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Ethel I. Sperr

June 21, 1937 — June 21, 2018

Ethel I. Sperr

Ethel I. Sperr, 81, of Mason City, formerly of Garner, died Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Cornerstone Assisted Living in Mason City.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, June 26th at Faith Lutheran Church in Miller. Cremation will follow the service with burial at a later date in Lakeside Cemetery, Herman, Minnesota.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Monday at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. 4th St., in Garner with a VFW Auxiliary service at 5 P.M. Visitation will resume one hour prior to services at the church.

Ethel Irene Sperr, the daughter of Arthur and Adella (Piper) Ritter, was born June 21, 1937 at Venturia, ND. She attended school at Enderlin, North Dakota where she graduated from high school in 1955. Ethel continued her education at Wahpeton School of Science in North Dakota graduating with a degree in nursing. On October 12, 1958, she was married to James H. Sperr. They lived in seven communities in Minnesota including Evansville, Springfield, Owatonna, Hibbing, Wilmar, Darwin and Grove City before moving to Shell Rock, Iowa in 1972. Ethel worked as a nurse for over forty years with 26 years of the years at Sartori Hospital in Cedar Falls and the remaining years before her retirement at nursing homes near Waverly. In 2009, she and Jim moved to Garner to be closer to family. She enjoyed canning, gardening, embroidering, cooking, baking and was an awesome pickle maker.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Garner Lions Club and the Garner VFW Auxiliary.

Ethel is survived by her husband, Jim, of Mason City; five children, Melisa Williams of Tallahassee, FL, James (Brenda) Sperr of Knoxville, IA, Sandra (Jerry) Perkins of Hazel Green, AL, Debra (Jim) Grillot of Olathe, KS and Keith (Shelia) Sperr of Garner; nine grandchildren, James, Sperr, Jacob Sperr, Ian Grillot, Maggie Grillot, Laura Grillot, Candice Keene, Sarah Sperr, Molly Sperr, Kristina Murray, Nicole Saulsbury and Staci Williams; nine great grandchildren; five siblings, Elaine Johnson of Finley, ND, Duane (Donna) Ritter of Rockford, MN, Ardelle (Darrell) Tober of Long Lake, MN, Carol Brockman of Bloomington, MN and Arthur Ritter of Hampton, VA; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers-in-law, Gilman Johnson and Dale Brockman.
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Past Services


Monday, June 25, 2018

5:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)

Cataldo Funeral Home - Garner Chapel

160 East 4th Street, Garner, IA 50438

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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