The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


February 1, 2014

Kathryn Frances 'Fran' Gerdom

Kathryn Frances ‘Fran’ Gerdom

July 17, 1922 - Jan. 29, 2014

MASON CITY — Kathryn Frances “Fran” Gerdom, 91, of Mason City, Iowa died Wednesday January 29, 2014 at the Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City, Iowa.

Family will greet friends from 1:00p.m.-3:00 p.m. Sunday Feb. 2, 2014 at the Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, Mason City, Iowa. A private memorial services will be held at a later time. Family suggests memorials to Hospice of North Iowa.

Fran was born July 17, 1922 in Laredo, Missouri the daughter of Oliver and Katie (Lein) Owens. She attended school in Grundy County and was a graduate of Laredo High School. She attended Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, Missouri and in 1940, moved to Burlington, Iowa where she was employed as a secretary at the Iowa Soap Company in Burlington.

She was married to Mark H. Gerdom January 31, 1942 in Canton, Missouri. He preceded her in death February 13, 1991 in Mason City, Iowa.

Following the war, the Gerdom’s lived in Burlington for a number of years then moved to New Jersey. They later moved to Clinton, Iowa, where they lived for 30 years before moving to Mason City, Iowa in 1990.

Fran retired in 1987, from International Paper Company, Clinton, Iowa, where she was employed as Executive Secretary to the Plant Manager.

While her sons were growing up she was involved in cub scouts and boy scouts. She enjoyed playing cards, socializing with her friends and traveling with her husband. Her greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with her family. She was a former member of First Presbyterian Church, Clinton, Iowa and was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Mason City.

Fran is survived by her son Dennis (Tami) Gerdom, Mason City, Iowa; three grandchildren Sunni ( Jim) Lensing, Mason City, Iowa, Ashley (Ryan) Trousdale, Nora Springs, Iowa and Lauren (Rob) Anderson, North Liberty, Iowa; four great grandchildren Alex, Brandon, and Kathryn Wiman and Reese Trousdale; and one sister Roberta Brick, Trenton, Missouri and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Mark; son Gregory Gerdom and brother Charles Owens.

Death date: Jan. 29, 2013

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