Catherine H. “Katie” McCartney, 1929 – 2017

A Service of Remembrance was held Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Bagley Methodist Church for Catherine H. “Katie” McCartney, 88, of Bagley.

Words of comfort were offered by Pastor Larry Monthei. Carla Were will be soloist, accompanied by Lula Garnes. Honorary bearers were Kelly Forburger, Kurt McCartney, Bob and Hazel Frederick, Wayne Taylor, Dean and Ruth Shiflet and Jim and Kathy King.

Casket bearers were Kevin McCartney, Andrea Crabb, Dennis Crabb, Leslie Hanson, Travis Ketterer and Steffanie Elkin. Interment was at the Dodge Township Cemetery in Guthrie County.

The family was assisted by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home of Jefferson.

Catherine “Katie” McCartney, of Bagley, passed away Feb. 19, 2017, at the Madrid Home in Madrid at the age of 88. 

Catherine Hotaling was born Feb, 5, 1929, in Kingston, NY, the daughter of Clifford and Altie Hotaling. She graduated from Walkill High School in New York and moved to Iowa to attend Central College in Pella. After graduation, she accepted a teaching job at Bagley High School, focusing on English and home economics classes. While working in Bagley, Katie met her husband of 63 years. 

Katie married George “Eddie” McCartney in a ceremony on June 12, 1954 in Walkill. They made their home in Bagley, where they raised their two children, Linda and John.

While Katie was born in New York, Bagley was always her home. She volunteered throughout the community, especially at Bagley United Methodist Church and the Bagley library. 

Katie enjoyed reading, solving crossword puzzles, sewing, creating stained glass and working on other crafts.  She was a family cornerstone, hosting countless family gatherings and welcoming all her nieces and nephews to Bagley for a week each summer as they grew up.

Survivors include her husband Eddie; her daughter Linda (Dave) Ketterer of Monticello, IN; her son John of Houston, TX; one grandson, Travis; in-laws Keith and Beverlee McCartney of Burke, VA, and Bruce and Rita Blecken of West Des Moines; and six nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Clifford and her sister-in-law Mary Ann McCartney. 

Memorials may be given to Bagley United Methodist Church, Bagley Library, and the Madrid Home.


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