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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
2:00 pm
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa




Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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Katie Eilers

Katie Eilers passed away unexpectedly at Iowa Methodist Medical Center on December 3, 2017. She was born July 28, 1944, to Roman and Margaret Franzen.

Prior to retirement, Katie was a Worker’s Compensation Examiner and served on the Governor’s Board of Physical Therapy. She was an avid reader. Katie enjoyed garage sales, thrift stores, and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and Dallas Cowboys.

Katie is survived by her daughter, Kelley (Mike) Hoffman-DeMaris of Ankeny; son, Sean Teske of Adel; grandchildren, Paige DeMaris of Cicero, NY and Cameron DeMaris of Ames; sisters, Linda (Terry) Evans of Adel and Mary Bailey of Altoona; best friend, Theresa Hutzel of Grimes; her nieces and nephews, as well as other loving family and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roman and Margaret Franzen; brother, John Franzen; and her sister, Clara Walker.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue in Des Moines.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Katie.

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