Phyllis D. Kuhl
September 23, 1934 - October 26, 2020

Phyllis Branning MHS 1953

Phyllis D. Kuhl

Visitation October 30 10:00 - 11:00 AM Zion Lutheran Church Arcadia
Service October 30 11:00 AM Zion Lutheran Church Arcadia
Arcadia Public Cemetery, Arcadia, Iowa
Huebner Funeral Home in charge of services.

Phyllis Dorothy (Branning) Kuhl was born on September 23, 1934, to Fred and Hilda (Grundmeier) Branning in Carroll, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Iowa. She received her education at a country school near her home through eighth grade, and attended high school in Manning where she graduated with the class of 1953. Phyllis met her husband, Gene Kuhl in high school. The couple was married on August 15, 1954, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia, and they were blessed with four children. Phyllis was a stay at home mom and enjoyed raising her children. After her kids were grown, she worked various jobs; including a cook at Ar-We-Va Elementary in Arcadia.

Phyllis's faith in God and family was everything. She was an excellent cook. She made the best bread and cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed gardening. Phyllis was a hard-worker who participated in all farm chores, including butchering chickens. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and Gene cherished attending their school, sporting and 4-H events.

Phyllis passed away on October 26, 2020, at Regency Park Nursing Home in Carroll at the age of 86 years, one month, and three days.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; Gene's parents, Herb and Alice (Wilhelm) Kuhl; brother, Fred Branning Jr.; great-grandson, Jake Muhlbauer; and grandson-in-law, Ryan Carlson.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Kuhl of Arcadia; four children, Connie (Steve) McCollough, Doug (Sue) Kuhl and Kristi (Mark) Hoffman all of Vail, Iowa, and Debbie (Tim) Kraus of Westside, Iowa; grandchildren, Stephanie (Brad) Hinners, Stacie (Scot) Muhlbauer, Bradley (Tami) McCollough, Natalie Carlson, Melissa (Obadiah) Sawyer, Jenny (Justin Siegner) Kuhl, Amanda (Greg) Bellville, Mitchell (Amber) Hoffman, Michael (Kait) Hoffman, Shane (Amanda) Kraus, Caitlynn (Justin) Heiman, and Cara (Nic Rosener) Kraus; great-grandchildren, Makayla, Bret, Colter, Shayna, Alice, and Charlie Hinners, Karlie, Ty, Laynie, and Brandt Muhlbauer, Hallie, Aubrie, Dierk, Trace, and Clay McCollough, Taryn and Rhett Carlson, Lane, Sebastian, Landon, and Bruce Kraus, Mason Hoffman, Ryder and Calvin Bellville, Maddox Hoffman, and Raven Marie Oxendale; siblings, Beverly (Mike Tomlianovich) Branning of Bloomington, Illinois, and Bonnie (Ron) Cornelius of Vail; sister-in-law, Pat Branning of Carroll; brother-in-law, Rollin (Darlene) Kuhl of Irwin, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.

Page 57 of the Manning Schools history book

Washington No. 1

I don't have any pictures of Phyllis but here are some of the older Branning & Grundmeier students.
If anyone in the Branning family has country school pix, please let me know.

September 1923 - Ruth (Grundmeier) Tewes, Hilda (Grundmeier) Branning, Martha Vetter, Elvina Reinart
The rest of the kids Martha Vetter did not know...
Miss Jons teacher

Back: Louis Vetter, Art Branning, Earl Eischeid, Paul Vetter, Martha Vetter, Ethel Petersohn, Hilda Branning, Glennie Schoenjahn - teacher
Gilmore Oeser far right middle row in complete black clothes
Front Row: first girl in all white is possibly Arlene Peters, ??, possibly a Peters boy, ??, ??

Back: Hilda (Grundmeier) Branning, Martha Vetter, Louise (Grundmeier) Kurth
Front: Ruth (Grundmeier) Tews, Elvina Reinart, Helen Petersohn
Eleanor Jons - teacher

Circa 1915: 1 Clara Peterson, 2 Dorothy Peterson, 3 Leona Peterson, 4 Walter Branning, 5 Esther (Vetter) Peters, 6 Elsie Reinke, 7 Tony Reitama, 8 Louise (Branning) Dierenfeld, 9 Hilda (Rose) Doitch, 10 Emma Reinke, 11 Loretta (Rose) Boldt, 12 Otto Grundmeier, 13 Frank Vetter, 14 Margaret (Werder) Herbers - school teacher and mother of Helene Heithoff, 15 Eugene Osborne, 16 Mary Osborne, 17 Dorothy (Herman) Meyers

