. Thoughts and prayers”
- lora l jenkins mc murrin
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I am very sad to hear of your moms passing. You are in our prayers.”
- Patty R Glassmaker (Nicolaisen)
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear about Maureen it was a shock to hear about it . Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family Maureen was a wonderful women and a very talk active person and a very helpful person and she would call me to babysit for Paula kids when they needed a babysitter but she was a wonderful person . She will be missed a lot and we will miss talking to her in church . She had a wonderful voice on her and we enjoyed listening to her singing in church. ”
- Claudeen and Rosemary Bugh
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