(Apr. 14, 2006)
Katherine (Katie) Korell, 102, died on Good Friday, April 14 at the Powell Health Care nursing home in Powell. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lovell.
Katie and her twin brother, Alex, were born to Christian and Elizabeth (Rembe) Wagner on Feb. 29, 1904, in Sussanental, Russia. The family came to the United States in 1913 by way of ship to Ellis Island, N.Y., then to Baltimore, Md. and traveled by train to Park City, Mont. where the family worked in the beet fields. In 1917 the Wagner family moved to Lovell.
She worked in a bakery and as a waitress before her marriage to life-long mate, Pete Korell, on Jan. 26, 1930. They farmed for many years east of Lovell and had two daughters, Evelyn and Alma. Pete died in 1982.
In 1998 she sold her home in Lovell and moved into Rocky Mountain Manor in Powell. In July, 2001, she moved into the Powell Nursing Home where she lived until her death.
She liked to garden and was known for her beautiful tulips at her home in Lovell. She knitted many afghans for family members, each grandchild, each great-grandchild and most of the great-great grandchildren. She liked to play pinochle, bridge and her special double solitaire and was an avid bowler until 91 years of age.
She belonged to St. John’s Lutheran Church and was a faithful member and worker.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and Don Bowers of Powell and Alma and Don Cardinal of Casper; nine grandchildren, Barbara Bowers and family of Lincoln, Neb., Bonnie Malcom and family of Salina, Utah, Sherry Bowers and family of Cody, Randy Bowers and family of Lovell, Steve Bowers and family of Cody, Linda Carter and family of Cheyenne, Carla Gennaro and family of Denver, Ralph Cardinal and family of St. Paul, Minn. and Caryn Young and family of Casper. Other survivors are 22 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lydia Parks of Lovell; one brother-in-law, Harold Korell of Billings; two sisters-in-law, Katie Asay and Marguerite Korell of Lovell; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete; grandson, Donnie Bowers; her parents; four brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church, to the Powell Valley Health Care or to the charity of choice.