Pearl Kater, 93, died on Sunday (Dec. 25, 2011) at Sedgwick Healthcare Center in Sedgwick.

Pearl Kater, 93, died on Sunday (Dec. 25, 2011) at Sedgwick Healthcare Center in Sedgwick.
She was born on Dec. 12, 1918, in rural Sedgwick to George W. and Ellen (Stein) Stamm. She attended “Diamond” country school for two years, and in 1928, she and her family moved into Sedgwick, where she attended grade school and graduated from Sedgwick High School.  
Pearl was an active member of Sedgwick United Methodist Church, and during the years, she was a choir member and participated in many quartets. She also held offices in the church and was a member of the woman’s society and church circles. Pearl was awarded a special membership from the church, of which she was proud.
She also was an active member of the Sedgwick Senior Center and the Sedgwick Go Club, where she received a certificate of recognition for 29 years working on the election board. She also enjoyed spending time outdoors and fishing, and enjoyed being a loving wife, mother and homemaker. Pearl also was a cancer survivor.   
On Dec. 14, 1937, she married Henry Kater in Newton. In their retirement years, Pearl and Henry spent their winters in Texas, where Henry preceded her in death on Jan. 26, 1981, in Edinburg, Texas.  They were married 48 years and were blessed with one daughter, Judy Gutzmer and son-in-law Rodger of Sedgwick.
In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, Pearl is survived by four grandchildren, Todd and Stephanie Bechtel of Overland Park, Darla and Bruce Pearcy of Augusta, Kim and Pat Hubbell of Lawrence, and Kelli and Keith Potter of Olathe; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Lester, Melvin and Willis Stamm; and one sister, Violet Stocks.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.
Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Sedgwick United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul Stephens presiding.
Memorials may be left with Sedgwick Methodist Church, in care of Petersen Funeral Home.