Katie was the fourth child of the Gus and Elsie (Haar) Verthein family of 11. She and her three brothers and seven sisters grew up in South Dakota and Minnesota. Katie graduated in 1938 from Caledonia High School in southeastern Minn. she was married in 1941 to Leo Carlton Enyart and lived in La Crosse, Wis. After Pearl Harbor and the national call up, they spent a few years during WWII at an Army paratrooper base, Camp Blanding, Fla. Katie’s husband Leo served on active duty while Katie worked for the US Army until her son Larry was born in 1943. After the war, they moved to Postville, Iowa near the Minnesota border not far from the Mississippi River, established a trucking business and lived there until 1968. Their daughter Connie was born in 1946. In 1955 they purchased a large farm between Waukon and Decorah, Iowa and the entire family continued their hard work to improve the property until 1966. They moved to Mesa, Ariz. and lived there for several decades where Katie worked for Xerox and Jacques Cattell Press until 1980. Katie, with a great sense of humor, was an expert and amazingly competitive in the German card game called Euchre and loved to play with her family and friends. Katie, a great cook and talented musician, enjoyed playing the piano and played at one time for some of the band members of the famous Lawrence Welk band during their tours in eastern South Dakota. She always played piano at family holidays and gatherings until her passing and could play numerous songs from memory. Katie enjoyed being a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church, Mesa.
She is survived by her son, Brig. General Larry Enyart, USAF (Ret) and daughter Connie Enyart. She was a proud grandmother and great-grandmother with granddaughter Lindsey Enyart and grandsons Lance Enyart, Jeff Harms and Chad Harms, with great-grandchildren Jordyn Harms and Tyler Harms. Steady and encouraging companions to Katie during her later years include her daughter Connie Enyart, son Larry Enyart and daughter-in-law Beverly Enyart. Katie, devoted and caring matriarch of her family, is survived by sisters LuEtta, Donna and Janice, several brothers-in-law, sister-in-law and numerous nephews and nieces.
Funeral and farewell services for Kathryn were held Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Valley of the Sun Cemetery Chapel in Chandler, Ariz. Memorial remembrance bench contributions for Katie and Leo Enyart may be given in lieu of flowers.