Norbert M. Banowetz
NORBERT M. BANOWETZ
Norbert M. Banowetz, 89, of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Private service will be held. Burial at 1 p.m. Monday, in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Maquoketa. There will be a visitation on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. As mandated by proclamation, social distancing must be practiced, which requires a limited number of people to be allowed into the visitation at one time. The use of face masks or shields are required.
Norbert was born Oct. 24, 1931, the son of Michael and Wilhelmina (Reuter) Banowetz, in Jackson County. He attended Preston High School and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1950. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1950 to 1954. He served a Korea Tour of Duty in 1952 and 1953. After his discharge from the Air Force he attended the University of Iowa, majoring in Accounting. He was then employed in the US Post Office followed by employment as an Agent for the Internal Revenue Service, until retirement in 1990, with a total of 35 years of government service. After Federal retirement, he was employed by the Cedar Rapids School District as a bus driver for 15 years. On June 30th, 1953, he married Vera Kloft, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa. This union brought four children, Sharon, Mark, Nancy and Kevin.
Norbert was a member of St. Matthew's Holy Name Society, American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Polka Lovers Club of Iowa.
Survivors include children, Mark (Kathleen) Banowetz of Ely, Iowa, Nancy (Gregory) Wymore of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kevin (Julie) of O'Fallon, Mo.; son-in-law, Neil Flesher of Avon, Colo.; grandchildren, Ryan Flesher, Lindsay (Brad) Hogan, Brian (Betsy) Banowetz, Kayla (Morgan) Mehlert, Chad Nunemaker, Amanda (Zach) Klimesh, Dr. Julia (Ilya) Buchkina, Timothy, Brad and Jonathan Banowetz, and 11 great-grandchildren. Also surviving brother, Raymond (Pat) Banowetz of Marion, Iowa; and Sister Dolores Banowetz of Dubuque, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Vera; daughter, Sharon; his parents; three sisters; and nine brothers.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation directed in Norbert's memory to Keystone Place, 6126 Rockwell Dr. NE., Apt 106, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. Please leave a message or tribute to the Banowetz family on our web page, www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.