MHS 1953: Vera Ahrenholtz, Marlene Anthony, Glenn Branning, Phyllis Branning, Claus Bunz, Margene Drees, Allan Eich, Mary Lou Foley, Daryl Genzen, Loyce Gray, David Grundmeier, Dorothy Hammer, Marlene Hargens, Marlene Jahn, Wilbur Jahn, William Jensen, Ardella Joens, Donna Joens, Barbara Knaack, Dareld Kracht, Gene Kuhl, Gene Martens, Roland Meeves, David Muhlbauer, Robert Neubaum, Pete Petersen, Lewis Puck, Merlin Ramsey, Patricia Ramsey, Richard Rix, Corrine Sander, Cleone Schroeder, Colleen Schwiesow, Maxine Sextro, Ruth Sextro, Shirley Sextro, Glenn Singsank, Melvin Sinow, Donna Spies, Norbert Stoberl, Betty Stuhr, Merlene Thompson, Allen Vennink, Shirley Vinke, Roger Vollstedt, Shirley Watson, Myra Weinbrandt, James Wingrove, Phyllis Zerwas

Former MHS 1953: Dean Aden, Janet Asmus, Carol Bliefert, Joseph Bringleson, Jr., Mary Bringleson, Janet Dau, James Davenport, Michael Farmer, Jack Fuller, Howard Gilman, Roger Hansen, Mary Ann Hass, Richard Henriksen, Mary Ann Holme, Donald Lerssen, Caroline Louisfield, Roger Mentzer, Ramon Meyers, Leo Miller, Charlotte Mishler, Patricia Pare, Janice Popp, JoAnn Ramsey, Betty Remmes, James Rostermundt, Darrel Sander, Lois Sander, Everett Slechta, Arlo Stein, Michael Sullivan, Nadine Walters, Jon Wiemann

Town school information

1952 Homecoming Royalty

Back: Phyllis Branning, Phyllis Zerwas, Donna Joens, Marlene Anthony, Corrine Sander
Front: Bobby Heithoff, Donna Spies (Queen), Gloria Mohr

Girls' Glee Club 1951-52

Back: Marlene Bogatzke, Cleone Schroeder, Marlene Hargens, Jane Opperman, Sally Juels, Mary Helen Stangl, ??, Barb Knaack, Phyllis Genzen, Myra Schroeder, ??, Waldeen Jackson, Marlene Nulle, ??, ??, ??
Middle: Betty Foley, Shirley Watson, Marlene Anthony, Dorothy Hammer, Shirley Ruhde, Louise Polking, Ardith Witt, Shirley Sextro, Shirley Vinke, Joleen Klocke, Darlene Sextro, Carol Sander, Alice Ahrendsen, ??, Marie Johnson?
Front: Jeanne Lyden, Gwanetha Horbach, Carol Ann Gruhn, Cheryl Andresen, Phyllis Branning, Judith Vollmer, Janis Groteluschen, Janice Popp, Mary Lou Foley, Lois Struve, Charlotte Paulsen, Diane Rix, Janelle Kruse, Phyllis Zerwas

Ninth Grade graduation
Back: Billy Jensen, Richard Rix, Melvin Sinow, Pete Petersen, Gene Martens, Glen Branning, Dareld Kracht, Louis Puck
Middle: Marlene Jahn, Maxine Sextro, Ruth Sextro, Merlene Thompson, Allen Vennink, Phyllis Zerwas, Shirley Vinke, Norbert Stoberl, Roger Mentzer
Front: Myra Weinbrandt, Barbara Knaack, Shirley Sextro, Patty Ramsey, Nadine Walters, Margene Drees, Shirley Watson, Mary Foley

Ninth Grade graduation
Back: Claus Bunz, Gene Kuhl, James Wingrove, Glen Singsank, Merlin Ramsey, Allen Eich, Wilbur Jahn
Middle: Caroline Louisfield, Corrine Sander, Roger Vollstedt, Colleen Schwiesow, Robert Neubaum, Betty Stuhr, David Grundmeier, Phyllis Branning, Daryl Genzen
Front: Janis Popp, Marlene Anthony, Vera Ahrenholtz, Ardella Joens, Donna Joens, Cleone Schroeder, Donna Spies, Marlene Hargens

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