Carol Marie Howe, Monona, Iowa, March 4, 2023

Carol Marie (Sass) Howe, 78, of Monona, IA passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Good Samaritan’s Home in Waukon, IA on Saturday evening, March 4, 2023. She was born to William Charles Sass and Marie Marguerite (Schmitt) Sass in Monona on April 24, 1944. She was baptized on April 12, 1945 at the Methodist church in Monona.

Carol attended and graduated from MFL High School in 1962. She stayed in Monona with her mother until she met George Joseph Howe of Lansing on a blind date with mutual friends. They married on July 18th, 1970 at St Patrick’s Church in Monona. Their union of 52 years brought four children and several grandchildren.

She enjoyed sitting on the front porch visiting with family and friends, reading, singing, puzzles, crocheting, and most of all playing cards, which was a lifelong hobby. Throughout her life she played piano, cornet, and accordion. Also loved traveling to places like Hawaii, Alaska, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Bahamas, and many of the states with the love of her life, George.

Carol is survived by her husband George, four children: Michael Howe of Monona, Christopher Howe (Robin Laube) of Monona, Danielle (Roger) Hein of Blooming Prairie, MN, and Andrea (Ronald) Pitzer also of Monona. Thirteen grandchildren: Dracen Howe; Jessica (Ty), Justin (Jennifer), Jason, McKenna, Gabriel, and Zachary Hein; Dillon, Tryston, Chaise, Ethan, Gatlynn and Noah Pitzer; 5 great grandchildren, 5 sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers: William John, Edward, and Richard Sass; granddaughter Delandra Howe; 1 sister-in-law Phoebe Sass; parents-in-law Michael and Mary Howe, and 4 brothers-in-law: Orville Bratrud, Robert Howe, Edward Helgeson and Robert Jones.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Monona, Iowa There will also be a one hour visitation before mass at the church on Friday.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Friday, March 10, 2023 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Monona, Iowa with Rev. Martin Coolidge as the celebrant.

Burial will follow at Monona Cemetery in Monona, Iowa.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation service in Monona, Iowa is assisting the family with services.



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