Patricia M. "Patty" McKenna, 99, years old of Friendship Village, Waterloo, and formerly of La Porte City, IA, died early Wednesday morning, April 7, 2021, at Friendship Village - Park Lane Health Center in Waterloo.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. - Saturday, April 10, 2021, at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Eagle Center, IA, with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 9th at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Eagle Center and for an hour before services Saturday at the church. Memorials will be directed to Camp Courageous of Iowa in Monticello, IA, and to Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville, IA.
A livestream of the funeral mass will be made available on the "White Funeral Home & Mt. Hope Cemetery: Iowa" Facebook page. Face coverings and social distancing will be expected.
Patty was born March 17, 1922, in Tama County, IA, the daughter of William Klein and Gertrude (Gibson) Klein. She was a lifelong member of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish and graduated from St. Mary High School with the class of 1940. On November 5, 1941, she was united in marriage to Robert Joseph McKenna, her high school sweetheart, at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. As they began their life together, they farmed and raised their family. They had 67 years together before Bob preceded her in death on July 25, 2009. Patty enjoyed dancing and playing cards, crocheting, taking bus trips to casinos, she enjoyed social events and people. She knew the importance of life's events and always remembered her family by sending cards to each until her eyes failed in the past 2 years. In addition to the church she was a member of the St. Mary's Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court 49 in Waterloo, the Red Hot Peppers Club and the Vinton 4th Street Diner Card Groups.
Patty is survived by three daughters, Lois Schmitt of Vinton, Evelyn "Evie" (Cleo) Schmit of Jesup, Shirley (Mike) Roth of Ft. Myers, FL; three sons, Joe McKenna of Hudson, Dick (Colette) McKenna of Vinton, Gary (Teresa) McKenna of Vinton; son in law, Dann Krafka of Solon; 27 grandchildren, Mike (Kim) Schmitt, Mark (Brenda) Schmitt, Matt (Kristin) Schmitt, Melinda (Tony) Duckworth, Sandy (John) Brandvold, Sue (Terry) Borman, Steve (Karma) Schmit, Karen (Jim) Keefe, Michelle Nelson, Sara (Lee) Campbell, Charlie McKenna and fianc Shannon Harden, Tracy (Jay) Severtsgaard, Dan McKenna, Dawn (Karl) Janssen, John (Nichole) McKenna, Katie (Brian) Hopper, Nathan (Jennifer) McKenna, Lisa (Clint) DeBuhr, Jason (Kimberly) McKenna, David (Dee) McKenna, Becky (Aaron) Kruckenberg), Nick (Holly) McKenna, Liz DeJoode, Andrew McKenna, Ashley McKenna, Alex Krafka, Ryan (Jeanette) Krafka; 46 great grandchildren, Megan (Ken) Roesnner, Alex (Lindsay) Schmitt, Courtney Schmitt, Mikaela Schmitt, Taylor Duckworth, Jake Brandvold, Jackson Borman, Amber Borman, Cole Borman, Spencer Schmit, Drew Schmit, Patrick Keefe, Cameron Keefe, Colin Nelson, Aiden Nelson, McKenna Nelson, Reese Campbell, Kyle Campbell, Max McKenna, Madeline McKenna, Meredith McKenna, Tyler Severtsgaard, Grant Severtsgaard, Noel McKenna, Wesley McKenna, Carly Janssen, Sam Janssen, Clayton McKenna, Will McKenna, Abigail McKenna, Matthew Hopper, Ben Hopper, Caitlin (Sean) Butorac, Caleb Kruckenberg, Bailey McKenna, Addison McKenna, Natalie McKenna, Jack DeJoode, Jules DeJoode, Mikayla McKenna, Madison McKenna, Macey McKenna, Erika McKenna, Jared McKenna, Tate DeBuhr, and Tanner DeBuhr; one great great-grandson, Calvin Roesnner and twin great great-granddaughters, Hadassah and Zion Butorac; two sisters, JoAnn (Cletus) Phillips of Waterloo, Novie Foss of La Porte City; one step-sister, Luella Zmolek of Waterloo; one step-brother, Donald (Phyllis) Reiter of Jesup; two sisters-in-law, Rita Eckhardt of Houston, TX, Maxine McKenna of Traer.
In addition to her husband, Robert McKenna, she is preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Peggy Krafka; one son and daughter in law, Bill and Earlene McKenna; daughter in law, Eileen McKenna; and two sons in law, Ronald (Ron) Schmitt and Don Selken.
White Funeral Home, Jesup, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements.