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Jeraldine "Jerri" (Kaster) Atkinson

February 12, 1932 ~ December 13, 2018 (age 86)

Jeraldine “Jerri” (Kaster) Atkinson, age 86, of Centerville, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Golden Age Care Center.

Jerri was born on February 12, 1932 in Albia, Iowa, the daughter of Virgil and Hazel (Jones) Kaster.  She graduated from Moravia High School with the Class of 1949.  On August 8, 1950, she married Donald Breese.  To this union, four children were born, Kathy, Susie, Dennis and Randy.  The couple divorced, and later, she was united in marriage to Bud Atkinson.

Jerri worked at the Daily Iowegian Newspaper in Centerville for several years.  Later in life, she worked for Aetna in Des Moines, which is where she retired from.  She enjoyed crocheting, golfing and spending time with all of her family, especially her dog, Casey.

Left to cherish Jerri’s memory are her children, Kathy (James) Milani of Altoona, Susie Kovacevich of St. Charles, Missouri, and Dennis Breese of Centerville; sixteen grandchildren; thirty-one great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Phyllis (Kaster) Williams of Newton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Jerri was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Atkinson; her parents, Virgil and Hazel Kaster; a son, Randy Breese; and three brothers, Clair, Dale, and Dallas Kaster.

A Funeral Service will be held at 6:00PM, Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Brian Hargrave officiating.  Burial will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Moravia at a later date.  A Visitation will take place Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, with the family greeting friends from 4:00-6:00PM.  Memorials have been established to Furever Friends of Appanoose County, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at


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