Carolyn Monthei

Carolyn Kay Monthei
1940-2013

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Hastings Funeral Home in Perry for Carolyn Kay Monthei, 72, of Rippey.
            Pastor Larry Monthei of the Cooper United Methodist Church officiated.  Music was provided by Marjorie Vannatta and soloist Kenny Monthei.
            Honorary bearers were Ben Vannatta, Dennis Ulrich, Willie Blasnitz and Nile Sealine.
            Casket bearers were Ken Countryman, Dave Hick, Tom Dennhardt, Kirk Chapman, Dale Thompson and Gary Schmidt.  Interment was in the Rippey Cemetery.
            Carolyn Kay Monthei, daughter of Carl Gerhart Shriefer and Grace Wilhemina Boe Schriefer was born December 19, 1940 in Geneva, NE, and died on March 29, 2013 in Jefferson, Iowa.
            Carolyn moved with the family to Iowa in 1941 and lived on farms until moving to Des Moines in 1959.  She attended several grad schools, including Cass #5 Country School in Guthrie county.  In 1959, Carolyn graduated from Perry High School.  She then went on to attend Iowa Beauty School, graduating in 1960.
            Upon graduating beauty school, Carolyn had a long 43-year career as a beautician, working in Perry and Rippey.  She later purchased the beauty shop owned by Eloise Overman, where she had made many wonderful friends.
            On October 2, 1960, Carolyn married Gail Monthei and the couple made their home in Rippey for 52 years.  This marriage was blessed with son, Marc, and daughter, Carrie.  Carolyn enjoyed her children’s school activities through the years and attending the Iowa State Fair year after year.  She also enjoyed working in her yard and collecting whit milk glassware.  She also had a large collection of lovely glassware items that she had received as gifts from her customers over the years.
            Carolyn attended the Trinity Lutheran Church as a child and was presently a member of the Rippey United Methodist Church, along with being a member of the Amity Club.
            Carolyn was a loving person with a pleasing personality.  She was a caregiver to her parents, siblings, and immediate family.  This trait passed on to her clients, her friends, and acquaintances.
            She is survived by and will be deeply missed by her husband Gail; son, Marc Monthei of Des Moines; daughter, Carrie McCain and her husband, Chris, of Ogden; sister, Shirley Hines of Perry, and other relatives and many, many friends.
            Carolyn was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jacob and Martha Schriefer and Emil and Anna Boe; parents, Carl and Grace Schriefer; infant brother, Gerald Gordon Schriefer; infant sister, Donna Mae Shriefer, Brother, Wayne Schriefer; and nephews, Donnie Jeffries and Kenny Hines.

Carrie provided a poem left behind by Carolyn for her son and daughter. A reduced copy is below:

poem from carolyn