Kathryn L. Haht, 91, Hartley; Henry H. 'Hank' Haht, 96, Hartley
May 27, 2021
A memorial service for Kathryn L. Haht and Henry H. Haht was held Friday, May 21, 2021, at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel. Fr. Tim Hogan officiated. All of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren were honorary pallbearers. Military graveside rites were conducted by Sutherland American Legion Post #152, at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Sutherland. Hartley Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.
Kathryn Lorene Haht was born Nov. 14, 1928 in rural Sutherland, the daughter of Mathias and Inez (Cooper) Noethe. She spent her youth in the Sutherland area and attended school there, graduating from Sutherland High School.
On June 4, 1947, Kathryn was united in marriage to Henry “Hank” Haht at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland. The couple made Sutherland their home and became parents to seven children. With a big family comes a bigger garden and Kathryn was up to the challenge. Even after the kids left home, she always had produce to share with her family. She also spent many hours at the sewing machine, if not mending clothes then creating her “famous” potholders.
She thoroughly enjoyed being involved in her children’s school activities over the years, from Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to attending many school sporting events. Fishing and camping as a family was also something they all looked forward to – lots of good memories were made around a camp fire!
Caring for her family and time spent with them meant the world to Kathryn. Even though each day held its own list of duties and obligations to be dealt with, she somehow managed to work part-time at Millie’s Rest Home in Sutherland and also enjoyed being a Sarah Coventry costume jewelry dealer for many years. Relaxation meant catching up with her friends over a good game of cards and a cup of coffee.
Kathryn was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland where she was active in the Ladies’ Guild. She was also a member of the local American Legion Auxiliary.
She passed from this life on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at the age of 91 years.
Keeping her memory close at heart are her husband of 73 years, Henry Haht, of Hartley; children: Linda Tewes, of Hartley; Wayne (Sandy) Haht, of Spirit Lake; Jim (Alice) Haht and Susan Hinspeter, both of Sutherland; and Chris Haht and special friend, Trish, of Storm Lake; daughter-in-law, Micki Haht and son-in-law, Tyler Sechler, both of Calumet; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Matt and Inez Noethe; sister, Margaret Kastengren; daughter, Diane Sechler; son, Bruce Haht; two sons-in-law: Eldon Tewes and Denny Hinspeter; and a grandson, Adam Haht.
Henry Henning “Hank” Haht was born March 11, 1925 in rural Paullina, the son of Ernest and Elizabeth (Thomas) Haht. He attended the local country school, graduating from the eighth grade. He continued helping out on the family farm until leaving in 1944 to serve his country with the United States Army during World War II.
On June 4, 1947, Hank was united in marriage to Kathryn Lorene Noethe at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland. The couple made their home in Sutherland, expanding their family to include seven children: Linda, Wayne, Bruce, Jim, Susan, Diane and Chris.
Always a carpenter at heart, Hank worked at Lane Moore Lumber Yard, the State Hospital, Autumn Park complex, and helped family with many building projects throughout the years. He also enjoyed woodworking on a smaller scale, using his natural talent and craftsmanship to create beautiful shelves, quilt racks and seasonal decorations.
Hank was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland and a longtime member of the Sutherland American Legion, Post #152. He was an active volunteer, helping out with duties and functions in both organizations. He valued time spent with friends over a cup of coffee or having his family stop in anytime for a visit, and he never turned down a good game of cards!
On Thursday, April 29, 2021, Hank passed away at the age of 96 years, joining loved ones who had gone before. Preceding him were his wife, Kathryn Haht, in August of 2020; son, Bruce Haht; daughter, Diane Sechler; grandson, Adam Haht; sons-in-law: Denny Hinspeter and Eldon Tewes; parents, Ernest and Elizabeth Haht; brothers: Delbert and William Haht; and sister, Mildred Darr.
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Linda Tewes, of Hartley; Wayne (Sandy) Haht, of Spirit Lake; Jim (Alice) Haht and Susan Hinspeter, both of Sutherland; and Chris Haht and special friend, Trish, of Storm Lake; daughter-in-law, Micki Haht and son-in-law, Tyler Sechler, both of Calumet; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice Zeeb, of Custer, S.D.; other relatives and friends.