Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 Monday morning, September 9, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Anamosa, IA, with Military Honors by the United States Army and the Anamosa Veterans. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Anamosa. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 PM Sunday, September 8, 2019, at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa with a Knights of Columbus Rosary starting at 3:30pm and a Parish Rosary beginning at 7 PM. A memorial has been established for St Patrick’s church and Jones Regional Medical Center. donations to the family will support these memorials.
He is survived by ten children: Timothy of Houston, TX; Janelle (Barry) Lipp of Arvada, CO; Terri (Nick) Gardner of Marion, IA; Laure (Shawn) Doyle of Cedar Rapids, IA; Mary Hermesch (Matt Nelson) of Marion, IA; Michelle (Jim) Stelzer of Rogers, MN; Monica (Todd) Postel of Anamosa, IA; Madonna (Rich) Klimes of Muscatine, IA; Gerae (John) Turner of San Antonio, TX; Joel (Celia) Hermesch of San Antonio, TX; 21 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and a sister, Theresa Marie (Marvin) Winkler. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Geraldine, a grandson John Hermesch, and A 9 brothers, 6 sisters.
Lawrence Edwin Hermesch was born, April 20, 1933 at Kelly, Kansas. He was the son of Frederick and Mary Caroline (Wessel) Hermesch. He graduated from the Kelly High School with the class of 1951. Lawrence served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He returned from service to farm on the family farm in Kansas. Lawrence Hermesch was united in marriage May 29, 1956 in Kelly, KS to Geraldine Hutfles. They farmed near Kelley until 1967 when they purchased a farm near Anamosa, Iowa. Lawrence also worked off the farm as a driver for Farm Service and the Iowa Men’s Reformatory. In 1978 the family moved to Farmington, New Mexico but returned to Anamosa in 1979. Geraldine would precede him in death on November 26, 2013 after 57 years marriage.
Lawrence was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the 4th Degree and the Anamosa American Legion. He LOVED to play cards any time anywhere. Time spent with family and friends was important as was the time spent with his special friend, Sylvia Albers.