Oct 05, 2021 9:50 PM

Kathleen A. (Baalman) Zerr

Posted Oct 05, 2021 9:50 PM

Kathleen A. (Baalman) Zerr, age 85, of Grinnell, KS, peacefully transitioned in the comfort and loving care of her family on October 4, 2021, at Citizens Medical Center in Colby, KS. Kathleen was the only daughter of Ben and Frances Baalman.

Kathleen attended Angelus Grade School, her freshman year at Sacred Heart Academy in Wichita and graduated from Grinnell High School in 1954. On October 4, 1955, Kathleen was united in marriage to Vincent Zerr at Immaculate Conception Church in Grinnell, KS. Kathleen and Vincent were married for exactly 66 years (to the day) and were blessed with seven children. She was a homemaker, working alongside her husband and family on the farm in rural Sheridan County, KS.

Kathleen enjoyed taking care of her family, watching them in sports and in life. Kathleen loved to play cards and just have a nice long laugh with friends and family. She greeted people with a sweet smile and provided countless deeds of care and support for her community, family and friends. Her caring ways were evident in her 20 plus years of work at the Oakley Manor.

Kathleen proudly taught CCD classes in Angelus for many years, she was a member of the Angelus Altar Society and was a life-long member of both the Angelus “Daughters of Isabella” and of the Grinnell VFW Auxiliary, where she happily served as Post President and 9th District President.

Kathleen is survived by her husband Vincent: sons and daughter, Leon Zerr, of Grinnell, Rocky (Tracie), of Ft. Worth, TX, Sherri (Robert) Kuhlman, of Oakley, Darrell (Diane), of Centennial, CO, Thomas (Donna), of Kansas City, MO, Donald (Anne), of Aurora, Co and Curtis, of Park City, KS, 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother Terry Baalman, infant son John, and her daughter-in-law Loyce (Leon) Zerr.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 8th at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Angelus from 5 PM-7 PM with a Vigil at 7 PM. Funeral Mass will also be held in Angelus at 10 AM on Saturday, October 9th, with Father Luke Thielen and Father Brian Lager as celebrants, with the burial at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, in Grinnell. The family would love you to join them for lunch at the VFW in Grinnell. Memorials may be made to the Grinnell VFW Auxiliary, Grinnell Senior Citizen Center or St. Paul's Catholic Church and sent in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701. For information or condolences visit www.baalmannmortuary.com