Grace Wathan

September 11, 1921May 10, 2019

Grace Wathan, 97, of Davenport, formerly of Durant, passed away, May 10, 2019 at the Kahl Home.

There will be no services. The Runge Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Online tributes may be expressed at

Grace was born on September 11, 1921 in Muscatine County, Iowa, the daughter of Arnold and Vera (Kautz) Petersen. She was united in marriage to Cecil Wathan on November 1, 1941. He preceded her in death on April 8, 1985.

Grace was a teacher in a one room school house and later a substitute teacher at other schools. In her younger years her pride and joy was tending to her home and preparing scrumptious meals and pies for the farmhands on the family farm. She enjoyed spending time in her flower garden and taking herself shopping. Above all else she loved children. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and any other little one that might stop by.

Those left to honor her memory include her daughter Ann Nordeen, Apache Junction, AZ; son Joe Wathan, Durant; 6 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and sister Janet (Don) Duncan, Muscatine.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Don Wathan, and siblings Floyd Petersen and Eunice Fahy.


  • Arnold Petersen, Father
  • Vera (Kautz) Petersen, Mother
  • Cecil Wathan, Husband
  • Ann Nordeen, Daughter
  • Joe Wathan, Son
  • Don Wathan, Son
  • Janet (Don) Duncan, Sister
  • Floyd Petersen, Brother
  • Eunice Fahy, Sister
  • Grace is also survived by six grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.


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Linda Schneider

May 14, 2019

So sorry to hear about her passing. Mrs. Wathan was my favorite teacher. I had her for second grade during the last year that Melpine school was open. I remember how she made us feel special on our birthdays. She had a box of old jewelry that included "diamond" necklaces that we were allowed to wear on our day. When we learned the school was closing down, she let us pick a necklace from the supply to take home. I still have that necklace, it is my toy box for my granddaughters to play with. She was a special lady and teacher.

Gary Freers

May 13, 2019

Ann, Joe, and family,
I want to express my sympathy to you all of you in the passing of Grace.
She was a great lady. May she rest in peace.

Jill Akers

May 13, 2019

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. I remember so many events with your family. My mom and Grace had a special friendship. I am sure they are sharing time together in Heaven. Jill

Chris Wulf

May 12, 2019

Grace has been a part of my kids' lives literally since they were born. Every year when we went up to her apartment to pay farm rent, she always wanted the kids to come along. Three boys in 4 years were a handful in a tiny apartment, but she wouldn't have it any other way. She would buy them small gifts at Christmas, she taught them how to play checkers, and she would make them "White Cows" (they are like Black Cows, but you use 7up or sprint instead of cola with the ice cream.) When we would go home, she would let each boy ride the chair down the stairs, commenting on how Cecil had always complained it was too slow for him. One day my youngest asked her, "Grace how old are you?" She cracked up and told him, "Honey, if a woman will tell you how old she is, she will tell you anything!" I truly never knew her age until reading the obituary, she would find that amusing! She was great lady, and will be terribly missed. Our hearts go out you. With much love, Neil and Chris Wulf